Tourist Attraction in Urbino: Casa Santi (Casa natale di Raffaello)
Casa Santi or Raffaello's Birthplace is a museum in Urbino. The house where Raffaello was born in 1483 was built in the 14th century and from 1460 there lived Giovanni Santi, father of the famous painter, in turn a professional painter and poet. In 1637 the building was acquired and assembled by local architect Muzio Oddi in 1837 and became the seat of the Academy Raffaello in 1837, founded in 1869 by Pompeo Gherardi and promoter of numerous initiatives and studies on Sanzio. The first floor has been furnished with period furniture, which gives the idea of the house-museum. In the main saloon there is a precious wooden chest of wood-framed wooden ceiling and paintings by Giovanni Santi; in the adjoining rooms we find other contemporary paintings, reproductions of Raffaello's own tables and the kitchen as it was at the time. It stands out from the bedroom where perhaps the painter was born, with the Madonna of Casa Santi, a Madonna and Child attributed to the young Raffaello, who would begin her famous Madonna series. Always on the first floor a typical courtyard with wells and the stone where the tradition wants to grind the stones for the colors of the shop, located on the ground floor. Other works exhibited are a Raffello drawing, another attributed to Bramante and a collection of renowned Renaissance ceramics, famous all over the world. On the second floor there was the Academy, which today holds a library of rare manuscripts and editions; In fact, in addition to a number of copies of paintings by the "divin painter", he has left a collection of coins and portraits of the 19th century, which document his history and foundation. Through a special ballroom you can go over the courtyard and access the back part of the house, where there are other stairs that lead back down. In the "Casa di Santi" Shop, the Academy organizes almost without interruption small exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, almost always in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts.