Cesta Tower, City of San Marino

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As one of the three towers on the national flag and coat of arms, Cesta Tower serves as one of the most well-known architectural buildings in the city-state. Built in the 13th century on the highest of Mount Titan's peaks, this tower generally receives less attention than the more developed Guaiti. Today the tower serves as a museum to honor Saint Marinus, the first person to build upon Mount Titan, which ultimately led to the creation of the independent republic of San Marino. Follow the trail between the two accessible towers (Cesta and Guaita) and climb the steps of the tower for panoramic views of the city. Use our City of San Marino trip planner to visit Cesta Tower on your trip to City of San Marino, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    You can't go to San Marino, and not visit the towers! I say it and write it because I went there many times and will return again, but often I see people at the entrance, perhaps discouraged by the price, reverse course, abandoning. A shame for their beauty. The only drawback, you have found even today, toilets (automatic payment) literally useless. This does not mean score to my review.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Lovely setting, on top of the hill, offers fine views of the area. Your visit requires approximately half a day if you avoid tourist trap museums. Two towers are worth a visit as well as an old town.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A wonderful sight above. You are looking up at this from the car park. The history is amazing to learn about.  more »
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  • I can't speak for the museum within, but it's delightful to walk along the old walls of San Marino, which offers views of the sea as well as the mountains. As others have pointed out, San Marino is best visited on a Sunday evening (you get less of the tourists, and more of the sunset in the west). Otherwise it might get busy, but the view will always be there.
  • Known as the Second Tower, Cesta sits on the highest point of Monte Titano and offers a stunning view of San Marino and the Apennines. You don't want to miss this place if you are a fan of panoramic photography!
  • The view from up there is fantastic and the place itself is interesting historically
  • Love it here! Amazing Views.
  • Awesome views from the top of the hill. Nice little museum and well looked after medieval ruins. Entry was free!

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Where to stay in City of San Marino

Because of its small size, nearly every part of town is convenient for the City of San Marino. Choose from one of the many bed and breakfasts or hotels situated around the city's old town center to immerse yourself in the history and the culture. For easy access to major sites, book a stay near Palazzo Pubblico Palace, the Basilica of St. Marino, or the Guaita Tower, which also provide access to restaurants and entertainment.
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