The second Tower Cesta”

The “Cesta" is the second San Marino fortress and dates back to the 13th century

The Second of the three Towers

San Marino has three Towers: the Guaita, the Cesta and the Montale.
The Cesta, connected to the First Tower by "the Witches’ Pass", is the pentagonal tower that used to house the Guards Division and a few prison cells.


As the etymology of the word "Cesta" suggests, the Tower was used as a lookout post as early as Roman times and its presence is mentioned, with the same name, in a document dated 1253.

The “Cesta” today

With the loss of its strategic importance in the seventeenth century, the tower fell into disuse before undergoing major restoral work in the first half of the twentieth century that brought it back to its pristine state.
From 1956 to the present day, the Tower has housed the Museum of Ancient Weapons with about 700 examples of different types of weapon dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century.


The exhibition circuit extends over four rooms and traces the evolution of "cold weapons" and "firearms" with specimens of considerable historical value including armour, pole arms, arquebuses, wheel-locks and flintlocks, up to the experimental weapons of the nineteenth century transition and the breech-loaded arms of the end of the nineteenth century.

Inside and out

The Second Tower stands on the highest spur of Mount Titano, at an altitude of 755 m a.s.l. and is the intermediate point of a path that ends with the Third Tower.
The entire structure is fortified with a high external wall that serves as protection for the imposing pentagonal keep, very rare for the buildings of the time.


On days of maximum visibility, it is possible to see the Bebian Alps, the largest mountain range in Croatia, which lies at a distance of about 250 km away as the crow flies.

Salita alla Cesta – 47890 Città di San Marino, San Marino
From 2 January to 5 June and from 5 September to 31 December: 9.00-17.00. From 6 June to 4 September: 9.30-18.30. Closed on 25 December and 1 January.
Full ticket € 6,00 for two museums of your choice - Reduced ticket € 4,00 for two museums of your choice - Pass Ticket € 8,00 for all the National Museums - Pass Mini (Reduced) Ticket € 6,00 for all the National Museums
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Information on National Museums Tickets

The National Museums include: First Tower, Second Tower, Public Palace, State Museum, St Francis Museum, National Gallery, Museum of Stamps and Money (next opening) during opening hours to the public. Times may vary, even without notice. It is recommended to contact the Cultural Institutes to check the opening hours.

Reduced ticket
•    children and teenagers aged 6-18
•    university students showing their card
•    adult senior aged over 65
•    organized school groups
•    organized groups of more than 25 people
The Cultural Institutes may verify the requirements for the reduction.

Free entry
•    children under 6
•    disabled visitors and their accompanying carers
•    ICOM members showing their card
•    journalists showing their card
•    San Marino citizens and residents with ID
•    San Marino University students showing their card



Seconda Torre "Cesta"
Salita alla Cesta
47890 Città di San Marino
San Marino