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    Malatesta & Montefeltro

    Fortress and museum

    San Leo - Centro storico

    The origins of the fortress were already lost to memory at the time of the wars between Goths and Byzantines (sixth century). It was a constant subject of contention in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, until conquered by Federico da Montefeltro in 1441.

    The fortress is a mighty defensive work designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and seems to be an extension of the rocky crag on which it stands, a work of both Man and Nature combined, with a majestic beauty all its own. Under the rule of the Papal State the fortress of San Leo became a harsh forbidding prison: Count Cagliostro ended his days in its cells. And even after the unification of Italy in the nineteenth century, the fortress continued to be used as a prison, up until the year 1906. Now a museum, the fortress has collections of armour and weaponry, and visitors can also see the cells of famous prisoners and the impressive fortifications.

    It is advisable to check the timetables by contacting the Tourist Office 0541-926967

    Tickets on sale until 45 minutes before closing time.

    Free guide services for school parties and groups of adults, by prior arrangement.
    Shuttle bus for groups of adult visitors, by prior arrangement;  € 1,00 per person, return ticket € 2,00

    how to get there:

    located in the historic core of San Leo take SP 258 road from Rimini and you will reach the municipal territory of San Leo after about 26 Km.
    by bus: Start Rimini/connects with Benedettini coaches

    Opening hours

    Opening period: open all year round
    Entrance: fee payable
    Full fee:9.00 Reduced fee:7.00

    Contact details

    Via Battaglione Cacciatori - Phone: (+39) 0541 926967, (+39) 800 553800 - Phone fax: (+39) 0541 926973 - - -
    Fortress and museum
    Via Battaglione Cacciatori

    43.89782436401928; 12.344881625408929

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    Last update: 12/04/2022