This city is surrounded by beautiful hills and is almost carved in the rocks of the hill on which it lies. It is one of the oldest and charming art-cities of the Region, a masterpiece of medieval architecture which one can appreciate only by strolling along its alleys. One can breathe its history in every corner just by visiting its churches and palaces.
The Palazzo dei Consoli overlooks in a mejestic way the Piazza Grande. It is considered one of the main examples of Italian civil architecture. In its interior the Museo Civico safeguards the “Tavole Eugubine”, seven antique bronze tables explaining not only archaic rites which were still celebrated at the end of the Roman Republic (1st century BC) and at the time of Emperor Augustus, but also contain very precious information about the Umbrian language.
Gubbio is also known as “la Città dei matti”, that is the city of mad men and women, because of the proverbial difficulty of foreseeing their behaviour. Every year on the 15th of May they celebrate the well-known “Corsa dei Ceri” in honour of Saint Ubaldo, the patron of the city. However, there are reasons to believe that the “Ceri”, huge and heavy wooden candles each one transported in a running contest by a group of young men represented something else in pagan times.