Mercatello sul Metauro is a walled medieval village of approximately 1500 inhabitants set in the midst of the lush Metauro river valley. Situated at 1600' (490 meters) and surrounded by mountains, Mercatello is in the Italian Marche region 30 km from Urbino. The valleys and hills are dotted with buildings and farmhouses reflecting the neighboring Tuscan and Umbrian regions. Urbino's notable cultural and artistic influences can be seen in the wealth of monuments and works of art in Mercatello's museums, palazzi and churches dating back to the 12th c. with an invaluable collection of objects, furniture and frescoes.
The picturesque countryside offers innumerable trekking and biking possibilities in a refreshing mountain climate. Tuscan style farmhouses and agriturismi offer typical hearty Italian cuisine and the local people will welcome and encourage you to practice your Italian in a friendly, non-intimidating environment! Mercatello provides authentic small town friendly atmosphere with a piazza for impromptu get-togethers!
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How to get to Mercatello sul Metauro
The most direct connection is to arrive at the Bologna airport (BLQ), which is accessible from all major European hub airports, and only a 5 euro bus ride or approx. 15 euro cab ride from the railway station (7km). From there take the train to Pesaro (appx. 2 hours on regional trains, around 1¼ hours on the fast freccia trains), where there are numerous motor coach connections to Mercatello. Another option is to fly into one of the smaller airports of Rimini, Forli or Ancona served by low-cost European airlines and then take the train to Pesaro. Of course there are many flights into Rome (Fiumicino or FCO) or Milan (Malpensa or MXP) and though both airports are accessible to the railway system, neither is as convenient as Bologna. In Rome the Leonardo Express provides direct service from the airport to Termini station, and there is a less expensive routing to Trastevere and Tiburtina stations as well. In Milan, the Malpensa express connects to the Cadorna rail station twice an hour, and Lufthansa offers direct bus service to Milano Centrale station (1 hour ride). Both Milan and Rome have extensive subway systems connecting the various railway terminals.
You should plan to arrive in Pesaro during the afternoon of June 30 at the latest, as there is no bus service to Mercatello on Sunday. Below are the links for Trenitalia and bus timetables. The standard bus routing to Mercatello is either CS, CD or #46 bus from Pesaro to Urbino, then change to #15 (direction Lamoli). If connections are missed (it does happen) there is taxi service available in Pesaro, Urbino and Urbania.