Enjoy the free day to explore Urbino as you wish! Or, feel free to add any of the following suggested Optional Day Tours to your itinerary:
1. Monte Catria by cable car - Fonte Avellana Hermitage - Pergola Museum of the Gilded Bronzes
Experience an amazing adventure at the top of Monte Catria. Take a cable car to the top of the mountain with your private environmental guide and enjoy an easy hike around for about 90 minutes. Then, savor lunch at a mountain chalet. Down again by cable car to reach Fonte Avellana and its peaceful monastery. Guided visit of the Scriptorium, the Cripta, the Cloister, and the Basilica Minore. You may end the day with a visit to the Pergola Museum of the Gilded Bronzes and admire the only surviving life-size group of gilded bronzes from ancient Rome. There are two female figures, cloaked and veiled, and two horsemen, wearing military outfits on decorated horses. The statues are thought most likely to date between 50 and 30 BC and depict members of a prestigious local family.
2. Monte Nerone hike - Gourmet lunch at a private house in Piobbico - Brancaleoni Castle
Enjoy a leisurely easy hike with your private environmental guide to Monte Nerone and Pecoraro Castle (about 2 hours) and discover its unspoiled nature and a stunning landscape at the border of the Marche and Umbria regions.
Then, go back to downtown Piobbico and meet Chef Roberto at a private house, where he will prepare a delicious lunch including black or white truffles (depending on the season) and local specialties. After lunch, visit Brancaleoni Castle, an imposing fortress with its Renaissance architectural structure.
3. Winery Visit - Terracotta Traditions - Cooking class
Discover two wineries, an historical one and a modern one situated in the northern part of Marche region. The historical winery in Barchi has been producing wine for 3 generations. You will visit 3 different cellars, the oldest one, the modern one and the third cellar where they produce the “passito” wine. Then head to Fratterosa, the modern winery, where Luca and Maria Vittoria have been producing top quality wine since 2008. Visit the cellar, walk in the vineyards and enjoy a tasting with beautiful views. Transfer to downtown Fratterosa to meet local terracotta artisans and their “botteghe” (shops). You will end the afternoon with an amazing hands-on cooking lesson with Sofia: featuring pasta and Presidio Slow Food “Fava” and take part in an interesting and simple workshop about local food tradition. Enjoy dinner at a gourmet restaurant in Fratterosa.