One of the smallest republics
Being one of the smallest and oldest republics, San Marino isn’t technically Italy, but is surrounded by Italian regions of Le Marche and Emilia-Romagna. This is a must-see destination for lovers of history and for those who love picturesque panoramas.
Founded in the 4 th century San Marino is one of the world’s smallest and oldest independent states. The total population of the country is around 30000 people and its total size is 24 sq. miles. It is home to UNESCO world heritage sites like Mount Titano, which is San Marino’s highest point, San Marino City and Borgo Maggiore.
How to get to San Marino?
You can easily reach San Marino from central Italian cities like Rimini, Bologna and Florence by bus or rental car within several hours. This tiny country is a true green oasis and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. There are lots of wineries, fortresses and unspoiled land. It is a great alternative to the Tuscan countryside and is less crowded.
San Marino is a perfect place to get souvenirs or find great deals on Italian brands as the country provides tax-free shopping. Despite its size, the San Marino boasts hundreds of luxury shops and boutiques, malls and outlets with a wide range of electronics and clothing for men, women and children.
Check out the cuisine of the area as it is simply amazing and delicious with flavors from neighboring regions mixed with local herbs and ingredients. Try a special dish called faggioli con le cotiche which is a bean and bacon soup. Make your meal complete with delicious local wine and tilus, a truffle-infused after dinner liquor.
Going to San Marino from Italy is very easy as there is no border control, so you don’t need a passport, but you can ask for a stamp in the tourist department as a souvenir. The local currency is the euro and the official language is Italian, although most shops and restaurants speak English.
San Marino boasts a wide range of museums. The most prominent of them are the State Museum, San Francesco Museum, Museum of Ancient Arms, Museum of Curious Objects and many others.
As an independent state, San Marino has its own military which is one of the smallest in the world. There is a tradition of the changing of the guard here kept from April to September, every half hour from 8am to 6pm at the Palazzo Publico.
Location: Situated on the Italian peninsula
Nearby sights: Guaita, Mount Titan, Piazza della Liberta
How to get there: You can reach San Marino from Rimini, Bologna and Florence by bus or rental car within several hours
Nearby hotels: Hotel Ristorante Cesare, Hotel Joli, Grand Hotel San Marino