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“Beautiful place.. but empty!”
Review of Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale
Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Gubbio
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Owner description: Built in 1476 AD and restructured at the end of the 15th century, this palace is an important example of Renaissance architecture, with an elegant interior surrounding a courtyard built of stones and bricks.
Reviewed 24 January 2017

The palace is magnificent and really makes you feel history, However, bar a couple of rooms it's completely empty..

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is a pigs ear of a visit.

The lady at the ticket office is certainly not interested in breaking off her conversation with friends to pay you much attention. It sets the tone for a rather unfriendly and cold place.

However, this Renaissance Palace in a largely medieval City is certainly a place to visit despite the rudeness of those who are paid to welcome you. The courtyard has wonderful grace creating a balanced space from an awkward trapezoidal plan. Note the three arcaded bays facing the opposite façade's four bays.

Then there is the small but marvellous craftsmanship and artistry of the studio of Federico Da Montefeltro. Yes, it is a copy of the original sold to the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1939. It is still a thing to wonder at the craftsmanship of the wood marquetry. But then the rest of the rooms leave one rather unenthused as the original furniture, etc have been removed and it all looks and feels rather barren and lonely.

Thank FoodieArch
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Duke's Palace has been amazingly restored but somehow it’s mostly dull and boring apart from the Duke’s library/studio, which is covered in beautiful marquetry exhibiting the most amazing trompe-l’oeil effects. It's the only part of the palace that's worth seeing. It's not the original as that is in the Metropolitan Museum New York. The other parts of this Museum are just so-so.

The palace walls are densely covered with portraits – also fully restored – and there’s lots of information about them but very little interesting information like how did the Duke live when he was here.

There's a nice little terrace outside that's a good place to take photos of the town below and the little café can provide a wine and coffee. The gardens are only OK and the toilet on site is best described as primitive.

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

The Palazzo Ducale is another sight to spend some time viewing the grandeur of the local dignitary, as was, some few hundred years ago. There is an 'empty' quality to this place, almost as though the life has been sucked from it.

Thank MustBe
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

The outside is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, tall and lofty, standing on the west side of a sweeping square, framed by other elegant period buildings on the other three sides. The atmosphere is amazing.

Thank opossumd
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