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€119
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Urbino Resort is an exceptionally stylish and comfortable agriturismo in Le Marche, Italy. Part of a larger estate consisting of an organic farm, restaurant and shop, all set in Le Marche's gently rolling, verdant landscape, it makes a great alternative to a boutique hotel in the area. Urbino Resort stands out for its sensitive, 10-year-long restoration of the pretty pink-walled original farm buildings and cottages, excellent, locally-produced food and wine and idyllic setting in an officially protected area of natural beauty famous for the diversity of its flora and fauna – particularly its ancient oak trees. The main building of the hotel, housing the reception, café, reading room and a meeting room large enough for 120 people, is set in the former tool store, the towers of which were used for storing tobacco, while breakfast is taken in the ‘Canonica’ dining room of the village’s converted chapel.

Activities

The hotel itself has a swimming pool and spa with a menu of treatments centred around hydrotherapy and massage (including, intriguingly, ‘emotional’ shower treatments featuring chromotherapy and aromatherapy). Basic beauty treatments are also available. Just under six miles away is Urbino, a world heritage site which has been described as the ‘Ideal Renaissance City’. Founded by the Romans, it is the location of one of Italy’s oldest universities as well as the Palazzo Ducale, which Castiglione believed to be ‘the most beautiful to be found throughout Italy’. It now houses a collection of art including works by Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Titian, Signorelli and Barocci. The Adriatic coast is 40 minutes away; inland, between the sea and the mountains of the Apennines, the Marche region can be explored by horse or mountain bike (watch out for the characteristic medieval villages in pink stone which top its hills). 

Dining

A buffet breakfast features pastries, organic yoghurts, fruit, breads, eggs, ham and bruschetta. Half a mile down the road from the hotel is Urbino dei laghi, the new restaurant in the grounds of the estate which opened at the end of 2014 with award-winning chef Stefano Ciotti in charge. Balanced, as the hotel puts it, between tradition and innovation, the ‘eco-sustainable’ and health-conscious menu includes dishes such as ‘whole spelt tagliatelle with artichokes, broad beans and peas’ and ‘homemade cappelletti, parmesan soup, lemon and olive oil’. Pizza is made with organic flour and 65-year-old sourdough from the kitchen of local pizza legend Thomas Morazzini.

The basics:
33 rooms
Good for:
Agritourism in Le Marche, one of Italy's least known and loveliest regions
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