ITINERARY FOR WHEELCHAIRS
The medieval town of Santarcangelo, with its narrow streets and short flights of steps is welcoming to all visitors as it has an itinerary suitable for wheelchairs:
- In the Piazza Marconi or in the adjoining Via de Bosis, are some parking spaces reserved for the disabled.
Close by is the main public park, “Campo della Fiera”, in which there is an accessible merry-go-round and public toilets for the disabled (you need to ask the owner of the bar next door for the key).
- Going up the Via de Bosis, is the town’s “Sferisterio”, where the ancient game of “Pallone al bracciale” is played by the locals.
- At the top of Via de Bosis, turning right, is the Via Battisti. This is one of the town’s main historic streets. It features several ancient business premises, all accessible to wheelchair users, including the old fish market (XIX century), which still has the original stone benches from San Marino, and Marchi’s Printing House. The latter is accessible by wheelchair from the entrance in Via Denzi, provided you inform the owner in advance. If you book in advance (tel. 0039 0541 626018), you can watch the process of ironing the canvas with the 17th century textile press called “Mangano” as well as the printing process itself, which uses ancient carved moulds made from pear wood, impregnated with the classic rust colour. The tour is organised by the craftsman himself (duration: 30 minutes).
- Within walking distance is the Tourist Information Office (IAT, tel. 0039 0541 624270). Inside you’ll find information about the city and the surrounding area: it’s also possible to reserve guided tours of the caves.
- Don’t miss a visit to the public monumental cave. While being led through the underground passages and rooms that form a maze underneath the town, you will be transported back to a time long ago.
The tour lasts about 30 minutes. The cave is also accessible by wheelchair.
- To reach the top of Monte Giove, where the medieval town lies, you can follow the Contrada dei Fabbri, which has no steps.
-The Museum of History and Archeology, which exhibits the town’s historical heritage is also worth a visit (accessible by wheelchair from the entrance on Contrada dei Fabbri: staff must be notified. Tel. 0039 0541 625212). A lift provides access to all the rooms of the museum.
- Continuing down Contrada dei Fabbri you’ll find Porta Cervese, the only gate remaining from the Malatesta walls.
From Porta Cervese, following a steeper street, you reach the Piazza delle Monache, where the ancient Monastery of SS. Caterina and Barbara is located.
-Walking along the picturesque Via dei Signori, you come to the impressive Malatesta Fortress (note that the last stretch is slightly steeper).
All the streets of the old town (via Bellaere, via della Zuppa and via della Cella) are all accessible by wheelchair.
- To come down the hill, follow the Via della Cella through Porta del Campanone Vecchio. There are some very low steps, so the descent is not particularly difficult.
- Once you’re back in Piazza delle Monache, the Via dei Fabbri will take you back to the town’s centre.
- A visit to the Chiesa Collegiata, built between 1744 and 1758 by the architect Buonamici from Rimini, is a must. Inside are some beautiful and important works of art: a wooden organ by Guido Callido (1779), an altarpiece by the Santarcangiolese painter Guido Cagnacci (1635), a crucifix from the 14th century school of Giotto, and an altarpiece of San Michele Arcangelo made by the Bolognese artist Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole (17th century). The church is accessible by wheelchair via the side door on the left.
- A short distance from the church, down Via Saffi (there are some low steps that should present no great difficulty), is the lively heart of the town with many small boutiques, cafés and restaurants.
The adorable centre of Santarcangelo is completely safe as no vehicles are allowed on the main pedestrianised streets
- In the large, elegant main square, Piazza Ganganelli, stands the 18th century triumphal arch erected in honour of our fellow citizen Cardinal Lorenzo Ganganelli, who became Pope Clement XIV.
- Walking back to your car down the Via Don Minzoni, near the car park mentioned previously, you can admire the beautiful fountains in the Campo della Fiera Park, designed by the illustrious artist Tonino Guerra.
- Just 1km from the town center is the Ethnographic Museum (tel. 0039 0541 624703), a treasure trove of the folklore of the area. It exhibits objects from the rural agricultural culture of Romagna. The facility is completely accessible to wheelchair users.
For more information: Ufficio Informazione ed Accoglienza Turistica – Pro Loco Tel. 0541 624270; e - mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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