Renovation of the Jole and Melaranci apartments

The Ducal Palace of Urbino announces a period of renovation and rearrangement of the Jole and Melaranci Apartments, scheduled until 28 March 2024. In order to preserve and enhance the beauty of these historical spaces, public access will be temporarily suspended during this period, while lift access will be possible as early as 13 February.

The Ducal Palace is committed to ensuring the preservation and enhancement of its cultural heritage. At the end of this renovation process, the Jole and Melaranci Apartments will be ready to offer a new and enriched museum experience to visitors.


Cortine d'onore del palazzo ducale di Urbino al crepuscolo

Extraordinary Openings 2020

The National Gallery of the Marches participates in the enhancement project for 2020, promoted by Mibact, which includes special evening events and openings. From September 3rd to October 15th, 2020, every Thursday, it will be possible to visit the National Gallery of the Marches until 11:15 PM (last entry at 10:15 PM). On the days of Saturday, September 26th, and Sunday, September 27th, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days, thematic mini-guided tours will be organized by the Exhibition Office in collaboration with the Educational Services of the National Gallery of the Marches. Moreover, on Saturday, September 26th, from 6:15 PM to 10:15 PM (last entry at 9:15 PM), access will be available at a symbolic cost of 1 €. The National Gallery of the Marches also participates in the Night of Museums, on November 14th, 2020, with extraordinary opening hours until 10:15 PM (last entry at 9:15 PM).


torricini del palazzo ducale di urbino

New programming of free days 2019

The Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities has revised the schedule of free openings of Museums and Cultural Sites, establishing certain dates and giving individual institutions the autonomy to set additional dates.

Common to all state museums will be free admission on every first Sunday, limited to the months between October and March, and the establishment of one week per year, known as the "Museum Week," determined annually by the Ministry. For the current year, the Museum Week, offering free admission to all State Museums and Cultural Sites, will take place from March 5th to 10th.

Each individual institution has the opportunity to set eight more days of free admission throughout the calendar year. The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche | Palazzo Ducale di Urbino has determined the following schedule for these openings:

  • June 1st - Feast of San Crescentino, the patron saint of Urbino.
  • June 7th and 8th - Duke Federico da Montefeltro's birthday.
  • August 12th, 13th, and 14th - Duke's Feast.
  • December 7th and 8th - Duke's Winter Feast.

During the Museum Week 2019, the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche | Palazzo Ducale di Urbino will offer, included in the free admission, the exceptional opening of the Torricino throughout the event and access to the important exhibition dedicated to Raffaello's father, Giovanni Santi.

Furthermore, from March 5th to 8th, at 5:00 PM, there will be the opportunity to visit the Giovanni Santi exhibition accompanied by specialized personnel:

  • Tuesday, March 5th, 5:00 PM - Guided tour of the "Giovanni Santi" exhibition by the Educational Service.
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 5:00 PM - Meeting with Giovanni Santi, led by Dr. Rosaria Valazzi and Agnese Vastano, the curators of the exhibition.
  • Thursday, March 7th, 5:00 PM - Guided tour of the "Giovanni Santi" exhibition by the Educational Service.
  • Friday, March 8th, 5:00 PM - Meeting with Giovanni Santi, led by Dr. Rosaria Valazzi and Agnese Vastano, the curators of the exhibition.

scale a chiocciola dei torricini

Torricino opening

Location of privileged observation, it is one of the highest points in the city, from which you can admire a spectacular 360° panorama of Urbino and its beautiful territory.

UP AND DOWN THE TORRICINO: Beyond the Usual Viewpoints

Architecture

Identifying emblem of the "Palace in the Form of a City," the Torricini, perhaps inspired by the minarets beyond the Adriatic, consist of a cylindrical structure that rests on a sloping base. At the top, the balcony supported by stone brackets with overlapping elements serves as the crown of the central structure of the tower itself, defined by Baldi as the "Canna della Torre." The balcony, like the entire Palace, was once crowned with battlements before the second floor was added in the sixteenth century. The apex of the "Canna" is adorned with a robust stone cornice, an effective encircling feature designed to contain the stresses of the pinnacle that it supports.

Use

The Torricini served as the primary vertical pathways of the Palace. The north-west one was for the Duke's private use, providing access to his apartments from the stables and the bathhouse, while the other was for the servants and service from the kitchen to the Duke's Apartment. The external access also allowed for resupplying the Palace. It's not to be excluded that the Torricini were also used as astronomical observatories, given Federico's great passion for this science and astrology. It's worth noting that the astronomer Paolo di Middelburg, Federico and Guidubaldo's teacher and a study companion of Nicolaus Copernicus, was present at the Court of Urbino.

What You See

From the Duke's Wardrobe, ascending to the top via the spiral staircase inside the northern Torricino, you can access the circular walkway. From this vantage point, you can enjoy a view of the entire city, its walls with the Albornoz Fortress, and the landscape extending toward the Apennines and the sea. During his stay in Urbino accompanying Cesare Borgia in 1502, Leonardo da Vinci had the opportunity to draw not only parts of the Ducal Palace, such as the Grand Staircase and the Perdono Chapel, but also the city walls and the aforementioned fortress.