The city is dominated by the Palazzo dei Consoli,its square battlements and campanile declare its power- mantra. the palazzo commands attention with an open,large empty piazza with a high parapat that looks far over the mosaic of roofs to the green plains stretching beyond the town.
Shelved against the slopes of Monte Igino,Gubbio looks almost precisely as it did during the middle Ages,when its bristling towers,steeply vertical buildings,and monumental Town Hall,were the setting of a vigourous city republic. North of Perugia, it sits in isolation in the deep wooded area,terraced and clinging to a precipitous cliff-like site.
Inside the Town Hall are the famous Iguvine tablets which contain clues to Gubbio's past when it was a sacred centre with many temples and sanctuaries,not withstanding its strategic military post on the Via Flamina, between Rome and Ravenna.
The mammoth hall of Palazzo dei Consoli reflects the communal grandeur of medieval days.while Gubbio flourished,it became the centre of ceramic manufacture especially majolica and black buccero & lusterware ,for which the town is famous. numerous open doorways on the streets outside display local ceramics offering brightness where there is a solemn facade.
The town hosts a celebration,in the form of The race of the candles,an obscure ceremony where three rival teams of 12,colourfully dressed young men who sing,banquet,parade before making a mad dash through the streets. There is no winners or prizes,other than the cathartic release of explosive energies,with all of the city joining in celebrating,
the palazzo di Ducale across the small piazza faces down the Duomo,the only cathedral in all of Umbria,with a single nave of its sombre interior,covered by rows of Gothic arches that support the wooden roof.
Check out,at the bottom of the hill,the old weavers gallery which is now a market,that bears all the action.
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