Circle "URBANITAS" was formed in 1933 with the aim of
conserving and spreading abroad the rural traditions
and culture of the 19th-century Marches, traditions
generated within a society engulfed in such severe poverty,
that occasions for celebrating festivals were indeed
because they were rare, the holidays constituted events
that were truly unique, which everyone strove to experience
and enjoy as intensely as possible.
such occasions, consequently, the peasants of the Marches,
to the accompaniment of sprightly music and vivacaous
dance steps sometimes bordering on the phrenetic, gave
free play to their deep-seated longing to have fun and
Spanning several decades since its foundation, "URBAPģITAS"
has contributed weightily to keeping alive and to making
widely known the rural traditions and culture of the
Marches. On this account, the Association constitutes
a center of reference for those who are interested in
researching thoroughly the various aspects of the local,
popular music, dances, costumes and traditions.
Although at the
beginning of its activity "URBANITAS" restricted the
field of its endeavors to the Marches, from the 1960's
on, however, it has extended its operations to the entire
Nation, having participated likewise in the filming
of Dino Risi's "Straziami ma di baci saziami" starring
The Center is
also proud to have taken part in several televised transmissions
aired both on regional and on national channels. During
the 1970's, when "URBANITAS" began to establish itself
likewise, however gradually, throughout other countries
of Europe, at the same time "NIINIGRUPPO URBANITAS"
came into being and began to take its first steps.
From 1970 on,
moreover, the Association collaborates with the municipal
administration of Apiro in organizing the annual international
folkloric festival "TERRANOSTRA APIRO".