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“Incredible Setting for a Fortress”
Review of Forte di San Leo

Forte di San Leo
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in San Leo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 18, 2012

The hills and mountains of Marche and Emilia-Romagna are all quite scenic, so the drive to get to San Leo (43.89683, 12.34629) is certainly entertaining in itself (we drove up from the south).

The you see the fortress perched atop its mountain. I'm not certain the movie industry could devise a better location!

We parked in an area just past the turnoff into the town of San Leo proper, then walked back to see how things worked. We determined then that we could drive on up to the fortress itself where we found plenty of parking.

After paying the entrance fee, we spent about an hour and a half walking in and around the fortress. We actually did find quite a bit inside - arms and armor, as well as the collection of torture instruments. And, of course, from the ramparts the view is outstanding.

San Leo is definitely a place to visit if you have an interest in fortifications.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The tiny town of San Leo, perched up on a hill, with the castle towering over it and the country for miles around, is well worth the effort to visit. There isn't exactly a huge amount to see in the town, but it is pretty, and there are plenty of watering/eating holes. Once you're refreshed, climb (or drive) the hill up to the castle. Not too much to see inside, but the thing here is the view - from the castle, and of the castle from below. Makes a nice day out from Urbino- a fairly long drive, but scenic every inch of the way.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Dramatic setting with a medieval fortress hanging off a sheer cliff. Driving access and parking are good for a small medieval hill town. Nice town square with good restaurants, helpful town visitors center, and two unbelievable early medieval churches -- two of the best in Italy.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

San Leo is a cosy town on a mountain in the province of Rimini. Historically it was part of the duchy of Montefeltro. It has two perfectly preserved romanesque churches. By a short and pleasant walk you can reach in 20 minutes the wonderful fortress. Inside there is a very interesting and accurate exposition on the mysterious Cagliostro, alchemy, the Italian inquisition.

1  Thank albyboetti
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

A castle modelled on top of a huge rocky crag, a masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Under it, a small walled village, perfectly preserved. Two of the most beautiful early Romanesque churches in Italy - local stone with simple sculptural ornaments. One hour from the equally fantastic Urbino.

2  Thank Stefano M
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