The gray city
Gubbio is ancient town in Umbria, is a medieval village nestling at the foot of Mount Ingino in the province of Perugia. It is bordered to the east by the Apennine Mountains in the Marche region and to the west by the Tiber valley, a stunning area full of natural beauty and heritage of art. Gubbio is also known as the “gray city” for the blocks of limestone with which it was built which give it the typical medieval appearance.
Following the discovery of the “Tables of Gubbio” (seven bronze tablets of the fifteenth century into Umbrian dialect which highlights ceremonies of purification and sacrifice), now preserved in the chapel of the Palazzo dei Consoli of the XIV century and symbol of the city, have learned the basic knowledge of the history of the city.
Worthy of note are the palaces Beni, the Bargello with the famous fountain of the Captain of the People. The Renaissance Ducal Palace which recalls and certifies its time under the rule of Montefeltro. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova in the twelfth century with the Madonna of Belvedere by Ottaviano Nelli of 1413, the Church and Convent of St. Augustine of the thirteenth century with frescoes by Nelli, the Church and Convent of St. Francis of the thirteenth century, St. John XII century with its facade and the bell tower in Romanesque style, St. Peter enlarged in 1505 and San Domenico also developed in the fourteenth century.
Gubbio is not only art and beauty, but also a range of local products such as ceramic art from the most skilled Umbrian handicraft that has very ancient roots, the wine of excellent quality including Torgiano Rosso, Rosso di Montefalco and the Rosso dei Colli Amerini, Sagrantino di Montefalco, white wine such as Grechetto, the Orvieto Classico, white of Colli Amerini and Colli del Trasimeno, in addition to rosé and sparkling. The extra virgin olive oil, truffles blacks and whites excellence of the area and food and wine that still offers the use of simple ingredients such as legumes, grains, wheat, spelled that in the past were the basis for the creation of many dishes. Finally, cheeses and cakes of Umbria as torcolo of San Costanzo and Umbertide, zuccherini di Bettona, the rocciata, ciaramicola and Perugia Pinoccate.
The race of ceri (candles) of Gubbio
There are many recurring events in town, but certainly we mention the two most important: the Corsa dei Ceri (running with candles), which is celebrated on May 15, in addition to the reenactment of the Crossbow, which takes place on the last Sunday of May.