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... There we found a Temple to Zeus (or the remains of said temple), an Amphitheatre, a Temple to Asclepios, and then walking through the ancient city, there were bathhouses, old houses with mosaics, and all sorts of interesting stuff. Though, when you are walking around an ancient city, you have to have a pretty good imagination to see what used to be there because these days, all that seems to be left are the foundations. But courtesy of the start made by German ...
... the old city walls. They separate the old historic town from the much newer one surrounding it now, which has gradually developed over the years. It's not a flat walk, as the wall builders followed the natural contours of the land, but the effort of going up and down is more than rewarded by the views of the hills and mountains (the Appennines we think) which can be seen quite clearly. Hopefully the ...
... Raphael was born. Other than that Joy had an idea of only 4 paintings held in this gallery.
The Ducal Palace is an impressive building near the top of one of the hills in Urbino and was closed for the New Year celebrations, so we set off hoping it was going to be opened today, but not really being sure. As we rounded the corner of the buildings we realised the door was open.....so today's itinerary was possible.
There is an €8 entry ...
... and changed over the years, you still are very much aware that you are in a family home of that time. As well as original paintings by Raphael's father, himself a much in demand painter, the highlight is a painting of the madonna and child by the young Raphael, and you can plainly discern the wonderful capture of light and colour which was to make him famous in later years.
Somewhat in awe we slithered back down the hill to relax with a ...
... didn't choose one thing in each course, off the menu....we would be getting everything on the menu!!!!!
Well as we finished one plateful another arrived with precision like regularity throughout the evening and all the contents thereof were equally delicious. There was no offer of salt, pepper or indeed any other type of condiments, not was it necessary to ask for them, every flavour was unique and perfect and we tried our ...