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San Marino – Why you must visit one of the smallest countries in the world

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San Marino, one of the world’s oldest and smallest countries is a must-visit for any traveller to Europe and especially Italy, due to its proximity to this country. If you are a first-time traveller to San Marino, follow our guide for the best things to do in San Marino City and tips for how to plan your trip.

Read one of those “Top 10 places to see before you die” articles lately?  Or perhaps, “The top places to visit this year?”  How about “Top 10 Bucketlist countries in Europe!”  Chances are, if you have, you won’t have seen any mention of San Marino.  That’s what makes it even more special.

San Marino is one of those countries that keeps itself hidden. Those who have visited San Marino know all about why it is such a special country and yet it remains unknown to so many. Or, for those who have heard about it, many think San Marino is in Italy.

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The history of San Marino

Have you heard of people mentioning San Marino, Italy?  If you have, it is not correct.  Despite its physical location, where it is wholly enclosed by Italy and close to many of the well-known Italian cities like Bologna and Florence, it actually isn’t in Italy at all?

Blink and you will miss San Marino.  That’s if you are one of the fortunate people who actually know where it is.  It’s a very common misconception that San Marino is part of Italy.  Google searches will attest to this, with common searches of “San Marino Italy” rising to the fore.  It’s understandable, given that it is completely landlocked by Italy. 

However, the Republic of San Marino is one of the world’s oldest republics and one of the smallest countries and as such totally independent of Italy and any other country for that matter.

It is also the only survivor from the Italian Renaissance days.  Back in the 14th and 15th centuries, Italy was divided up into areas known as city-states.  Regional areas surrounding important cities like Venice, Florence and Milan were ruled, usually by a strong and wealthy family. 

The Papal city-state, ruled by the Pope,  was also a key part of the Italian system.  With the later demise of the powerful city-states, curiously, San Marino maintained its independence.

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San Marino fast facts

  • San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world.
  • San Marino is one of only three countries in the world that is entirely surrounded by another country. San Marino is entirely surrounded by Italy.
  • People who are from San Marino are called Sammarinese.
  • Italian is the principal language spoken although Romagnol, an Emilio-Romagna dialect is also spoken.
  • San Marino is not part of the European Union but uses the Euro as its currency.
  • The Republic of San Marino is officially known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.  That’s quite a mouthful.
  • Around 33,500 people call San Marino their home.
  • The entire size of San Marino is 16 square kilometres.
  • US President Abraham Lincoln held citizenship to San Marino.
  • San Marino managed to remain neutral during both world wars, even with Italy heavily involved.

San Marino FAQs

Is San Marino worth visiting?

It sure is. For first-time visitors, we recommend spending your time, if it is short, in the San Marino city, atop Mount Titano.

Is San Marino safe?

Yes, it is. Even at night, if you are staying on the mountain, you can walk around the empty streets without any cause for concern.

Do they speak English in San Marino?

While the main language spoken is Italian, you will find many people who speak English here.

Do I need a passport to get into San Marino?

There is no border control in San Marino, but don’t forget to go to the local Tourism Office to get your own novelty passport stamp in your own passport.

What are the top sights in San Marino?

The best sights in San Marino are the Three Towers, the Public Palace and Liberty Square. But there are many other historical buildings, squares and things to see within the walls of San Marino city.

Can I see everything in San Marino in one day?

Yes, the city of San Marino is very small so if you only have one day here that will still be enough. Of course, if you do have more time, spending the night means you get to visit some of the great restaurants and enjoy that magical view from the hill, under the stars.

Where is San Marino?

The Republic of San Marino is aesthetically beautiful, to match its interesting history. San Marino is located close to the Adriatic Sea which runs along the east coast of Italy. It is surrounded by the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy and bordered to the west by the Apennine Ranges.

The capital of the republic, also called San Marino, was built as a fortress on top of Mount Titano, some 650 metres above sea level.   It’s a place of stone fairytale castles and buildings.  While it is the city of San Marino that most people go to visit, there are many villages at the base of the mountain.

It’s a very special place at the top of Mount Titano. Here you can sit and sip a cold glass of wine on the edge of the mountain, as you take in the view below.   On a very clear day, sweeping views across the Adriatic Sea can be seen and the magnificent Apennines can be seen in the distance.

view over san marino - things to do in san marino

As a mostly pedestrianised city, your trusty feet are the best option for exploring.   Take your time, stopping along the way to take in everything this city has to offer.  It’s impossible to get lost!

