"Those who arrive in Urbino unaware of its history and its importance are faced with an extraordinary surprise, or rather a miracle. In the play of the hills that endure the access roads, here appears a fairy palace that time has neither scarred nor dented. It is a leap back in time, a dip in the purity and freedom of the spirit "(Carlo Bo).
"The protagonist is precisely Renaissance humanism: the new vision of history and human and social life according to the classics of Greek and Roman thought and art and together according to the principles of new science, learned in arithmetic, in astronomy in geometry, in painting, in the physics of work and machines, so the whole man leaves the square of the tables of devotion and fear, from inside turns, involutes of the village close to defense, broken inside the edges and the towers of the guilds and of the factions, and faces the territory and the square with serene awareness.It starts to build entire cities, also as places of administration of culture, concreteness and function of the whole society, and also of its challenge to nature and history.
Thus the first palace that appeared on the face of the earth, the first in history, was designed and soon put into operation. No longer a castle with fortifications and defenses, fortresses and traps. dungeons and prisons, place of authority and oppression, nest of privileges and fears, but a city residence, wide and flat, open and welcoming, full of rooms lit by large windows, suitable for government and administration and many others for social gatherings, for music, books, instruments, painting ... "(Paolo Volponi).
"Urbino has an aristocratic landscape, sweet and sour at the same time. It has these light blue that we find in many paintings by Giovanni Santi and Piero della Francesca. The landscape of Urbino is an almost timeless backdrop ". (Umberto Piersanti)
"Urbino is a city of light, it is the only ideal city that also exists in reality. In Urbino, an extraordinary man had the idea that it became a series of rooms, rooms, decorations, stuccos, paintings, a wonderful courtyard to which Francesco di Giorgio put his signature. And even if you arrive at night, in Urbino you will hear the friendly voices of those who have found their soul here.
D'Annunzio spoke of the city of silence. Urbino is instead a city full of voices, it is the city of the soul. Here the dream is reality, the ideal is real, here everyone finds himself. In Urbino you can meet people who walk and are looking for your soul. This is the miracle of an ideal city that we have before us, of an extraordinary palace where we can only add what is useless, because it lives alone and is perfect ". (Vittorio Sgarbi)
"The silence of the alleys, the city of silence mentioned by D'Annunzio. You look, you see, everything is dreamy, this is its strength, this is the strength of Urbino, it is beautiful. I believe that if there is something that distinguishes Urbino it is just being a place of the soul. Stairs, squares, hanging gardens: everything lives in a dimension of harmony and balance composed and park. But then suddenly, Urbino opens up on magical and fabulous scenarios. Urbino among the small cities of Italy has been included together with Florence and other Renaissance cities in the list of European polis of culture because despite being small it has in its history and in its present a European dimension; with the Duchy of Montefeltro it is of universal importance like Ferrara and Mantua, and also with Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello and some cornerstones of the Renaissance. I would also remember that with Castiglione he contributed to the unification of the Italian language. So Urbino has the basis for this candidature, also by way of the University and the graphic school, to be included in the ranks of European cities of culture. "(Umberto Piersanti)
We are still: we have Urbino in the face windy: everyone sends from a flounce | his comet for the blue ciel. (Giovanni Pascoli)
"Federico built a palace, the most beautiful in all of Italy; and of every opportune thing so well supplied it, that it was not a palace, but a city in the form of a palace being seemed ". (Baldassare Castiglione, Il Cortegiano)