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Day 4 - Wednesday
ART IN URBINO AND A CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH EMILIA-ROMAGNA
A neighbor to Tuscany and Florence (just 60 miles away), this region played an important role in the Renaissance, due in large part to the humanist and military leader, Federico da Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino. 

Today we cross into the region of Marche, to explore Urbino, where we begin to appreciate the power and splendor of his court. Accompanied by a local guide, we’ll visit Montefeltro’s palatial residence, which today hosts the National Gallery of Marche, displaying works of art by Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, and Raffaello, who was born here in 1483. 

In the afternoon we have a special treat. We’ll visit an area where a very unusual cheese is produced, the formaggio di fossa di Sogliano. This highly-prized cheese is aged in underground pits dug out of the tufo/volcanic tuff.

An award-winning cheesemaker will host us, acquainting us with the procedure for making this cheese, followed by a tasting of his family’s specialties. 

We’ll return to Santarcangelo where you are free to explore the town on your own and dine in one of the many trattorie/restaurants in centro