It was only a short visit in this little but lovely and lively town of Santarcangelo di Romagna. It is a town and comune in the province of Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on the Via Emilia. Our tour guide who was with us in the bus that time was already telling a lot of history and important facts about the places in Rimini including this town.
The beautiful fresco at the chapel where the relics of the Blessed Simone Balacchi can be found.
One of the sights we visited in Santarcangelo di Romagna was its Collegiate Church. I always love to visit churches everytime I go for sightseeing in a certain place. I heard from a friend who mentioned last time when they visited Europe, “churches and castles again”? Well, this is Europe, a continent where you can find a lot of historic sights. I know that traveling is not for all people especially if you don’t have interest in historic architecture and sights.
The collegiate church of Santarcangelo is one of the most important 18th century buildings in the whole territory of Rimini. It was built between 1744 and 1758 by Gian Francesco Buonamici, Chamber architect and architect of the cathedral of Ravenna, with its grandiose and refined interior similar to the Roman and Bolognese forms.
In the ample vessel of the apse there is a beautiful altarpiece depicting the protective saints of the village, the work of Giovan Gioseffo Dal Sole. In the discrete shadow of the lateral chapel, on the altars of various brotherhoods, ornated with 18th century antependiums in many-coloured scagliola, altarpieces of remarkable beauty are conserved (please note, among the others, the one of the second altar on the left, painted for the brotherhood of blacksmiths and carpenters by Guido Cagnacci in 1635). Another work of art is a Crucifix of the 14th-century Rimini School.
how to get there:
situated in the centre of Santarcangelo;
it can be reached from Rimini by bus (Tram lines n. 9, 90,91)
Buses and timetable
Opening period: open all year round
from 07:30 to 12:00 from 14:30 to 19:00