(Urba; Orbach) is a municipality
in the Swiss canton
. The town lies on the Orbe River
and has around 5,100 inhabitants. It is the seat of the district of Orbe
counting 19,000 inhabitants.
The town has a coffee factory owned by Nestlé producing Nespresso, a marionette museum, late-Gothic church and Roman mosaics and ruins.
The Roman Mosaics are composed of several hundreds of pieces on the floor of the original site which was once part of an extremely large Roman villa, a palace belonging to a rich but unknown landowner. The villa was built in approximately AD 160 and abandoned around the year AD 270.
During the Roman times, Orbe - then known as Urba - was a town of Gallia
, in the territory of the Helvetii
. In the Antonine Itinerary
it is placed between Lacus Lausonius
, xviii m.p. from Lacus Lausonius and xxiiii m.p. from Ariolica.