the Republic of San Marino is an enclaved microstate with the size is just over 60 km2.
San Marino claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.
The Three Towers of San Marino are located on the three peaks of Monte Titano in the capital. They are depicted on both the Flag of San Marino and its coat of arms.
San Marino has a famous cake known as Torta Di Tre Monti ("Cake of the Three Towers"), a layered wafer cake covered in chocolate.
You can watch my 4 min 22 sec about San Marino Video San Marino out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
The city of San Marino is straddled on the ridge of the Mount Titano.
It has a hoary history starting from early 4th century. According to the legend related to the Mount and its precincts a small monastery existed on top of the Mount during the 8th century. The mountainous landscape provides excellent views of its surroundings, and its isolated location ensured the needed seclusion for San Marino to survive as a Republic over the past several centuries.
The city is visited by more than three million people per year, and has developed progressively as a tourist center.
Monte Titano is the highest peak in San Marino. It stands at 739 m above sea level.
It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 under the combined title "San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano".
It encompasses the Mount Titano and the other structures such as the fortification towers, walls, gates and bastions, as well as a neo-classical basilica located on it and its slopes forming a small but unique urban conglomerate.
I called in to the tourist information office near to the Cableway station in San Marino Citta - and purchased a Tourist Visa.
For those of us within the European Union, we longer get a stamp within our passports if we travel within the EU or the EEA (European Economic Area).
I duly paid my 5€ and had the stamp and the official frank mark attached to my passport.
Favorite thing: To receive a stamp of San Marino in your passport one has to visit the tourist information office. After they have received the fee of EUR 2.50 one can obtain a tourist visa. There are no border controls since the country is completley surrounded by Italy.
Favorite thing: Since San Marino is part of the Euro Currency Zone it also mints own coins. The San Marino coins in particulary are very seldom to be found and most of the times they have to be purchased in souvenir shops. If you are a coin collector make sure you negotiate the price - since on my visit the price varied quiet a bit!!