Pro travel tip:Note that many of the cobblestone streets are quite steep, and wearing good walking shoes is a must.  I wore heels out to dinner one night and had to almost tippy-toe on the stones.  Luckily,  I didn’t have to walk too far.

steep streets in san marino

San Marino’s dependence on tourism

Despite relatively low tourist numbers, there is still a juxtaposition between this ancient city and its attempt to eke as much money as they can from those who visit.  Whilst the streets lined with shops add to the overall ambience and beauty, I would much prefer to see the majority of them filled with the unique local crafts that can be found in some of the shops. 

Once a tax haven and duty-free shopping city, the remnants of this over-commercialisation can still be seen in the bountiful handbag shops and other touristy items.

I didn’t allow this to cloud my view of the city though, as it’s easy to just ignore the shopping aspect and focus on the real beauty.  I didn’t come here to shop anyway, and I’m not tempted by shiny baubles and souvenir offerings.

shoppingin San Marino

What to do in San Marino

Three Towers

The Republic of San Marino and the city of San Marino is all about the fortress that sits aloft on its mighty mountain.  As you approach it from the ground, it elicits that first gasp.  It sneaks up on you ever so quietly that for a moment, you wonder if it’s someone else making that noise.  I look sideways at my husband and see his eyes wide with an appreciation of what we are about to see.

The fortress, built in the 1200s,  is comprised of three towers, all of which have been restored in some way over the years.  Two of them were actually used as prisons up until the 1960s.  The second tower sits on the highest part of Mt Titano, 756 metres above sea level.  The third sits on its own, isolated from the others.  Towers 1 and 2 can be accessed by the public.

Pro Tip:  Despite the website stating that the towers are open all day, they were closed when we visited, probably due to a midday siesta.  Before climbing up the hill, find out whether they are actually open!

The three towers, Guaita, Cesta and Montale are joined on top of the mountain by a path that winds its way along the top. Guaita was the first one built and in a significant act of defence, it was built with not one but two walls. Visitors to the Guaita Tower are able to walk one of them.

If you can, take the opportunity to walk the path between the towers and imagine yourself there centuries ago. The views on a good day from up here are epic. The Guaita and Cesta Towers only are open to the public,

At the Cesta Tower, you can climb up to the roof via a step-ladder. This one isn’t. for anyone with mobility issues though. If you are a fan of armour, be sure to visit the Armoury Museum found here.

Pro tip: Buy a combined ticket that includes the two towers. The Two Museum pass allows you to choose two from the following; Tower 1, Tower 2, St Francis Museum, State Museum, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and Public Palace (when open to visitors). A Combined Museum Pass gives entry to Towers 1 and 2, St Francis Museum, State Museum, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and Public Palace (when open to visitors).

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Public Palace

The Public Palace is the main location of all things official here in San Marino, including parliament.  Located right on the town walls, it also contains guard towers, part of the city’s military defence in times gone by.  It is particularly spectacular at night time.

As the scene of much of San Marino’s political history, the building has several Coat-of-Arms that represent both the republic and municipalities.  It is of a Gothic style although much more sedate than many other Gothic buildings in Europe.  

The Guardia di Rocca perform in a changing of the guard ceremony at the Palace during summer.  They are performed every 30 minutes from 8.30 am until 6.30 pm seven days a week during this time.

Liberty Square

The Public Palace sits on one side of Liberty Square.  A fountain adorned with the Statue of Liberty sits in the centre of the square that overlooks the hills below.  Take a break in one of the many bars and cafes that line the square and watch the people go by.

liberty statue

Parva Domus Communis

This was the site of the former postal administration and also the town clock, although its internal workings of it were transferred to the Public Palace sometime later.  The building dates back to the 1300s.

Parva Domus comunis
Parva Domus Communis

Basilica di San Marino

This Catholic church is the main church of San Marino and stands apart from other buildings here due to its Roman architecture, notably the Corinthian columns at the front.  The coat of arms of the Republic of San Marino can be seen above the front door.

