Ancona – Renaissance Urbino

Turnaround in Venice was damp and dreary. I saw the Venetian Port Authority building and that’s it. However, first tour of the new cruise (and the last I’m going to post from Split, as we were only there yesterday as I write this) was Urbino, where Raphael was born and Baldesar Castiglione wrote a book about the perfect courtier cribbed totally from Cicero’s De Oratore, among other classical sources. I enjoyed it a lot. My photos aren’t great, though, because it was raining and I only used the small camera inside the ducal palace. We should be here again in another couple of months, though, so I hope to take some decent pics in the sun then.

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