The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano, and the most famous. It was built in the 11th century and served briefly as a prison. It is one of the three towers depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms. It was registered as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2008.

Guaita was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century and in the 16th century has been covered with a sloping roof. It is called the Rocca Guaita and, within its solid walls, protected by double walls (the external wall with merlons and truncated towers at the corners), the population found refuge during sieges.

The upper entrance door, which can be reached by a staircase, is protected by a small wooden construction of 1481. The courtyard contains some pieces of artillery from the Second World War: two mortars, a gift from Vittorio Emanuele II, two 75mm canons fired by the Guardians of the Rocca during national festivities, a gift of Vittorio Emanuele III.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in San Marino


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Amanda McDonald (19 months ago)
I found this very cute salon at the last minute. The girls were professional, efficient, kind and the products used were name brand. I would definitely return.
Felix Iacob (19 months ago)
The Republica of San Marino is guarded by three towers, Guaita is the main. You can visit them for a tax of 6.5 EUR. The placement, the way they put the stones on the rock is impresionant. The surrounding view is magnificent you can see all that moves in the field. It's better to go in spring when the crowds are away. Enjoy!
MarcoyMelissa Gentilini (20 months ago)
Beautiful view while hiking around, but not worth staying longer than a couple hours in san marino. It has come to be a tourist trap selling odd things like weapons from the dark ages.
Anton Trukhanyonok (20 months ago)
Beautiful castle complex with breathtaking 360 degrees views. Make sure to visit when the weather is great, ideally - during the golden hours (at dawn/dusk).
Edna Karajbić (2 years ago)
Simply amazing. View is beautiful, the city itself very nice and interesting. It is reachable by car up to very top but we left car down and took cable train, it is more magical like that and round trip drive costs only 4.5 EUR. The entry to tower 1 (Guaita) itself is 4.5 but only if you really want to enter. The spectacular view is available from so many different places and unless you really want to see inside, there is no need to enter. The prices in city more than reasonable. Coffee 1.60 EUR, pizza average 8 EUR and all that from restaurant with great view up to Adriatic sea.
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