The Basilica is a relatively new construction by normal European standards, having been built in the 1820s.  It sits on the site of a church built in the 7th century.

basilica di san marino

Cava dei Balestrieri

Just over the side of one of the walls of the city, is a huge hole, created when the rock was excavated to reconstruct the Public Palace.  The San Marino Crossbowmen’s Federation was formed in 1956 and is made up of approximately 70 members. 

This is now used as a training area and exhibition space for the members.  As luck would have it, on the day we were here, we were given a great display of this sport.  Various contests and festivals featuring this ancient art take place throughout the year. The most important ones happen between Spring and Autumn.

The steps nearby were packed with people, sitting in the hot summer sun, watching the men ready their crossbows and shoot arrows into targets at the other end.  The speed at which they whizzed past my eyes as I was watching them from above told me I didn’t need to get too close!

San Marino is home to medieval festivals throughout the year. The Medieval Days Festival generally happens over the last weekend in July.

Take a ride on the tourist train

This is a little bit kitsch, but with San Marino being an incredibly hilly place to get around, the train is perfect for those who find the hills hard going, or just need a break. It is also wheelchair accessible.

Take the train from the Borgo Maggiore at the bottom of the hill up to the city of San Marino. The ride takes around 40 minutes and has an audio guide included, giving you the chance to take in the view while listening to the history of the city.

Where to eat and drink in San Marino

For a small city, there are plenty of opportunities to eat, stop for a refreshment or enjoy an aperitif as the sun goes down.  Given the physical location of San Marino, it’s easy to understand that the Italian influence is significant, and this extends to their food.  There’s plenty of pizza (good pizza) on offer, along with the usual Italian suspect of pasta.

There are many locations that offer a great view down into the valley or towards the Adriatic Sea.  Alternatively, there are cosy cafes and restaurants, hidden in stone buildings on the main streets.

Bar Piadineria la Capanna

With sweeping views and a location on the way to the First Tower, this bar is one that I would normally be enticed by the view but fear the service.  Unfortunately, bars in these areas have proven time and time again to be expensive (over the top really) and lacking in service.  This was not the case here, with prompt service, excellent prices, and their own specially brewed beer as well.  We just had a refreshing beer here but the pizza and pasta that we saw stream continuously from the kitchen looked very good.

Location: Location: Salita alla Rocca 47 San Marino Città, San Marino, San Marino 47890

Hotel Bellavista

Located on one of the highest points of the city of San Marino, the Hotel Bellavista restaurant offers traditional Italian fare, overlooking the Cava dei Balestrieri.  In warm weather, take a seat outside on the street, overlooking the training area for the crossbowmen.

Location: Contrada Del Pianello, 42/44 47890 San Marino 

Hotel Bellavista restaurant
Hotel Bellavista restaurant

Hotel Cesare

Hotel Cesare has a wonderful outdoor deck perfect for an early afternoon aperitif.  Whilst in Italy this time I took a fancy to their Aperol spritzers, a simple blend of Aperol, soda and prosecco.  Served in a huge wine glass over plenty of ice, it’s the perfect drink for a hot day

Location: Salita Alla Rocca, 7, 47890 Città di San Marino

Hotel Cesare bar

Restaurant Righi – Osteria

For casual dining, the osteria on the ground level of Restaurant Righi, overlooking Liberty Square would be my pick.  With food overseen by Michelin-star chef Luigi Sartini, this is traditional family fare, served with the freshest of ingredients and the greatest of care.

Location: Piazza Libertà, 10 San Marino 

entry to Righi restaurant

Restaurant Righi

For a significant step away from the common (but tasty) food of San Marino, look no further than Restaurant Righi, the fancy friend of its stablemate osteria.  Located above the osteria is the pride and joy of Chef Luigi Sartini. 

With one Michelin star under his belt, this intimate restaurant serves up innovative food made with only the freshest of ingredients. With degustations as a principal offering, the chef will prepare food unlikely to be seen elsewhere and perfectly matched with an impressive wine list.

Location: Piazza Libertà, 10 San Marino

Read about our own experience at Restaurant Righi San Marino

Where to stay in San Marino

If you are wanting to stay in the Old Town itself there are only a handful of hotels. 

Hotel Cesare

We stayed at Hotel Cesare. 

