Location Urbino, Italy    
At the crossroads of peninsula and mainland, mountain and plain, and the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Marche, lies the small Italian town of Urbino. Nestled on a high sloping hillside, Urbino is a historic walled town which has kept much of its medieval appearance. It is renowned as centre of culture and learning. A pinnacle of Renaissance art and architecture, it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1998. Between 1444 and 1502, Urbino was one of the greatest cultural centres in Europe. This small hillside town attracted sculptors from Milan and Florence, architects from Dalmatia, painters from Spain, and tapestry makers from Flanders. Urbino was the birthplace of Raffaello and Bramante, the artists Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Melozzo da Forlì worked within its walls. Today it houses one of the most important collections of the Renaissance paintings in the world. The engraving and graphics departments of a number of prestigious arts schools and institutions are to be found in Urbino: the ISA State Institute of Art, founded in 1925, where the renowned Italian master engravers Trento Cionini, Alceo Quieti and Eros Donnini trained; the ISIA Institute for Industrial Arts, which is at the forefront of design and commercial art; the Academy of Fine Arts with departments in engraving, painting, sculpture and scenography. Urbino is also home to one of the oldest universities in Italy founded in 1506. It has ten faculties in the humanities, sciences and sociology, and around 17,000 students today. A variety of accommodations is available both within the historical centre of Urbino or in the near vicinity, ranging from independent apartments to collective accommodation for students, and tourist accommodation in hotels or self-catering cottages for rent in the nearby hills.
Palazzo Viviani Urbino (hosting the Raffaello’s Historical Archive and the Intaglio Engraving Archive)
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