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“Stunning hill-top town with gigantic open squares and lots of festivals”

Palazzo dei Consoli Museo Civico
Ranked #2 of 58 things to do in Gubbio
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Owner description: This museum is known for its collection of the famous Eugubine Tablets, which are seven bronze sheets that comprise a fundamental epigraphic document of the Umbrian civilization, dating back to the end of the 2nd century BC.
Reviewed 6 April 2014

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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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Beautiful building housing a range of interesting artefacts. Modern art, ancient tablets, religious tableaux, army memorabilia and a variety of ceramics.

Thank Mahonia
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

This elegant palazzo has great views of its piazza and the valley below. It contains the wooden prisms that are used in the Corsa dei Ceri each May. This event pits three teams in a strenuous race in which these large wooden structures and statues of saints are carried uphill to the basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, who is the patron saint of Gubbio.

The museum also contains the very rare Eugubine Tablets, which are inscribed in the ancient Umbian language, which is pre-Roman.

Thank rondi3
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

My personal favorite was to learn about Umbrian language and to see tablets from 5th century BC. Well worth it!

Thank Ella776
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

not to be missed, I think one of the most beautiful squares in the world, those who built it is a genius

Thank alistair p
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