San Marino Things to Do

  • San Marino Parliament building
    San Marino Parliament building
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    Changing of the Guards of the Rock
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San Marino Things to Do

  • The castle

    San Marino Things to Do

    “The distance between the cities of Rimini and San Marino is thirteen miles, and the road, though so steep when within a few miles of the mountain as to require the addition of oxen to the carriage, is kept in excellent condition. After a pleasant drive of ten miles through a fertile valley abounding in vineyards and cornfields, the traveller...

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  • Historical centre

    San Marino Things to Do

    In the historical center the Basilica di San Marino originaly in the 4. century, todays church from 1838, next to it the Chiesa di San Pietro from about 600, the altar from 1689, and not far the Palazzo pubblico the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building.

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  • Museums

    San Marino Things to Do

    San Marino's Museum of Curiosities features a unique collection of unbelievable but true facts, eccentric objects, bizarre personalities and more. Amongst the most unusual pieces on show are a trap for fleas, a watch to wear on your nose, several cups for men with moustaches, the world’s longest fingernails, the ‘glass suits’ completely covered in...

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  • Shopping

    San Marino Things to Do

    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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  • Changing of the guards

    San Marino Things to Do

    “Return to the hero who sent you; carry to him the free homage of our admiration and gratitude; tell him that the Republic of San Marino, satisfied with the narrow boundaries of its territory and with its modest existence, has no desire to accept his generous offer, nor of entertaining the ambitious idea of an aggrandizement which might in time...

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  • Views

    San Marino Things to Do

    “The traveller will not forget to see the library, the museum, and the hospital, and will reserve as the crowning pleasure of his visit the magnificent view from the summit of the citadel, La Rocca. Words cannot convey an idea of its beauty and grandeur. A writer has well said that it alone will repay all the trouble of a journey to San Marino.” —...

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  • Monte Titano

    San Marino Things to Do

    Mount Titano is the mountain located in San Marino. There are three ancient towers there. Well, one of these is a real tower. Two of them are small fortresses. The first tower is named Guaita. It is the largest of the three. It was built in the 11th century. Inside you can see some rooms used as a prison up to 1970. Inside this tower there is also...

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  • 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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  • See the Basilica and the Chiesa di San...

    In the historical center the Basilica di San Marino originaly in the 4. century, todays church from 1838, next to it the Chiesa di San Pietro from about 600, the altar from 1689, and not far the Palazzo pubblico the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building.

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  • The Views from San Marino

    “The traveller will not forget to see the library, the museum, and the hospital, and will reserve as the crowning pleasure of his visit the magnificent view from the summit of the citadel, La Rocca. Words cannot convey an idea of its beauty and grandeur. A writer has well said that it alone will repay all the trouble of a journey to San Marino.”—...

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  • The Arms Collection

    “The distance between the cities of Rimini and San Marino is thirteen miles, and the road, though so steep when within a few miles of the mountain as to require the addition of oxen to the carriage, is kept in excellent condition. After a pleasant drive of ten miles through a fertile valley abounding in vineyards and cornfields, the traveller...

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  • The Chapel of St. Barbara

    “San Marino gazed down on this eventful Fifteenth Century as a chess-board in the game of history.”— from “Two Quaint Republics, Andorra and San Marino” by Virginia Wales JohnsonJust within the gates of the First Tower, La Guaita, sits a stone chapel dedicated to St. Barbara.Inside it is quite peaceful and could be otherwise overlooked.

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  • The Third Tower, Montale

    “I am a Monarchist in France, but a Republican at San Marino.”— François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) The smallest of the towers is the Third Tower, called La Montale; it dates to the end of the 13th century. It has played a strategic role with the best position for a lookout post. This tower stands on the lowest of Monte Titano’s...

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  • The Guard of the Great and General...

    “Return to the hero who sent you; carry to him the free homage of our admiration and gratitude; tell him that the Republic of San Marino, satisfied with the narrow boundaries of its territory and with its modest existence, has no desire to accept his generous offer, nor of entertaining the ambitious idea of an aggrandizement which might in time...

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  • Guarding the Rock

    “Viva Giangi! Viva San Marino! Viva la Repubblica!”— Citizens of San MarinoLOYAL CITIZENS In October 1739, Giulio Cardinal Alberoni, Papal Legate in Rimini, crossed the border into San Marino. The cardinal tried to extend papal authority into the tiny, independent country. San Marino’s authorities blocked his attempt. Alfonso Giangi, a...

