Gubbio – My big surprise

Our tour in a camper in Umbria was not a very organized trip since the goal was decided just a week before departure.

I asked some information to those who had stayed there and I did some research online, but nothing more: the itinerary is outlined As macinavamo kilometers down the road. The only thing I knew for certain was that everything would be started from Gubbio, mostly as a matter of location of the city (one of the north, the most comfortable as a first stop).
So with confidence the first night we arrived at the RV park and in the morning, after breakfast, we were ready to explore the city.

Despite Gubbio seems little one for those who want to explore there is plenty to see and do, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Among the tips found online, the paper guide, the signs of the Tourist Office and with a good dose of “wandering at random” we built our tour of the city.

One day route to Gubbio

First we came across the large park that extends to the foot of the city, the center of which lies the ancient Roman theater, witness the origin of Gubbio. The theater is still used today in the warm summer evenings when performances are held outdoors.


The heart of the town is the Piazza Grande on which the Palazzo dei Consoli and the Palazzo del Podesta (now the Town Hall). From the square you can enjoy a nice view of the valley below and the red roofs of the houses.

In the Palazzo dei Consoli houses the Civic Museum, which houses Roman and medieval remains found near Gubbio, but most particularly and I most like about this palace is the loggia with its floor very steep and the large arches is the same views on which view the square.

Another attraction is the Cathedral of Gubbio which is in one of the highest points of the town and you can reach through the cobbled streets uphill, or by using one of the free lifts (this convenience there speak below). Next to the cathedral there is the Doge’s Palace, a museum which houses temporary exhibitions.

Palazzo Ducale you can get off and go back to town retracing Via F. da Montefeltro or cross the park Ranghiasci doing so a quiet walk in the shade of the trees along the paths (path pleasant on very hot days for shelter from the sun, although personally I I have not found superior).

Leaving the park it will come out the door located to the north-west of Gubbio, Porta Santa Croce. If from here we continue in the direction of the Roman Theatre is run through quiet streets with shops and small shops that have seemed less crowded with tourists in the rest of the city (for which personally I really liked this small apartment).

So we reached the main square of Gubbio, 40 Martyrs Square. In the adjacent park we stopped to eat our picnic lunch just bought one of the market stalls that was taking place in the square that day.

Since there is no mistaking the lodges of pullers that overlook the square: a porch built in the Middle Ages by the guild of wool producers to put to dry their goods.


Hidden behind the lodge the angle that I have loved Gubbio (although at that moment work was under way for the celebration that would take place in the following days): the San Giovanni Square, where stands the homonymous church. A very nice little place surrounded by restored stone houses with classic flowered windowsills I love taking pictures.

Last piece of the city that we missed was the fortress that dominates Gubbio and on which stands the Basilica of St. Ubaldo, the patron of the city. On the summit of Mount Ingino inside the basilica you can admire the candles of St. Ubaldo are the protagonists of the most famous town festival, the Corsa dei Ceri, which takes place every year on 15 May.

The fortress can be reached on foot but we opted for the cable car (€ 6 per person a / r). From up there the best view of the city and see the valley of Gubbio.

Curiosity Gubbio

One of the most tiring in Gubbio (as in other cities located in the hills) is having to walk up and down streets pending. In Gubbio there are available to allow the free lifts to climb up the city plans: the first connects Via Baldassini with the Palace of the Podesta, the second connects Via XX Settembre (at Piazza Grande) with the Cathedral.

Very convenient for families with young children, the elderly, the disabled, or those who – as in our case – has a very lazy dog.

Gubbio is also called the “town of fools,” and you can earn a driver’s mate doing three laps around the Fountain of the mad (which we unfortunately did not identify, so we were without citizenship! If you know where it is … locate it !).

Typical dishes of Gubbio

We were too little to the city to try the delicious but we did not miss one of the most typical fast and frugal (as style low cost of the trip required): crescia, a cake very low crescent that is cut in half, heated and stuffed with meats and cheeses.

Simple and understated but absolutely recommended.

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