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The Pass of the Witches, or Passo delle Streghe, is a historically fascinating and naturally stunning area surrounding the second tower of San Marino’s three iconic fortresses in Mount Titano. Perfect for adventure-seekers and history buffs alike, it promises a thrilling excursion with an exceptional panoramic view.

History

Once a military defense spot, Passo delle Streghe carries hundreds of years of San Marino’s history. The name roughly translates to “Passage of the Witches,” derived from local folklore involving witches congregating on this enchanting mountaintop.

How to Get There

This rocky ridge is part of the fortress system along Mount Titano in the city of San Marino. You can easily reach there on foot from the city center, or take a local shuttle. The hike will take about 20 minutes from the city center.

List of Attractions

  • Breathtaking Viewpoint: The pass offers a sweeping view of Italy’s Adriatic Coast, Apennine Mountains, and the city of San Marino itself.
  • Cesta Fortress: This fortress, also known as De La Fratta, houses weapons museum and offers a peek into the country’s legendary past.
  • Historical Walkway: The rocky path connecting the city’s towers is a walk down history lane.

Ticket Information

Generally, visiting Passo delle Streghe and the surrounding paths is free. However, if you wish to visit the interior of Cesta Fortress, there is an admission fee of 4.50 euros.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Wear Sturdy Shoes: The pathways are rocky and require sturdy, comfortable footwear for safe walking.
  2. Bring Your Camera: The panoramic views are simply breathtaking, so don’t forget your camera.
  3. Check Weather Forecast: The passage can get quite windy so check the weather before you go and dress accordingly.
  4. Visit Early or Late: For the best lighting and fewer crowds, try to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  5. Stay Hydrated: During summer, it can get quite hot, so bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  6. Respect the Environment: Leave nothing but footprints. Make sure to maintain the cleanliness and sanctity of the historical pass.
  7. Appreciate the History: Take time to understand the folklore and historical significance of the place for a more enriching experience.

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