With Roman architecture and steep cobbled streets, the medieval town of Gubbio should be on the “to go” list of any discerning tourist. This captivating town is situated near the foot of Mount Ingino, in the Perugia province of Umbria, central Italy.
Impressive stone houses with quaint mullioned windows in a medieval style, line the streets that run haphazardly, and at different levels across the town.
For those yearning to become acquainted with Italy’s unique history and culture, a visit to the ancient town of Gubbio will certainly fulfil such aspirations.
Here’s three unmissable places to visit in the fascinating Umbrian town of Gubbio.
Church of St. Augustine
With a single nave and mighty beams supported by eight arches, a huge ogival window in the centre of the wall, and a rectangular choir with vaults, the incredible Church of St. Augustine is well worthy of a visit.
This Roman Catholic Gothic-Romanesque style church was built during the second half of the 13th century. Within the inspiring Sant’Agostino Church is Virgilio Nucci’s ‘Jesus and the Samaritan’ from 1580, which is located in the first chapel on the left. In the 5th chapel, ‘Madonna del Soccorso’ from the 15th century can be gazed upon with awe by visitors.
Palazzo dei Consoli
The Palazzo dei Consoli is a medieval palace which as built under the design of Angelo da Orvieto in 1332 – 1349. The principle façade of this inspiring palace overlooks Gubbio’s central square and is divided into distinct architectural features, including an upper floor comprising of a gallery in the typical mediaeval style of being crowned with battlements.
The interior of this imposing palace is bright with mighty windows letting swathes of daylight filter into the large assembly hall.
Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery
The Pallazzo dei Consoli is also the home of Gubbio’s Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery. Many an impressive painting by local Umbrian artists, dating back to the 14th – 16th centuries, can be found in this inspiring gallery, including works by Felice Damiani, Virgilio Nucci, Francesco Signorelli and Timoteo Viti.
If you are passionate about Italy’s unrivalled architecture, art, history and culture, then a trip to the enthralling town of Gubbio should be high on your travel agenda.