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  • Palazzo Pubblico

    “In the early years of the fourth century, when the imperial power of Rome continued its persecutions of Christianity, some of the believers in the new religion braved their torments, while others, like Hilary and Jerome, concealed the observance of their worship. San Marino owes its origin to the latter class. Under the reign of the Emperors...

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  • San Marino, Its Coat-of-Arms

    “Tomorrow we are going to the famous Republic of San Marino, thirteen kilometres from here. It is the oldest republic in Europe, and the smallest in the world, so I am most desirous of seeing its quaint capital. Senator Frye told me that he had helped to arrange a treaty with this republic, and asked me the last time I saw him in Washington if I...

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  • Miss Liberty

    “These towers crown San Marino, one of the smallest and most famous republics in Europe.”— from “Two Quaint Republics: Andorra and San Marino” 1913 by Virginia W. Johnson (1849-1916)CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT Stylized versions of those three towers crown the head of Miss Liberty, the white marble figure at the center of Piazza della Libertà....

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  • The Second Tower, La Cesta, Part II

    “San Marino does not occupy an important place among nations. Catholic in religion, these republicans have ever resisted the temporal rule of Rome. A famous tenet of Venice was ‘We are Venetians, and then Christians.’ San Marino, in staunch loyalty, must have early adopted a similar creed.”— from “Two Quaint Republics, Andorra and San Marino” by...

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  • The Second Tower, La Cesta, Part I

    “Government founded on republican principles is capable of being so administered as to be secure and enduring.”— from the 1861 letter written by President Abraham Lincoln to the government of San Marino after he was granted honorary citizenshipCITIZEN ABE Lincoln signed his letter, ‘your friend.’La Cesta, the Second Tower, stands on De La...

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  • The First Tower, La Guaita, Part I

    “Upon my word we really must preserve it as a republican specimen.”— Napoleon I (1769-1821)PRESERVATIONIST After Napoleon became emperor and the map of Italy was being considered, Ferdinando Marescalchi, the Italian Foreign Affairs Minister, asked him what was to be done with San Marino; the above quote was the Little Corporal’s response....

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  • The First Tower, La Guaita, Part II

    “San Marino in this same year, 1347, breathed the pure air of the hills in a spirit of contentment, and was assailed by the most formidable foreign invader that has ever appeared in Europe. The plague landed from Genoese galleys, and appeared in Tuscany, Provence, and the Romagna. Checked by the cold of winter, the malady burst forth with increased...

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  • Garibaldi Monument

    “Soldiers! — We have arrived upon a land of refuge, and we owe an irreproachable conduct to our generous hosts. It will secure for us the respect that misfortune deserves. From this time I release my companions in arms from all obligations, leaving them free to return to private life; but I would remind them that it is better to die than to live...

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  • Basilica di San Marino, Interior

    “One part of the territory of the republic being placed under the episcopal jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rimini, and the other under that of the Bishop of Montefeltro, the cathedral of San Marino is administered by an archpriest, who has the title of auditorbishop. In the state there are seven parishes and four convents, two of which are in the...

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  • Basilica di San Marino, Exterior

    “Divo Marino Patrono Et Libertatis Avctore Sen. P. Q."— The Inscription Below the Pediment of the Cathedral of San MarinoETCHED IN STONE This Latin phrase translates as “St. Marinus, father of the country, the bearer of freedom for the Senate and the People.”The Basilica of San Marino, in the NeoClassical style, replaced a fifth-century...

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  • Cesta Fortress

    Cesta Fortress was built in the thirteenth century on Fratta, Monte Titano's highest peak. In 1956 the Museum of Ancient Arms was established in the fortress. The museum features over 700 pieces, including spears and lances, side arms, firearms, bows and arrows, crossbows, and coats of armor, all dating from the Middle Ages to about 1800.

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  • The Fortress of Guaita

    Early inhabitants of San Marino constructed three fortresses known as the Three Towers of San Marino on each of the three summits of Monte Titano. The Fortress of Guaita was constructed in the tenth century on the second-tallest summit, also called Guaita. It is the oldest of the three towers and is therfore one of the oldest ancient fortifications...

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  • Monte Titano

    The dominant geological feature of San Marino is Monte Titano, a limestone outlier of the Apennine Mountains with three summits, the highest of which is 2,457 feet (749 meters) in elevation. The three peaks are called Guaita, Cesta, and Montale. Legend has it that Saint Marinus founded San Marino upon these peaks. Early inhabitants built protective...

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  • The State Museum.