  • Four-star hotel just inside the city walls
  • Small rooms 
  • Full-size shower and bathroom
  • Good restaurant and bar
  • Amazing thermal pools in the cave below
  • Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Adriatic coast is stunning

Check reviews and book online.

room at hotel cesare

Hotel Bellavista

  • Centrally located in the city of San Marino and close to the Cava dei Balestrieri
  • Views over the Adriatic coast and the Apennines mountain range
  • Its restaurant is also one of the best places to eat in San Marino

Check reviews and book online

Hotel Titano

  • Get the vibe of San Marino by staying in this 19th-century building
  • Some rooms with views over the valley and Piazza della Liberta
  • Wifi
  • Small-animal friendly

Check reviews and book online

How to get to San Marino

The easiest way to get here is from within Italy itself. 

San Marino by train

Unlike much of Europe, it is not possible to catch a train to San Marino.  The train line was bombed during World War Two and has never been fully rebuilt.  Instead, you will need to travel to Rimini, about an hour to an hour and a half away, depending on the train. While int is recommended to catch the express train, it will depend entirely on your timing. Trenitalia is the main train service in Italy.

San Marino by car

The San Marino historic centre is a pedestrianised area, traffic controllers monitor the traffic.  Towards the top of the mountain, the road becomes one-way, with one road leading into the city and one out.  

From Bologna to San Marino: This trip covers 134 kilometres and just under two hours when traffic is normal.  Be mindful that many locals head to the seaside on Friday to spend the weekend so traffic will be much heavier during these times. The A14/E45 are the main routes out of Bologna.

From Rimini to San Marino:  Rimini is approximately 20 kilometres from San Marino, a trip that takes around 30 minutes.

Florence to San Marino:  Located approximately 238 kilometres from Florence, this drive will take just under three hours.

conductors limit traffic into the city of San Marino

There are street parks along the road for cars and a car park right outside the city gates.  Parking is also available at Borgo Maggiore.  From here you can ride the funicular back up to the top.    Car parks in San Marino can be found here.

San Marino by bus

Buses leave from the main Rimini train station (20km away) and cost €5 per person each way or €9 return. The trip takes about 45 minutes.   The buses, operated by Bonelli Buses in conjunction with Fratelli Benedittini, run daily and tickets may be purchased on the bus.  The buses also have wifi.

For the current timetable of Bonelli buses, click here.

If you are catching the bus back into Rimini, the area at St Francis’ Gate where the traffic controllers are is where you need to go to.  The bus exchange lies directly beneath here and can be accessed via walking the winding road or by a lift just down a hill. If you are confused, just ask them as they are extremely helpful.

San Marino by air

There are no airports in San Marino.  The closest airports can be found in Rimini, Bologna and Ancona.  

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is the largest airport in Emilia Romagna and where the majority of visitors to Bologna (and San Marino) arrive.  Depending on your itinerary, it might be a good idea to hire a car from the airport.

Buses are the cheapest option for getting from Bologna to Rimini.   The Shuttle Italy Airport bus costs €22 one way and with several stops along the way takes approximately 90 minutes to arrive at Rimini Train Station.

Federico Fellini International Airport is in nearby Rimini.  Trains run from the airport to Rimini Central Station.  The number 9 bus also runs into the city.  Cars may also be hired from here.

Aeroporto delle Marche is a very small airport servicing only a handful of cities.  A train also runs from the airport into Rimini.

San Marino by funicular

A funicular is also a fun addition to San Marino, providing access up and down from the town of Borgo Maggiore.  Great views are a bonus.

cable car san marino
Cable Car

Walking in San Marino

There is an ancient walkway called the  Costa dell’Arnella path that runs up the side of the mountain from Borgo Maggiore to San Marino.  If you fancy some incredible views and some exercise, this one is for you.  It starts in the centre of Borgo Maggiore and ends at the city gate entrance to the walled city of San Marino.

Getting around San Marino

This one is easy.  The small size of the historic city means that your two feet are the best option for getting around Marino.  Cars are prohibited inside the city walls.

When is the best time to visit San Marino?

Like so much of Italy that surrounds it, San Marino enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate.  In summer it is warm (and can get hot) but the ocean breezes coming up from the Adriatic usually keep the temperature at a reasonable level.  Summertime means heaps of tourists and even though this is one of the least visited countries in Europe, the number of people and its sheer size means it gets very crowded.

If you are coming via Rimini this is also important, particularly in the summertime. As a beach town, tourists flock to Rimini in the summer and so do locals on their weekends and on their summer holidays. Visitors almost always end up doing a day trip from Rimini to San Marino too, so the crowds can become quite unbearable.

