San Marino Travel Guide

  • San Marino
    by JuliaMac
  • San Marino
    by JuliaMac
  • San Marino
    by JuliaMac

San Marino Highlights

  • Pro
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    PetraG says…

     History alive! You cannot stop being amazed! 

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     not a lot to see 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go go go 

San Marino Things to Do

  • THE POST OFFICE

    Want some stamps that will only get your postcard 2 miles away? Yes, the San Marino Post Office will sell you stamps that only work INSIDE this micro-nation. Mostly they are for collectors. They also sell postage for air mail worldwide so you can send friends, family and other VT members some great cards from this beautiful mountain country.They...

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  • Palazzo Pubblico

    The Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall as well as its official Government Building. It is located on the site of an ancient building called the Domus Magna Comunis.The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council,...

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  • Basilica di San Marino

    The Basilica di San Marino is a Catholic church and the main church of the City of San Marino. It is situated on the Piazza Domus Plebis in the northeastern edge of the city, adjacent to the Church of St. Peter. It is dedicated to San Marino diacono, the founder and patron of the Republic. The present church was built in 1836 in place of an earlier...

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  • Montale

    The Montale or the Third Tower, is located on the smallest of Monte Titano's summits and is the smallest out of three Towers. It was constructed in the 14th century. Unlike the other towers, this one is not open to the public. It was renovated in 1924.

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  • Cesta

    The Cesta or Second Tower, or La Fratta is located on the highest of Monte Titano's summits. It was constructed in the 13th century. A museum of old weapons to honor Saint Marinus, created in 1956, is located in this tower. It dominates the skyline, offering superb views towards Rimini and the coast.

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  • Guaita

    The Three Towers of San Marino form a group of towers located on the three peaks of Monte TitanoThe Guaita, or First Tower, or La Rocca is the oldest and the most famous of the three defensive towers that overlook the city. It is dating back to the 11th century and served briefly as a prison.The entrance of the pentagonal structure displays the...

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  • Towers of San Marino

    I had to visit San Marino on a trip to Italy. In San Marino there are 3 towers of which you could visit 2. They are really great to photograph and there are also nice views! At one tower there is a museum with old weapons and other military items.More info at-http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-of-towers-of-san-marino.html

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  • Guards of the Rock

    Try and catch the changing of the guards in the Palazzo Pubblico. I believe it occurred at the bottom of every hour.

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  • San Marino Parliament

    Once in San Marino, about halfway up your journey, you will find the Parliament building, adorned by the national flag. We couldn't get in but the architecture was wonderful.

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  • Cava del Balestrieri - The Crossbowman's...

    The oldest military formation within the Republic is the Corps of Crossbowmen. It appears that there is written evidence of their existence, in a document dated 7 February 1339. However it appears that there is earlier evidence dated 1295 (legal statutes).The crossbowmen were formed to defend the Republic, and never failed to do this! Their...

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  • The Guaita Fortress (First Tower)

    The First Tower (Guaita or Rocca) is the oldest and major Fortress of the Republic. It was built in the 11th century; and has been restored and renovated at different times since it was first constructed. This is one of the oldest military fortifications in San Marino and Italy.The most recent renovation was carried out in 1930 and it has been open...

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  • St Quirino Church of the Cappuchin...

    The Church was built in the 16th Century; on the site of an older chapel devoted to St Quirino. It is described in many books and guides as being "simple and poor in works of art" but this gives it a feeling of peace.In July 1849, the church hosted the soldiers' of Giuseppe Garibaldi after the fall of the Republic of Rome. In fact Garibaldi, from...

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  • Basilica del Santo - (the Saint's...

    The current Basilica was built at the beginning of the 19th Century, it was constructed on the foundations of a pre-existing church dating back to the 5th or 6th century AD. The original church had been the local parish church.The basilica was a creation of Antonio Serra. The works started in 1826 and finished 1838. It was consecrated in 1855; it...

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  • The Museum of Ancient Arms

    The museum is comprised of 4 rooms and brings together a collection of arms of all descriptions dating from the middle ages up to the beginning of the 1900s.The Museum is within the Cesta Fortress; so do visit it too.

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  • The Montale Fortress (Third Tower)

    The Third Tower (Montale) The year of the tower's construction is unknown - and it is thought that this was used as a look out during the wars with the Malatesta family. The tower has a pentagonal base and the opening is several metres above the ground. It fell into disrepair but was restored in 1743.The walk to the tower is pleasant and the views...

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San Marino Hotels

San Marino Restaurants

  • Good value Italian set menu meals

    My girlfriend and I had lunch at Ristorante Bolognese during a day trip to San Marino in June 2010.This traditional Italian restaurant, dating back to 1920, is located on Via Basilicius close to the centre of San Marino.The restaurant has an outdoor seating area with a handful of tables, but we chose instead to sit in the bright, airy and cool...

