Travel guides with useful information for visiting Santarcangelo
Area: 45 Km2
Maximum altitude: 42 mt a.s.l.
>A bit of History
The town began to develop in around the 10th
century around the parish church, the oldest monument in town, and then, subsequently to the Barbaric Invasions, on the hill known as Monte Giove. Like many other places in the area, it went from being under the rule of Ravenna to that of Rimini, from that of Cesena to the Sforza, from the Malatesta to the Montefeltro, from the Venetians to the Church. Santarcangelo experienced a period of particular splendour especially in the 18th
century, a period in which an illustrious citizen, Lorenzo Ganganelli, was elected Pope Clement XIV. The town is known for being the birthplace of poets and painters like Guido Cagnacci and Tonino Guerra.
>What to visit
An interesting and mysterious destination is the tuff caves that are found all over the historic centre. Originally a place of worship and local divinities, later a refuge for the Christian communities and then, over the centuries, amidst myths and legends, a place that hosted Templars, masons and refugees of various nature. Always in the historic centre, you find the Rocca Malatestiana (the castle of the Malatesta), the Collegiate Church with paintings by Cagnacci, the Ethnographic Museum and the curious Button Museum, all worth visiting. Just outside the town you find the ancient parish church dedicated to its patron saint, Saint Michael Archangel.
>Feasts and Folklore
Santarcangelo hosts lots of popular fairs of ancient origin that attract many visitors locally and from the rest of the country. The oldest is undoubtedly the Bird Fair, which is held at the end of September, the most important is the San Martino Fair, that is held on the weekend around November 11. In both cases the alleys and piazzas host a triumph of wine and food stands that embrace the most important culinary traditions of the Country, and then markets, street vendors, street artists, contests, game and events that recall the past and the ancient traditions. Santarcangelo also hosts one of the most important theatre festivals, Santarcangelo dei Teatri, or rather the International Festival of Outdoor Theatre, which in the summer, in July, transforms the small town into a workshop under the sky which attracts theatre lovers from all over the world.