Winter is much cooler given its location on the top of a mountain.  We visited at the end of October and it was a really beautiful time to visit.  The streets were also not busy at all.  It’s also a perfect time to go truffle hunting in the Romagna Hills nearby.

San Marino – a great day trip from Bologna

Is San Marino worth visiting? Yes is the answer.  There are plenty of things to do in San Marino, but there’s one thing in San Marino that you shouldn’t miss.  There’s no denying it can feel a bit touristy, but we really wanted to come here.  There are no official borders into San Marino, so a passport is not required. 

Trying to squeeze as much out of the visitor’s experience as possible, the San Marino tourism office provides a “tourist passport stamp” upon presentation of your passport at their office.  It will cost €5 for the pleasure, despite it having no official certification whatsoever.

However, I know I probably won’t come back here.  As beautiful as it is, this is a place for a day trip, two days at most.  

passport stamp san marino

San Marino travel guides

Looking for additional reading on San Marino.  These travel guides might be helpful.

Additional reading Emilia Romagna region

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Book your flight: Flights are an important part of travel and we’re always looking for the best deals. If you can travel mid-week and be flexible, you’ll often find great deals on flights. We use I Want That Flight in Australia (for domestic and international flights deals). We also use Skyscanner and Momondo(US) and Airfare Watchdog is a useful resource for checking flight prices.

Book your accommodation: We all love to stay in different places. From the comfort of a self-contained apartment or house to a resort or luxury hotel. sometimes we just need something quick, easy and comfortable for an overnight stay. Vrbo is great for holiday rentals of more than seven days and often has great discounts for longer periods. Trip Advisor is perfect for getting reviews, checking availability and pricing comparisons all in one place. For the same reason, we also love Booking.com (they have excellent cancelling and refund options) and Hotels Combined and have often found great savings on their sites.

Book your rental car or motorhome: We always use Rentalcars.com anywhere in the world for car hire. We recommend Apollo Motorhomes in Hamburg (use our code APDEBEERCROI for €50 off your hire) and Anywhere Campers if you want one-way hire motorhome in Europe. If you’d like to buy your own motorhome in France, we use and recommend France Motorhome Sales.

Book a tour:  We travel independently but occasionally even we find a great tour we are dying to take. If you are looking for advance tickets to an attraction, groups tours or private tours, we use and recommend Get Your Guide and Viator. Both have a great range of tours and flexible cancellation policies. If you are looking to do a food tour in Europe, we also recommend Eating Europe Tours.

Be covered: We always travel with travel insurance. We did it before the pandemic and it’s even more important for us to do so now. We use Cover-More in Australia. SafetyWing has great rates for travellers who are away from home for extended periods. World Nomads also has good coverage.

Be ready: Make sure you pack a few essentials; universal adaptor, power bank, noise cancelling headphones

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Special thanks to the team at Emilia Romagna Tourism and Blogville Europe for arranging our itinerary and journey into San Marino.  Thanks also to the San Marino Tourism Board for having us as guests in their beautiful city.  All editorial content is completely independent and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Updated 19 May 2022

23 thoughts on “San Marino – Why you must visit one of the smallest countries in the world”

  1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did Peter. Such a wonderful location and hard to believe it has remained its own country. I wish you good weather as the views from the top are incredible on a fine day.

  2. Thanks for this excellent guide. I have intended to visit it for such a long time but it looks like I will finally get there next month, just for a day trip so this will maximise my time there. Scotland seems to often get drawn against San Marino in the various football tournaments and not having an airport or railway adds to the fun of the challenge for the Tartan Army but I was always too busy to go when we were playing them.So far I have managed to get to the Vatican and Gibraltar, still to get Monaco to add to my city states list.

  3. Hi Sasha, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to tell me about your project. San Marino is indeed a beautiful place so I am quite sure you will do very well and show everyone how special it is.

  4. I only searched about San Marino because this is for a project that I will be doing in Social Studies. My classmates even teased my picked country because it kinda sounds like a brand of sardines/corn beef. I never actually knew that San Marino is a country before my teacher assigned me to this country. When I searched the country and stumbled upon this blog, I thought, “Shame on those boys who made fun of this country because it is absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for posting such a really informative and helpful blog! Wish me luck on my project! I believe it will go well with this information and reaction I got from someone who actually traveled and stayed there. Don’t worry because I will put credits with your blog website captioned “the most helpful one of them all”. I rambled on so much and I think I should stop. Oh well, hope I have a good grade in Social Studies!

