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 one which used to house the Guards Division and a few prison cells.


As the etymology of the word "Cesta" suggests, the fortification 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 fort 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 29 June and from 8 September to 31 December: 9.00-17.00. From 30 June to 7 September: 9.30-22.30. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. Closed on 2 November (afternoon), 25 December and 1 January
Full ticket €9.00; Reduced ticket €6.00; Pass Ticket €11.00; Pass Mini Ticket €8.00. More information at the bottom of the page
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Information on National Museums Tickets

The National Museums include: First Tower, Second Tower, Public Palace (if open), State Museum, St Francis Museum, National Gallery, Stamp and Coin Museum 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.

The Full Ticket and the Reduced Ticket are valid for entry to two museums of your choice

The Pass Ticket and the Pass Mini Ticket are valid for entry to all National Museums

The Reduced Ticket and the Reduced Pass Ticket are reserved for:

•    university students with specific card
•    adult senior aged over 65
•    organized groups of more than 25 people

The Cultural Institutes may verify the requirements for the reduction.

Free Entry reserved for:

•    children and teenagers under 18
•    organized school groups
•    disabled visitors with their accompanying carer
•    ICOM members with specific card
•    journalists with specific card
•    all the visitors on 5 February, 25 March,1 April, 7 July, 3 September, 27 September, 1 October, Celebration of the European Heritage Day (based on annual calendar).

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time

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

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