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Mysterious Santarcangelo:
the hidden underground city

Journey back in time, through a maze of tunnels to discover ancient legends and exciting stories.

Guided Tours

Visit the public monumental cave and Casamatta (archaeological area)

An undiscovered underground city, an unsolved mystery hidden in the bowels of the earth…

Visit the public monumental “grotto” (underground cave)

Santarcangelo hides a mysterious, underground history. The whole hill, it is built on, is criss-crossed by an intriguing, complex network of tunnels, caves and wells forming a kind of “underground” city beneath the main town, made up of at least 160 “grottoes” (caves).
Don’t miss the guided tour inside the monumental public cave (Amati/Contradina) as you journey through a labyrinth, to discover ancient legends and exciting stories. Allow your imagination to take you back in time to the ancient religious rites and solemn processions inside this evocative atmosphere.
Foto di Gilberto Urbinati
Foto di Gilberto Urbinati

Foto di Alessia Franchini

Gradually, you will be sure that you can smell the intoxicating scent of Sangiovese (the red wine of Romagna), aged and stored in ancient barrels. It’s an unforgettable experience! The tour can be enriched by including a visit to a mysterious private cave (Felici), located in the heart of the medieval citadel (read more under “Tickets & Bookings”).

Comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing are recommended as it is quite cool inside, just 13° C all year round.

In June, July, and August 2024, also this tour will be organized.


  • 30 minutes to visit the public monumental cave.
    Tours held daily (see times below). No minimum number of participants. Pre-booking is required if the tour is needed in a foreign language.
  • 1 hour to visit the monumental public cave plus the private cave. Group Reservations: The tour of both the public & private cave must be booked in advance for groups of at least 8 paying participants (minimum number required to book.)


From 27 March to 14 November:
10:00 am | 11:30 am | 3:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 5:30 pm

From 15 November to 26 March:
10:00 am | 11:00 am | 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm

Adults 5,00 
Reduced ticket* € 4,00 
Children up to 14 years old / disabled people and their carers: FREE

Adults € 7.00
Reduced ticket* € 6.00
Children up to 14 years old / disabled people and their carers: FREE

*Groups with over 20 people & people aged 65+

Guided Tours

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A tour for those who wish to get to know Santarcangelo and its treasures…

The Malatesta Family: women, cavaliers, weapons and lovers

Commanders, but also lovers of beauty and art. A walk along the streets…

Religious tours: spirituality and art

Discover Santarcangelo’s churches, rich in art and spirituality.