Date: Every Wednesday from 12 June to 11 September
Timetables: 9.15 p.m.
Adult: € 5.00 (for those wishing to include in the tour the guided tour of the fortress, a supplement of € 4.00 per person is required)
Baby < 6 year: free
Guided tour of the historic center starting from Piazza Ganganelli, near the Triumphal Arch, throughout the historic center with stage and entrance to the caves.
It is advised to make bookings by 18:00 on Tuesday.
The town of Santarcangelo is almost 10 Km far from Rimini and it is characterised by a quite harmonious urban structure acquired between the 18th and 19th centuries.
PLACES TO GO
Rocca Malatestiana the fortress takes its name from the Malatesta family, the lords of Rimini, who, in the 13th century, gave it its current structure.
It is currently owned by private citizens.
Ganganelli Arch is located in Ganganelli Square, it is a triumphal monument erected in 1777 in honour of Pope Clement XIV, who was born in Santarcangelo.
The Arch is an integral part of a popular legend, in fact, according to the local traditions, every year on 11th November, during Saint Martin’s Fair (a great market that counts innumerable and typical products, such as the Romagna piadina, roasted chestnuts and a very special must, called Cagnina) a pair of cow horns hanging from the monument warns you about your partner’s loyalty. In fact, if the horns swing when a person passes underneath the arch, it means that his/her partner was unfaithful to him/her!
The Collegiate Church
In 1741, Pope Benedict XIV, at the request expressed by the clergy and the local community, suppressed the two existing parishes (the ancient St. Michael the Archangel Church and St. Agatha’s Church) and authorised the construction of a new unique huge parish church and collegiate (so that ruled by a college of canons – nine to be precise – hence its name of Colleggiata).
It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Hole Rosary.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower, located in the Galassi Square, is 25 metres high and it is now called Campanone (huge bell). It was established in 1893 in place of the ancient tower, which had been demolished because of its poor conditions. It was built in neo-Gothic style and along with the Ganganelli Arch, it represents the town symbol since it shapes the local landscape and contributes to its character.
The Ancient Mangle (an ancient wheel press) is the only still working Leonardesque machine in Europe, used for imprinting colours during the processing. Given that it is still intact and working, it had been scrupuslously kept and guarded since 1633 in the ancient Stamperia Marchi (a print house) in C. Battisti Street, 15.
The splendid Stampe Romagnole are typical local prints of the Romagna.
The rough canvas, from tablecloths to blankets, is rust-printed by artisans with handmade decorative motifs of various kinds, in the old printing houses of the country.
Museo del Bottone – The Button Museum
It displays a wide collection of buttons which tells a story that goes from the 17th century up to present day.
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
MUSAS The Historical-Archaeological Museum of Santarcangelo
The museum itinerary starts from the archeological area, from the Pre- and Protohistoric period, up to the Roman age, and then moves forward to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, up to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
From May to October from Tuesday to Sunday 4.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
May / June / September from Thursday to Saturday open also in the morning 10.30 a.m-1 p.m.
From June to September open also in the evening on Tuesday and on Friday 9.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.
* free entrance
** You can visit the Museum, at different times and on different days, on request.
Tonino Guerra Museum
The permanent museum “In the world of Tonino Guerra” hosts Tonino Guerra’s works. Over 60 projects, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and printed canvases, are on display in order to witness his rich and fruitful activity.
FROM JUNE TO AUGUST:
10am – 12.30pm, 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Closed on Thursday
FROM SEPTEMBER TO MAY:
On Saturday and on Sunday: 10.30am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am – 12.30am, 4pm – 7pm
Closed on Thursday
Admission is free
ONDE INVISIBILI -INVISIBLE WAVES – Small Radio, Communication and Telecommunication Museum
In the core of the historical centre, on Delle Monache Square, 2, you can find this small museum, called “Onde Invisibili”, dedicated to the radio, communications and telecommunications industry.
The Tuff Caves
A real maze below the historical centre. Enchanting and fascinating caves whose origins are still shrouded in mystery. Perhaps they were used as granaries, iceboxes and secret escape routes.
Byzantine Church dating back to the 6th century.
It is the oldest place of worship in town and in the surrounding area, built by Byzantine craftsmen and inspired by the great contemporary models of Ravenna. It was the most important religious building until the mid-eighteenth century, when the Collegiate Church was built.