After being under Greek and then Roman rule, the Marche region's heyday was during the 15th century, when it became one of the biggest centres of innovation of the Renaissance. This is best seen in the perfect architectural qualities of Urbino Ducal Palace, which epitomises the Renaissance spirit. The same spirit kindled all artistic endeavours in the court of Federico da Montefeltro, a duke, a patron of the arts, and a mathematician. The land of birth of Piero della Francesca has more than just museums and art galleries to offer. Its mountainous landscapes, hills, and nature reserves provide the perfect surroundings for walks and strolls, and seem to stretch all the way down into the Adriatic Sea. The beaches along the coast are a popular tourist destination during the summer.