The historical centre of Gubbio has a decidedly medieval aspect: the town is austere in appearance because of the dark grey stone, narrow streets, and Gothic architecture. Many houses in central Gubbio date to the 14th and 15th centuries, and were originally the dwellings of wealthy merchants. Among most visited buildings and sites in the city are:
Roman Theater: This ancient open air theater built in the 1st century BC using square blocks of local limestone.
Palazzo dei Consoli: Dating to the first half of the 14th century, this massive palace, is now a museum housing the Eugubine Tables.
Duomo: This Cathedral was built in the late 12th century.
Palazzo Ducale: The Palace built from 1470 by Luciano Laurana or Francesco di Giorgio Martini for Federico da Montefeltro.
Santa Maria Nuova: This is a typical Cistercian church of the 13th century.
Basilica of Sant’Ubaldo, with a nave and four aisles is a sanctuary outside the city.
Saint Ubaldo Day
Saint Ubaldo Day is Jessup, Pennsylvania’s observance of Gubbio, Italy’s La Festa dei Ceri. Both celebrations honor the life of Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini who was canonized as Protector of Gubbio. The eve of his death anniversary, May 15, is marked in Gubbio by a procession known as La Corsa dei Ceri. Jessup conducts a nearly identical “Race of the Saints” on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.