An unassuming chapel tucked into an out-of-the-way lane holds one of Urbino's most recognized art treasures. The brick-built Oratorio di San Giovanni was originally the chapel of a hospital that served pilgrims and infirm in the 1400s by the Confraternity of St. John, who ministered to the poor and sick.

The chapel might have stayed in oblivion but the Confraternity decided to decorate it, and the Salimbeni brothers of San Severino Marche not only did them worthy, they completed their highest masterpiece that still leaves visitors awestruck. The walls are awash in color and vibrancy, with intricately painted frescoes that show off a refined technique, careful choice of colors and minute details. The Life of St. John the Baptist comes to life in vivid strokes, while the Crucifixion is a unified scene that is recounted in various pieces, occupying the wall behind the altar.

A visit to Urbino should include a visit to this beautiful chapel. It is open daily from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM and from 3:00 PM til 6:00 PM. On Sundays open from 10:00 AM til 12:30 PM. Cost is €2.50.

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Address in Urbino:

Via Federico Barocci, 31.

Ph. (+39) 072 232 0936.

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