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Rimini: the imposing fortress of St. Leo and Valmarecchia

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3169.JPGMy friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Today our travel is to Emilia Romagna in province of Rimini: I'll let you to discover the impregnable fortress of San Leo, also linked to the legend of the famous and discussed alchemist Count Alessandro Cagliostro, who was kept prisoner here!


 The Fortress of San Leo is situated on top of the rocky spire that overlooks the city and dominates the Valmarecchia.




The Fortress is the symbol of this ancient town and medieval village.




 This impregnable Fortress was considered of great importance since the Middle Ages because of its formidable strategic position.

In fact, it stands on the highest point of the rock overlooking the Valmarecchia, surrounded by a series of steep vertical walls impassable by any side.


The Fortress is impressive and beautiful.

You can breathe a magical and mysterious atmosphere, issued by the legend of the dark character of the Count Cagliostro, cunning and devious alchemist, who ended his day in its cells in 1795 after long years of imprisonment.




For this characteristic and also for the attractive location on the border of Monte Feltro, this Fortress was the subject of clashes and bloody fights between tribes and of the most important families in the history of Italy.



Even after the unification of Italy, the Fortress continued to fulfill its function as a prison until 1906.

From the square of the Fortress, as well as from the Towers, you can enjoy a unique landscape which offers, once again, a wonderful view of the hills of Emilia Romagna: this village is a must-see destination in your holiday in Italy. And, if you need a suggestion for your stay, enjoy this lovely hotel.



Leisure me, this is my tourism!


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