All about Gubbio
Here is everything you need to know about:
Gubbio is a quaint, charming town with lots of things to do for both children and adults. The town gets magic at Christmas time, but there is a great array of exhibitions throughout the year; don’t miss the summer concerts that are usually held in the evocative Roman Theater.
Getting to know the town
First of all, I recommend you visiting the Tourism Office, not far from Piazza 40 Martiri (some information is available online too). Here is where you can get some valuable insights into cultural events, attractions and current exhibitions, as well as a map of Gubbio, tickets for the events and brochures of any kind.
The Turisticard (€3) is a one-day audio-guide that will help you get to know Gubbio; you will learn, for example, about Fontana del Bargello and how to get Gubbio’s Patente di Matto (the Madman’s License), and much more!
The Full Turisticard (€5) consists of the above-mentioned audio-guide, plus a combined ticket that will allow you to visit all the museums (once) at a reduced price. It also includes discounts for the Gubbio Express train, the City Services, a return ticket for the cable car, plus other discounts in selected shops and restaurants.
Servizio Turistico Associato – Monday to Sunday – 9am-1pm / 2pm-6pm.
Via della Repubblica 15 – Phone: 075 922 0693 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Colle Eletto Funicular
This nice and short day trip is suitable for everyone: couples, families with children and even dogs. An open “cage” will bring you to the top of Monte Ingino; the route is breathtaking and offers a wonderful view over Gubbio. At the top there are a bar and a restaurant with a view; you can also pay a visit to Basilica di San Ubaldo.
Questa deliziosa piccola gita è adatta a tutti, coppie, famiglie con bambini e anche cani. Con dei cestoni aperti, si viene trasportati in cima al Monte Ingino. Il percorso è mozzafiato e regala una vista stupenda su Gubbio. In cima si trovano un bar, un ristorante con vista e la Basilica di San Ubaldo, che è possibile visitare.
When it’s time to go back to Gubbio, you can either use the cable car again or walk down the 2-kilometer dirt road which leads to the funicular’s car park. It’s a beautiful, easy pathway, but I suggest that you wear suitable and comfortable shoes. For further information, visit www.funiviagubbio.it
Gubbio is an awesome sequence of ascents and descents; especially on a hot summer day, you may want to use the free elevators instead. This way, you’ll be able to reach Gubbio’s highest point easily and to visit it from top to bottom.
Browse this link for further information on opening hours.
Gubbio Express is the nicest way to explore Gubbio with the children: they will have fun on the comfortable, colorful little train that will bring you all around the town. https://www.gubbioexpress.it/
Exhibitions, markets and events
Like most Italian cities, Gubbio has its own festivals and markets too.
First of all, you could visit the local weekly market (every Tuesday morning) to buy fresh fruit an vegetable, Pecorino cheese and some delicious porchetta (typical spit-roasted pork from central Italy), as well as clothes, houseware, and much more. For those who has a flair for it, finding some good deals will be a piece of cake! I suggest you going early in the morning, because it gets a bit crowded later and finding a parking spot gets harder.
Local weekly market: every Tuesday in Piazza 40 Martiri, from 8am to 1pm. If there’s a bank holiday on Tuesday, the market is postponed to the following available Sunday.
Call Polizia Municipale for further information: +39 075 927 3770.
A big market/exhibition is held in the historic center of Gubbio twice a year; it usually lasts the whole day (8am-8pm approximately):
May 17 – Fiera di Sant’Ubaldo
June 24 – Fiera di San Giovanni
You’ll fall in love with the Antiques Market on the third Sunday of each month, while a Local Farmer’s Market is held on the fourth Sunday of each month. They are both located under Logge dei Tiratori, from 9am to 6pm.
Confesercenti Gubbio -Phone: 075 927 6410 (Antiques Market)
Servizio Turistico Associato – Phone: 075 922 0693 (Farmer’s Market)
Truffle lovers can’t miss the National Exhibition of White Truffle and Agri-food Products, (late October/early November every year).
Browse the official website tartufo in tavola for further information on dates, exhibitors, tastings and much more.
Where to eat
After testing several restaurants, we selected those which we liked the most and we arranged the opportunity for our guests to get a discount between 10% and 20%.
You will just have to say that you’re staying at La Panoramica Gubbio when it’s time to pay the bill. Of course, you can explore and choose a restaurant by yourself instead: Gubbio doesn’t have any 3-star restaurants but neither tourist traps, so it will be a sure hit!
Home delivery available
This deli is the ideal choice for those who’d like to have lunch or dinner at home while enjoying the garden and the beautiful view over Gubbio or the countryside. Their home-made dishes are always fresh and delicious; they have a wide array of products, including typical dishes from Gubbio.
They also deliver home upon request.
