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Palazzo Ducale (Ducal palace)
13 Piazza Rinascimento, 61029 Urbino Driving directions
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Opening hours

8.30am-7.15pm (last admission 6.15pm), Mon 8.30am-2pm (last admission 1pm)

Description

This masterpiece of balance and taste was built from 1444-72 for Duke Federico by architect Luciano Laurana, who took over from Sienese Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Opposite the valley, a high facade adorned with superimposed loggias commands a panoramic view to the west of the old town, while to the east its appearance is more austere. The courtyard is a model of Renaissance harmony. The palace is home to a Lapidary museum and the handsome Galleria Nazionale delle Marche.

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