  5. we’ve visited it in May with our baby:)) I chose it as our first family trip! loved it! But still haven’t blogged about it properly..

  6. I’ve never heard of San Marino before, but now I really want to go. It has so much history and the photos are beautiful!

  7. Thanks so much for this post. I had no idea San Marino was an independent country, and it looks beautiful. I’m planning an Italy trip right now, and I will definitely be adding this as a destination. Thanks for the great information, and the pictures are fantastic.

  8. Yep, you’re right – San Marino has not made it onto any lists I’ve seen going into 2018! Their loss! Though you’re correct – sometimes getting too much attention is almost like a curse because these spots often get overrun with tourism to the point where they lose their authentic charm. Which San Marino seems to ooze!

    I’ve actually learnt something new today, because I did think it was part of Italy – sorry San Marino!! So thanks for setting that straight. The foretress looks absolutely incredible – kind of reminds me of the Great Wall of China it looks so grand! And I would lovet o just wander and get lost among the cobbled streets. Thanks for the article!

  9. I tend to be fonder of charming little places than overly hyped tourist spots. That, and the Public Palace is lovely! I’d love to visit San Marino one day.

  10. If ever I’d come and visit San Marino, I’d definitely see Basilica di San Marino, whenever I’m in a new place, I look for a Catholic church. Being raised as a Catholic, I love paying a visit to churches. The View from Bar Piadineria la Capanna is a must here I could say, I would definitely choose to dine in here provided by the stunning view. Pizza and pasta are always a perfect combination for me. And of course, the stamp is so nice! I’d like to get this one, too! Sure 5euro is worth it! Indeed!

  11. Oh wow, the architecture in San Marino looks stunning! That’s really neat that it was built as a fortress on Mount Titano—the views from the city look really amazing. The Public Palace looks absolutely gorgeous as well—I love how it looks like it is just perched up on the top of the hill! That’s too bad the train line was destroyed during the war, but I’m glad to hear there are busses running there still. I would want to get a passport stamp too—yeah, it’s touristy but it’s a fun souvenir! We really need to look into visiting San Marino now for sure!

  12. Okay, I’ve officially added San Marino to my list of places I must visit – and before reading this post I had no idea it even existed! Your photos are absolutely breathtaking and it looks like such a darling little city to spend a few days. The fortress looks so beautiful! Were you able to go when it was actually open? I love the way it looks with the greenery growing up the walls. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this post – thanks for writing!

  13. I understand your concern about San Marino becoming popular… it will soon get infested with tourists.
    Looks such a cute little place with typical cobbled streets.Strange it doesn’t have rail connection.

  14. Oh I totally forgot about the existence of San Marino until I read your post here! haha… I think we stopped in San Marino for a couple of hours on our way down to Scerne di Pineto when I was a kid. That was such a long time ago, and back then I just tagged along without asking or caring where we traveled to. haha… But your photo of the fortress and the three towers reminds that I’ve seen this before! I remember that it looked impressive, and now I would definitely want to return to explore San Marino more in depth. Let’s hope that it stays a hidden gem among the other famous European “must-see destinations”! And thank you for your list of places to eat, I would love to try out Restaurant Righi! And it’s good to know that there’s not train going to San Marino. But that’s OK, it’s gonna be another road trip then! 🙂

  15. I’ve been to Italy twice and I told myself that I plan to visit the smaller cities. Great information to know that the train is a bust to San Marino. However, I can see the drive as the best adventurous and scenic rid.

  16. I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of San Marino until about a year ago, but have read much about it since. Hill-top towns are so picturesque. I love Aperol Spritz’s too, so sitting at the Hotel Cesare with one of those sounds simply marvellous. I love the idea of putting a passport stamp in your passport, despite not needing one. I love love love passport stamps, so it is such a lovely token of your visit.

  17. Adorable! Of course, I had no idea that San Marino existed but would love to walk those cobblestone streets. Great tips about getting there and the discount card. The views are breath taking. I’m not much of a shopper either but it’s fun to people and window watch.

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