Gubbio is our latest twin town with the formal twinning charter having being signed in April 2013. It is an ancient town situated in the north-eastern part of the Italian region of Umbria located on the lower slope of Mt Ingino. It is known for its medieval palaces, churches, cathedrals and other historic buildings. It has a population of around 30,000 and is situated about 50k from both Perugia and Assisi.

Gubbio is also famous for its many festivals including the Ceri Festival held on May 15th each year. The “Ceri” are huge wooden structures about 4 metres high on top of which are placed the statues of Saint Ubaldo, Saint George and Saint Anthony. They are raced around the town on the shoulders of the ceri bearers and thence up to the Basilica if Saint Ubaldo on the top of the mountain.

The slope of Mt Ingino provides a wonderful backdrop for the World’s Largest Christmas Tree on display during December. The tree is actually made up of about 800 lights connected by 40,000 feet of cable in the shape of a tree and sits on the side of Mt Ingino overlooking the town.

A simple cable car links the town with Mt Ingino and the Basilica of St Ubaldo, useful for those who don’t wish to make the long steep trek up by foot.

Gubbio’s main industry is cement manufacturing with tourism coming a strong second. Among the local craft activities historically established in Gubbio ceramics, wood and wrought iron hold prominent positions. Other types of craft include instrument-making, leatherwork and plaster moulding.

Food plays an important role in the town and there are many restaurants serving traditional dishes such as local game, cheese and charcuterie, tagliatelle with meat sauce, round, flat bread baked on a griddle, all frequently cooked with white or black local truffles. At the end of October each year there is a truffle festival with stalls of food and wine on every street.