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Urbino, Italy
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The University of Urbino "Carlo Bo" is an Italian university located in Urbino, a Renaissance hill-town in the region of Le Marche, in the north-eastern part of central Italy. The university was founded in 1506. As part of planning to revive Urbino from the beginning of the 1960s, architect Giancarlo De Carlo realised that, as well as redeveloping existing buildings, university work could bring a growing future. It could advance the inherited purpose of knowledge and learning. To save integrity of the old city, they started his design for the new residential university in the mid ‘60s, a kilometre outside the historic confines. This out-of-sight, just nicely separated setting was on the amphitheatre slopes of Cappuccini hill, facing south to the sun. The university has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside. The main accommodation blocks are situated a short distance from the town. Currently the university has about 20,000 students, many of whom are from overseas.