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It's crossed by two rivers, the Uso and the Marecchia. It was called "Pagus Acervolanus" o " Acervolanus", by the Romans.
The first persecuted Christians shelterd here and pheraps the hid in the ancient caves. In the XI century the city was commended by Bishops of Ravenna and later by Bishops of Rimini. The fortress is an example of this. In Santarcangelo you can find lots of interesting monuments : The triumphal Arch, designed by the architect Morelli, situated in Ganganelli's Square.
The monumental Public Grottos, which characterize Santarcangelo's hills.
The Beltower, made in neo- Gothic style, designed by Giuseppe Tramontani of Faenza between the 1892 and the 1893.
Musas ( Historic and Archaeological Museum), the museum collects objects illustrating the town's social and religious past, from prehistory to the XIX century. The museum is housed in the splendid setting of Palazzo Cenci.
Collegiate Church, it was built beetween 1744 and 1758 by the architect Buonamici, the church contains many works of art.
Malatesta's Fortress, the fortress is made of the keep (1386) and of a structure with three polygonal bastions completed by Sigsmondo Malatesta, in 1447 according to the epigraph beside the main entrance. Santarcangelo's Fairs The most impotant Fairs in Santarcangelo are: Santarcangelo dei teatri, is an international festival dedicated to the contemporary scene. It started in 1971 with a strong political impulse, Santarcangelo Festival was called " International Square Theatre Festival" .
Calici di Stelle (August, the 10th), here you can tast lots of local wines and traditional products, in the streets of the historical centre.
Saint Michele's Fair (on the last weekend of september) , it's called also bird's fair. It's the most traditional event, where you can see lots of old thing, like tools used in farming, along the way of the centre.
Saint Martino's Fair (November, the 11th),nowadays it's an important event dedicated to commerce, popular culture and enterainment. People from Santarcangelo: Fabio de Luigi, an important italian actor who lives in Santarcangelo. Tonino Guerra in "Tonino Guerra e la Romagna" Fabio de Luigi Tonino Guerra,(16 March 1920 – 21 March 2012) was an Italian concentration camp survivor, poet, writer and screenwriter who has collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world. Here's that a video that shows his love for Romagna and Santarcangelo. Near the Centre there's a Fountain as memorial for him. History some interesting details. In the 14th century Santarcangelo was handed over to Rimini and Cesena and in 1390 it was conquered by Giovanni Sforza. The Malatesta family had ruled over it since 1462, when it was conquered by Federico di Montefeltro. From 1503 to 1505 Venice gained control of Santarcangelo, which took advantage of cheaper taxes. Santarcangelo enjoyed success and glamour in the 18th century when Lorenzo Ganganelli, born here, became Pope Clemente XIV. (video language: Italian)