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Cesta Tower

Perched atop Mount Titano’s highest point is a citadel with magnificent views and a museum with displays of antique firearms.

The Cesta Tower (Seconda Torre) is an impressive fortified tower that forms part of San Marino’s ancient bulwark. It dates back to the 13th century and has served as both an observation tower and prison. The tower stands at 2,477 feet (755 meters) and marks the pinnacle of Mount Titano. Walk between Cesta Tower and the city’s other towers via a winding panoramic pathway.

Climb up the cobblestone lane and gaze in awe as you draw nearer to the tower’s castle-like structure. Marvel at how it sits precariously on a cliff edge and looks out across rolling green countryside.

It’s possible to walk across the battlements via well-maintained paths to lookout platforms. Have your camera ready to snap postcard-perfect shots of San Marino’s city center and the surrounding mountain ranges. Spot the Guaita Tower (Prima Torre) and use the public-use binoculars to get magnified views of nearby villages.

The tower is home to the Museum of Ancient Arms (Museo delle Armi Antiche), which has four rooms with exhibits of weaponry from the 15th to 20th centuries. See collections of breastplates, ceremonial spears, coats of arms and war axes. Look for a Bavarian breech-loading rifle and intricately engraved swords. Don’t miss the array of Austrian, English and French-made firearms.

The Cesta Tower is about a 10-minute uphill walk from Liberty Square. Parking is available, for a fee, at the base of Mount Titano. From the parking lot, follow the path traveling up to the tower. Combine your visit with an exploration of Guaita Tower and Montale Tower, accessible via the picturesque mountain path. Enjoy additional marvelous views before exploring Guaita Tower’s belfry, chapel and prison.

Cesta Tower and the Museum of Ancient Arms are open daily, except for select public holidays. The admission fee grants entry to the tower and museum. Ask about combined tickets, which include admission to Guaita Tower and other state museums. Visit the Musei di Stato’s official website for more information.


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Lodging Near Cesta Tower

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$87
Hotel Cesare

Hotel Cesare

Via Salita alla Rocca, 7, San Marino
4.2
of 5, from 71 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly San Marino hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Piazza Garibaldi and Guaita Tower. Basilica of Saint Marino and Liberty Square are also within 5 minutes.

$75
Hotel Rosa

Hotel Rosa

Via Lapicidi Marini 23, San Marino
4.3
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Marino, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica of Saint Marino, Liberty Square, and Guaita Tower. Palazzo Pubblico and Cesta Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$89
Hotel Titano

Hotel Titano

Contrada del Collegio, 31, San Marino
3.8
of 5, from 59 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of San Marino, this hotel is steps from Piazza Garibaldi, Palazzo Pubblico, and Basilica of Saint Marino. Liberty Square and Guaita Tower are also within 5 minutes.

$87
Hotel San Marino iDesign

Hotel San Marino iDesign

Via del Serrone 124, San Marino
4.3
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Murata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montale Tower, Palazzo Pubblico, and Basilica of Saint Marino. Liberty Square and Guaita Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$62
Hotel Joli

Hotel Joli

Viale Federico D'Urbino, 36 B, San Marino
4.2
of 5, from 50 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of San Marino, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piazza del Titano, Palazzo Pubblico, and Basilica of Saint Marino. Liberty Square and Cesta Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$92
Grand Hotel San Marino

Grand Hotel San Marino

Viale Antonio Onofri, 31, San Marino
4.0
of 5, from 58 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly San Marino hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of State Museum of San Marino, Palazzo Pubblico, and Basilica of Saint Marino. Liberty Square and Guaita Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$109
Titano Suites

Titano Suites

Contrada del Collegio 21, San Marino
4.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Marino, this inn is steps from Piazza Garibaldi, Palazzo Pubblico, and Basilica of Saint Marino. Liberty Square and Guaita Tower are also within 5 minutes.

$84
Hotel Quercia Antica

Hotel Quercia Antica

via della Capannaccia, 7/A, San Marino
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Marino, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza del Titano and Palazzo Pubblico. Basilica of Saint Marino and Liberty Square are also within 15 minutes.