Theme Week Umbria – Gubbio

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Palazzo Pretorio © Geobia/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palazzo Pretorio © Geobia/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gubbio is a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the province of Perugia. It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines. The historical centre of Gubbio is beautiful and of decidedly medieval aspect: the town is austere in appearance because of the dark grey stone, narrow streets, and Gothic architecture.

A fair number of the houses in Gubbio date to the 14th and 15th centuries, and were originally the dwellings of wealthy merchants; they often have a second door fronting on the street, usually just a few inches from the main entrance. This secondary entrance is narrower, and a foot or so above the actual street level. This type of door is called a porta dei morti (door of the dead) because it is commonly stated that it was used only for removing the bodies of any who might have died inside the house. This is almost certainly false, but there is no firm agreement on the true purpose of the secondary doors. One of the most likely theories is that the door was used by the owners to protect themselves when opening to unknown persons, leaving them in a dominating position.

General view © Zyance/cc-by-sa-2.5 Piazza Grande - Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palazzo dei Consoli - Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0 Basilica di S. Ubaldo © Geobia/cc-by-sa-3.0 Teatro Romano © Geobia/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palazzo Pretorio © Geobia/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Palazzo dei Consoli - Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0
Gubbio is home to the Corsa dei Ceri, a run held every year always on the 15th day of May, in which three teams, devoted to St. Ubaldo (the patron saint of Gubbio), S. Giorgio, and S. Antonio, run through throngs of cheering supporters (clad in the distinctive colours of yellow, blue and black, with white trousers and red belts and neckbands), up much of the mountain from the main square in front of the Palazzo dei Consoli to the basilica of St. Ubaldo, each team carrying a statue of their saint mounted on a wooden octagonal prism, similar to an hour-glass shape 4 metres tall and weighing about 280 kg (617 lb).

Gubbio was also one of the centres of production of the Italian pottery (maiolica), during the Renaissance. The most important Italian potter of that period, Mastro Giorgio, was active in Gubbio during the early 16th century.

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