San Marino Local Customs

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San Marino Local Customs

  • Changing of the guards

    Changing of the guard ceremony is performed every hour (on the half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) during the summer months (mid May till the end of September). The Nucleo Uniformato della Guardia di Rocca (Uniformed Guards of the Fortress) perform honour service at the Palazzo Pubblico.The Guardia di Rocca guard, was originally founded in 1754,...

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  • Crossbowmen competition

    Crossbowmen are the oldest military unit of San Marino. They were the official defenders of the Republik since 1339 (first proofes of existence date back to 1295). Crossbowmen did their job, defending San Marino very weel, as it was never conquered. The unit is still active and takes part in competitions abroad where they are among the best.They...

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  • ''human traffic lights''

    If you leave old town throuhg Porta S. Francesco gate, you'll be able to benefit a service of this nicely dressed officials. Right by the gate pases more or less busy road and their job is to stop all the traffic if somebody wants to cross the street. I think it was right to put somebody to take care of the traffic as it could easily happen that...

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  • Medioeval Days!

    At the end of july in San Marino take place "Le Giornate Medievali". This year, from july the 27th to july the 31th, for a whole week, the small streets of the historical centre go through a metamorphosis: the many colored daylight tourist path becomes a sort of evening theatre where the protagonists follow one another in parades creating an...

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  • SAN MARINO EURO COINS

    San Marino Euro Coins are all sold out, and are impossible to be found (except than in numismatic specialized shops).I have attached a picture of them.Please refer to the Philatelic and Numismatic State Office link to get more information.

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  • Stamps & Co.Being landlocked...

    Stamps & Co.Being landlocked within Italy San Marino obviously uses as currency the Euro - but do not mistakenly assume that you can send your postcards using italian stamps: they have their own ones - and only those should be used. Another curiosity is the guards outside the government buinding: they wear funny coloured costumes and do very little...

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  • The Sammarinesse are a...

    The Sammarinesse are a friendly people who are immensely proud of their small country, and who are very willing to help the wayward tourist. The culture is Italian, notwithstanding a bit of Sammarinesse nationalism, and the language is Italian, though English seems to be widely spoken. Bargaining in the souvenier shops - which are unfortunately...

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  • Take San Marino...

    Take San Marino seriously---that is to respect it as a country despite its small size. People are proud to be from San Marino. Pictured here is San Marino's government house where you can see the changing of the guards every day.

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  • San Marino is very famous with...

    San Marino is very famous with its stamp. Museo Filatelico e Numismatico is a must visit to all stamp and coin collectors.

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  • STONE UPON STONE, THE REFUGE...

    STONE UPON STONE, THE REFUGE OF A SAINT: THE LEGEND OF SAN MARINONo documents exist to testify the origins of the Republic and the flow of memory born from the faityh of the people is inclined to run back into the realms of legend.And an ancient legend it is too!Even older than that of the Founder Saint who received the mountain as a gift from a...

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