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Gubbio is a city in the province of Perugia, renowned for its medieval beauty and for the indistinguishable Palazzo dei Consoli. Located in a hilly context, this city also offers the view of pleasant surrounding landscapes. Due to this characteristic, the relief of this city is very discontinuous, at times tiring. However, any effort is worth it, just to visit it. However, it is possible to access an elevator that leads to the upper part of the city.
Always for the same geological context, to the north-east you can cross the Bottaccione Gorge, a deep river valley between Mount Ingino and Mount Foce.
Among the oldest cities of Umbria, Gubbio was an important center in Roman times. The large Roman theater dating back to the 1st century BC testifies to this. This site is located in the valley, outside the historic center, but easily reachable on foot.
Located in the lower part of the city and built in medieval times, the Church of San Francesco is a large church dedicated to the saint of Assisi. It is located at the Piazza dei Quaranta Martiri, after which the climb to the upper part of the city begins.
Nearby are the public gardens, which are a good place to relax before or after visiting the upper part of the city, which is the heart of the heart of the historic center of Gubbio.
Despite the very ancient origins, the predominant context in the city is the medieval one, where sometimes it will seem to be immersed in a knightly fort. The emblem of this context is undoubtedly the Palazzo dei Consoli, the most striking building in Gubbio, an imposing medieval public palace that stands out over the town below and dominates the surrounding area.
Continuing the uphill path, you will arrive at the Palazzo Ducale and the beautiful Giardini del Voltone, from which it is possible to admire the battlements of the majestic Palazzo dei Consoli at close range. The gardens are also well-kept and open to a pleasant panorama.
A few steps away is the Cathedral of Gubbio, or Cathedral of Santi Mariano e Giacomo, another medieval tourist attraction that deserves to be seen, although the main entrance, curving into a street, does not enhance its importance.
The rear part of the church offers a pleasant view over the historic center of Gubbio and also a way to easily reach the lower part of the city, also using the lift. Alternatively, it is possible to continue the long uphill journey to reach the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo.
You reach the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, passing through the highest part of the city on a panoramic path. This basilica is dedicated to Sant'Ubaldo, the patron saint of Gubbio, as the road leading from the cathedral to this basilica.
The route is quite long(almost 2 km) and uphill, to be able to visit this beautiful Baroque church which houses the body of the saint. Alternatively, there is a cable car, the Colle Eletto cable car, which leads from the city to the basilica and panoramic views from Mount Ingino.