scale a chiocciola dei torricini

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


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.


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.

scale a chiocciola dei torricini