“The Republic of San Marino comprises an area of seventeen square miles, which is wholly inclosed within the kingdom of Italy, and contains eight thousand inhabitants. It is irregularly shaped, the greatest length from north to south being seven miles; the greatest width being five miles.”
— from “The Republic of San Marino” 1880 by Carlo Bruc, duca di Busignano
Many of the shops lining the stone-paved streets of San Marino sell the most common of goods. They are cheap looking, undoubtedly made in China, and look as if they could be bought anywhere else in the world.
We opted to buy a practical souvenir to remind us of this mountaintop republic, jackets bearing the San Marino coat-of-arms.
The stall where we found these stylish numbers was located outside the frenzied main shopping area of the historic center; it was closer to the third tower, high on the mountain. It was run by two women, so enthusiastic to make a sale they lowered the price by 25%! That helped cover the exchange rate difference.
San Marino has loads of shops as they are tax free. So you can stock up on perfumes, cigarettes, alcohol, jewellery etc - even knives! There is no border control into Italy so I suppose you can take back as much as you like.
As you might already know San Marino is a separate republic, even if it's in a heart of Italy. They have lower taxes than Italy on most popular things that make life more pleasurable, so the shops you'd care to visit and spend less are: tobacco/sigarettes, alcol, perfumes.
What to buy: Cheaper cost on:
Perfumes, sigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and other pleasurable legal "drugs" ;-) (as for real drugs, don't ask, I don't use them and they are illegal there too =))
There are a lot of little shops. You can buy perfumes, jewellery, leather articles, alcohol. Here is it not so expensive, becouse all is tax free. And when you are tired by shopping you can admire beautiful panorama.
What to buy: jewelery, alcochol, leather articles, perfumes, glass......
What to pay: Euro, but you can pay too in dollars.
I won't be able to give a name because they're alot of and they are everywhere... Ahh yes those shops of San Marino.. People are doing shopping as a crazy.. Do you know why? Because here there is "Tax free" and you buy things 20% less than their original prices... Mamma mia!!!
What to buy: There are alot of alternatives to buy... Souvenir are very interesting.. I saw alot of knives, swords, sun glasses, leather bags... Watchs, jewellery and especially parfumes!!!
People of San Marino are proud of their old weapons collection. No wonder that replicas of those weapons are being sold all around San Marino as souvenirs. They come in all shapes and sizes.
You can buy nice collectors stamps at the San Marino Official stamps and coins shop in the city center.
Also available at the website:
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