Via Leonardo da Vinci, 111 – Phone: 075 992 0143
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Osteria del Bottaccione
This old-time tavern is located just outside Gubbio, on the road to Bottaccione Gorge. It’s a rustic place where you can enjoy big portions of the typical cuisine from Gubbio and Umbria. Curious fact: owner and cook Rosita Merli won the 2018 edition of the Italian TV cooking show “Cuochi d’Italia”. While there, you don’t want to miss the delicious Truffle Sauce and the Friccò. Ask Rosita what it is!
Via di G.Pennino, 25 – Phone: 075 922 0694
Orto – Osteria dalla Terra
The only vegetarian restaurant in Gubbio is so good and original that ends up being a non-vegetarians’ favorite as well! The dishes colorful, fresh and finely presented. In this welcoming restaurant, the products are carefully selected among the local farms. There’s a nice outdoor area for your summer dinners.Via C. B. Conte di Cavour, 27 – Phone: 075 927 7671
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Dulcis in Fundo
Ristorante con Pizza
This restaurant is strategically located in the heart of Gubbio, not far from the car park in Piazza 40 Martiri. It features a tasteful cuisine, well-presented dishes, a kind and professional service, as well as an outdoor dinner area on the Corso.
You must try thair special truffle menu, let alone the meat-based dishes: the tartare is delicious!
I want to mention their “pizza non pizza”, made with a special, easy-to-digest dough. You either love it or hate it: I love it and I can’t stay away from it too long!
Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 2 – Phone: 075 927 3376
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Located in a historic palace dating back to the XIV century, this restaurant gets particularly charming in summer, when you can enjoy your special candle-lit dinner in the terrace/garden or surrounding the historical Bargello Fountain. While offering a typical cuisine from Umbria and other parts of Italy, it also has themed menus: Truffle Menu, Gubbio Menu, Tasting Menu, New Year’s Day Menu…
Curious fact: this is a traditional, family-managed restaurant, now at its third generation!
Via Dei Consoli, 37 – Phone: 075 927 3724
It’s a historic restaurant/pizza place located in the center of Gubbio and very easy to reach from Piazza 40 Martiri. It boasts a large garden, Medieval halls, a great service, a varied menu and an exceptional wine list.
Their cuisine is typical from Umbria and the whole of Italy, but you can choose special menus at Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Saint Valentine’s Day…
It usually opens early for lunch and dinner and is suitable for celiac people too.
Via Repubblica, 41 – Phone: 075 927 3810
Locanda del Tartufo
Located in the town center, it is a typical restaurant with stone walls and straw chairs.
This is the perfect place to try truffle specialties and local deli meats, served informally on chopping boards; pair them with crescia (a typical kind of focaccia baked on rounded iron slabs), a glass of Umbrian wine or some craft beer from Gubbio.
Via dei Consoli, 11 – Phone: 349 833 8459
Here is an Informal and cheerful diner where you can enjoy burgers made with local ingredients, as well as delicious sauces and a great choice of beers.
Vegetarian and vegan burgers are also available: they’re made with ingredients that are selected among the farms of the area. Their pizza is quite special: made with a high-hydration, long-leavened dough, it is particularly light, crunchy and easy to digest. The place is very easy to reach from the car park in Piazza 40 Martiri.
Via Repubblica, 41 – Phone: 075 927 2668
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Last but not least: located inside Torre Calzolari, it is outside of Gubbio but it’s really worth it!
It’s the place to go for those who love a super thin and crunchy pizza: it’s my favorite one! All the other dishes are equally good, especially the grilled meat.
The price-quality ratio is great: everybody loves this place and it’s always quite crowded!
Torre Calzolari – Phone: 075 925 6523
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- Coming from Viale Parruccini, you’ll reach the last roundabout where an arch opens up in the old walls; drive through it and you’ll be at a large car park: it is free of charge on your left, while you’ll need to use a parking disc for the area on your right-hand side. Use the underground passage to get to the city center.
- Again from Viale Parruccini, turn right at the roundabout and find a large paid car-park area in your right-hand side.
- Piazza 40 Martiri is a large paid car park: it’s the closest to the city center and you can easily pay with coins, banknotes, credit card or debit card.
There are several supermarkets in Gubbio, either big or small. Here are my favorite ones:
Via della Piaggiola, 144, 06024 Gubbio PG – Phone: 075 9220343
It is generally open from 8am to 8pm, sometimes on Sundays too.
It is new, bright and well stocked. I love their bread, but the deli, the fish and the meat sections are equally good.
Via dell’Arboreto, 06024 Gubbio PG – Phone. 800 595 595
It is generally open from 8am to 8pm, sometimes on Sundays too.
It is the best choice for some cheap grocery shopping.
Although there are no famous brands, you’ll love their deli section and their tasty meat and fish.
Cheese & Deli meat
Prodotti Tipici “dal Generale” – Piazza dei Quaranta Martiri, 1 – Phone. 392 844 0109
I recommend this so much! They sell typical Italian products, such as amazing Italian pecorino cheese, but also more unusual Italian or foreign kinds of cheese.