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The eastern flank of Monte Titano was guarded by three towers with different names. However, they are often just called first, second and third tower – from north to south and with decreasing size. So the most northern and largest one is the Rocca Guaita. This tower with a small fort was built in the 11th century and changed to the needs of the small state during the centuries. A hand full of small buildings in the fort can be visited, inclduing a chapel dedicated to St. Barbara. Rocca Guaita was once the see of many governmental, mostly military institutions. Part of it was also used as a prison until 1970 and one of the cells can still be visited. One of the towers in this fortress is open for public and you can climb it up via a ladder which leads through a very tight hole. Try to leave your bag and other stuff with someone else downstairs – I am a skinny person and barely fitted through the hole with my backpack. Today, it’s one of San Marino’s most popular tourist attractions. The view from it, as well as from the two other towers is just incredible.

Entry fee is 3,00 EUR, but there is also a combi-ticket which is valid for the 1st and second tower for 4,50 EUR (April 2006).

Directions: At the eastern side of Monte Titano, Salita alla Rocca

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  • Written Jan 14, 2007
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