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  • The best Piazza

    On Piazza della Libertà, in front of the most famous Palazzo of the country, this restaurant offers you local specialiaties. Even if it is on the main place, prices are not so expensive and it tastes good. If you're lucky enough to come here during a nice day, you can enjoy to have lunch on the terrasse... actually, in Piazza!.

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  • A Michelin Star too!

    I made a visit hear as it looked like a good menu. I was right; it seems that they have two venues at the one address - upstairs is an up market eating venue. It serves appetisers and and the staff are very attentive. It is a non smoking venue, so smokers have to leave for their fix!My meal cost me 30€, so it was good value for money. steak, salad...

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  • Another Italian!

    I came here for dinner and then a lunch outdoors later in the week of my stay. I had an excellent meal each time; the staff were good and the menu full and inspiring. peppered steak and salad

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  • Escape from the sun and have a coffee

    After walking and visiting all three towers; I needed a seat and a coffee. I called into several places, but finally decided on this venue as they also had a good tourist selection available to buy.Good coffee and great staff.Sadly no address information or anything on web for this.

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  • First night's dinner in the Republic

    The restaurant has been a round since 1920 - and it does seem to be fairly traditional. I have to admit, that I was a little disappointed by the food when it arrived. The menu seemed wholesome, but sadly the steak I ordered arrived as if it had been pan fried rather than grilled as I had expected. The side salad and chips were fine as was the...

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San Marino Transportation

  • Rimini to San Marino by Bus

    I always worry about taking buses in foreign countries, afraid that I’ll get on the wrong bus and get hopelessly lost. That said, the bus from Rimini to San Marino and back was very straight forward. The road outside the main train station is a dogleg that first passes along the station and then turns to head inland towards San Marino. The bus to...

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  • Getting to San Marino

    San Marino is NOT on the Italian Trenitalia system. Instead, you have to go to a nearby city like Rimini, and take a bus.Look at the official Tourist website for information on how to take a bus to San Marino from Rimini (see Tourism->Useful Information).

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  • Transport in San Marino

    It seems that there is a limited opportunity to use different means of public transport in the Republic. However, the taxi services available are fairly cheap and reliable; there is the cable way and the buses to and from Rimini.There is also a local bus service. See the link below for more information.

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San Marino Shopping

  • Chocolate & Amaretto (I&V)

    San Marino is considered to be the good shopping destination. Although it was not a purpose of our travel, we managed to buy a good quality and low price San Marino produced chocolates and amaretto, with symbols of San Marino – the Three Towers, depicted on the packages.

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  • San Marino Factory Outlet

    In this shop you can find all the brands , such as:Baldinini,Calvin Klein,Glenfield,Liu Jo,D&G and etc.Very nice prices, especially in the summer time, soldies everywhere, and there are too.Here you can not only to buy everything you want, but relax drinking a cup of cappuchino and eating something sweet. All the clothing It depends on your taste...

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  • Haven!!

    San Marino is a bit of a tax and law haven - which may explain why it is so easy to buy these incredible weapons. Please, please, please - these are only for momentous purposes and should not be bought for use!!!There are a few shops that sell swords and weapons of a medieval nature in San Marino, so if this is your go, check them out!!! There...

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San Marino Local Customs

  • Crossbow

    Those who arrive in the old city centre of San Marino usually notice the words “Cava dei Balestrieri” on the stone wall of an ancient quarry. The words mean “The Crossbowmen Quarry” and this is the training ground of the San Marino Crossbowmen's Federation.In the Middle Ages it was normal for armies to have corps of crossbowmen, these men had to...

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  • Prison Art in Rocca (I&V)

    Prisons in the fortresses – it is not local custom of San Marino, it is global custom. But similarly to the Lev Tolstoy’s sentence – "All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way", guess that each prison has its "own way" of being horrible & unhappy place. The tiny cell of prison in the First Tower of San...

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  • Giuseppe Garibaldi & Republic of San...

    Giuseppe Garibaldi was the most important figure of il Risorgimento – Italian Revival, and he is considered to be Italian national hero. After the fall of Roman Republic in 1849, Garibaldi found a safe refuge for himself and his troops in San Marino. In memory of this support, wish of San Marino not to be incorporated into the new Italian state was...

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San Marino What to Pack

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    My guide book in San Marino

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 8, 2012

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    Miscellaneous: Here it is my guide book that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in San Marino.
    San Marino. Edition International Souvenir S.A. – San Marino. In Russian. 1994. 120 pages.

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    • Architecture
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San Marino Favorites

  • Republic of San Marino

    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...

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  • City of San Marino

    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...

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  • Monte Titano

    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...

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Museo di Stato - State Museum of San Marino
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Cappella di Santa Barbara (I&V)
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walk along the walls
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