Urbania is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino in the Italian region of Marche, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Ancona and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Pesaro, next to the river Metauro.

Comune di Urbania
Location of Urbania
Urbania is located in Italy
Location of Urbania in Italy
Urbania is located in Marche
Urbania (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°40′N 12°31′E / 43.667°N 12.517°E / 43.667; 12.517Coordinates: 43°40′N 12°31′E / 43.667°N 12.517°E / 43.667; 12.517
ProvincePesaro and Urbino (PU)
FrazioniBarca, Campi Resi, Campolungo, Gualdi, Muraglione, Orsaiola, Ponte San Giovanni, San Lorenzo in Torre, San Vincenzo in Candigliano, Santa Maria del Piano, Santa Maria in Campolungo, Santa Maria in Spinaceti
 • Total7,789.8 km2 (3,007.7 sq mi)
273 m (896 ft)
 (Dec. 2004)[2]
 • Total680,445
 • Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Urbaniesi, Durantini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0722
Patron saintSt. Christopher
Saint dayJuly 25
WebsiteOfficial website

Urbania borders the following municipalities: Acqualagna, Apecchio, Cagli, Fermignano, Peglio, Piobbico, Sant'Angelo in Vado, Urbino.

It is a famous ceramics and majolica production centre. In recent years, it has become more closely associated with the Befana folk tradition.


Originally known as Castel delle Ripe, it was a free commune of the Guelph party. In 1277 it was destroyed by the Ghibellines, then rebuilt by the Provençal Guillaume Durand in 1284 and christened Castel Durante. Later it was ruled by the Brancaleoni family. When the latter were ousted, the city offered itself to the Dukes of Urbino, who used the palace in the city as summer residence and had it restored by architects such as Francesco di Giorgio Martini. The last della Rovere duke, Francesco Maria II, is buried in the Ducal Palace of Urbania.

In 1631 it became part of the Papal States. Five years later its name changed to the current one, in honor of Pope Urban VIII.

On 23 January 1944 Urbania was bombed by the Allies, resulting in the deaths of 250 civilians.[3] It was a Sunday so the people had gathered in the town, increasing the number of victims.

After World War II Urbania received the Bronze Medal for Military Valour for the deeds of its citizens during the partisan warfare.


The base of the Chattian international stratigraphical stage is located in Urbania and is marked by a GSSP and commemorative sign which were installed there in May 2017.

Main sightsEdit

Globe signed by Mercator and dated 1541; now in the 'Palazzo Ducale' museum. It is one of about 22 existing Mercator globes.[4]
The main entrance of the Barco Ducale viewed from south west

Population HistoryEdit


Urbania features as the main setting of Ci Siamo (ISBN 1-86391-109-X) a textbook for students of Italian used by many Australian students in the middle years of high school.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Tiscali Webspace". web.tiscali.it.
  4. ^ http://www.urbania-casteldurante.it/s1_globi[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Urbania at Wikimedia Commons