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Tourism since 1977
Santarcangelo di Romagna
The city of artists and poets
A slow city - an international network of cities where living is easy.
One of the most attractive cities in Romagna, it is famed for its beauty and for being the birthplace of more intellectuals and artists than any other town in the province, including internationally-famous poets and screenwriters past and present. Even a former Pope - Pope Clement XIV Ganganelli - was born here as some monuments dedicated to him recall.
Art, culture, history and traditions are right at home; visitors can sense this in its narrow streets and squares and in the numerous events that mark the seasons and have become a great attraction for tourists. Its historical centre is more alive than ever, thanks also to careful reconstruction work that has taken care to maintain the vestiges of the past. Despite having over 20,000 inhabitants, it still retains a village atmosphere that focuses heavily on hospitality and where there is a strong cultural identity.
Despite this, it also has an international feel and has succeeded in updating its image to meet the challenges of the future. Proof of this is the famous International Festival of Street Theatre that back in 1971 brought the cultural ferment of those years to Santarcangelo.
This has always gone hand-in-hand with international social and cultural development. In the same way, the town has managed to update its ancient fairs, renewing traditions and folklore to make them modern events that focus on the town’s wealth of natural products and gastronomic specialities. Its wines in particular are famous and unsurprisingly, it is a Wine City.
The first settlement dates from the Roman period and followed the foundation of Ariminum, around 268 BC. Its countryside was subject to centuriation and numerous ovens were built in the area. The consular road Via Emilia, which still cuts through the town, favoured trade and led to its transformation into an important commercial centre, a characteristic it has retained and that still makes it a popular destination for visitors and tourists. In the Middle Ages, the town stood on the hill called Colle Giove where the typical layout of a fortified village can still be seen. The elegant and graceful old town is dominated by the Malatesta Fortress as the family ruled here from the 13th century onwards.
Although the fortification already existed, it was extended and embellished by the Malatesta and the current structure is the result of this extensive reconstruction. Although the village grew considerably between the 17th and 19th centuries, it has maintained a good urban harmony.
Noble buildings stand alongside more popular buildings to create a balance that makes the town particularly beautiful and attractive, also guaranteeing its inhabitants an excellent quality of life. In 1828 it received the title of city and it became an art city in 1984 - a title it is more than worthy of given its increasing dedication to hospitality.
Patron: Saint Michael Archangel (29th september).