    The State museum is housed inside the Pergami-Beluzzi Palace. It is a restored building constructed in the 16th century. Here you can see lots of archaeological findings; various paintings and a collection of sacral art taken from a monastery. Moreover here you can find several items as ceramics and icons.

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  • The towers on Mount Titano.

    Mount Titano is the mountain located in San Marino. There are three ancient towers there. Well, one of these is a real tower. Two of them are small fortresses.The first tower is named Guaita. It is the largest of the three. It was built in the 11th century. Inside you can see some rooms used as a prison up to 1970. Inside this tower there is also a...

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  • Views

    The best part of San Marino for me was the views and the fortress wallsThere are museums to see although i didnt go in anyIt was just nice to walk around the whole of the old town and look at the scenary and also the small winding streets

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  • Montale fortress (third tower)

    Third fort. Watchtower. This tower was extremely important during the war with the Malatesta. Although it can only be viewed from the outside, it provides a highly suggestive panorama.

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  • Cesta fortress (second tower)

    Second fortress. Dates back to the XIII century. It is found on the high peak of Mount Titano. The inside houses the Museum of Arms containing arms from the XIII to the XIX centuries.

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  • Guaita fortress (first tower)

    First fort built in the XI century and restored several times. Some of the rooms were used as a prison. To the left of the entrance is the Chapel of the Rocca, dedicated to Saint Barbara.It's certainly worth a visit!!To enter, you have to pay an admission ticket.

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  • Change of the guard at the Government...

    Don't miss the change of the guard at the Government Palace (Palazzo Pubblico).The Nucleo Uniformato della Guardia di Rocca (Uniformed Guards of the Fortress) perform honour service at the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza della Libertà, and the 'changing of the guard' ceremony is performed every hour on the half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during...

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  • NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SAN MARINO

    December 31stFrom 10 pm onwards in Piazza Sant’Agata and Piazzale Lo StradoneOn New Year’s Eve, a great open-air party to welcome in the New Year, in Piazza Sant’Agata starting at 10 pm, with music, traditional dishes, midnight toast and a fantastic fireworks display to welcome the New Year.

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  • THE CHRISTMAS OF WONDERS IN SAN MARINO

    December - Early JanuarySan Marino, city centre“Christmas Full of Wonders” is an opportunity to invite holidaymakers to San Marino in an atmosphere completely different to that of the summer, lesser known perhaps, but not because of this any less fascinating and exciting.Every year, from the Advent to the Epiphany, the great Christmas tradition is...

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  • INSTALLATION OF THEIR EXCELLENCIES THE...

    1st October - 1st April of each yearThe Heads of State are installed in office every six months during the course of a traditional ceremony staged according to a centuries-old protocol.San Marino celebrates the installation of the two Heads of State who will guide the Republic for the following six months. Part of the ceremony is the procession of...

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall of San Marino is located in Palazzo Pubblico and is built on the site of the old 16th-century palace. You can go inside (though we didn't have time rushing for the last bus), and you’ll find the Council Hall, the Hall of the Great Council, a mezzanine floor and the Scrutiny Room.

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  • Museum Of Curiosities

    San Marino's Museum of Curiosities features a unique collection of unbelievable but true facts, eccentric objects, bizarre personalities and more.Amongst the most unusual pieces on show are a trap for fleas, a watch to wear on your nose, several cups for men with moustaches, the world’s longest fingernails, the ‘glass suits’ completely covered in...

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  • Museum Of Ancient Arms

    The Museum displays part of the rich armoury collection acquired by the State between 1956 and 1972.The exhibition route consists of four rooms and shows the development of “sidearms” and “firearms” with exhibits of great historical value ranging from armours, bills and halberds, wheel-lock, flintlock and fuse firearms to the experimental weapons...

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  • Second Towe (Cesta)

    The Second Tower or Cesta stands on the highest point of Mount Titano, 755 meters above sea level. It is situated halfway along a panoramic path from which an impressive and breathtaking landscape can be admired and which, on top of the mountain, connects the three ancient towers of San Marino. Although restored many times over the years, the...

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  • First Tower (Guaita)

    The First Tower or Guaita Tower is the oldest of the three towers, and the most famous being depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms of San Marino. It was constructed in the 11th century and served briefly as a prison, and has been restored several times, the last reconstruction occurred around 1930, and after that the fortress had was...

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  • Bartolomeo Borghese Statue

    The statue of Bartolomeo Borghese can be found next to the upper cable car station of the aerial tramway.Having weakened his eyesight by the study of documents of the middle ages, he turned his attention to numismatics. Borghesi retired to San Marino, where he died in April 1860.The statue was made by Romagnoli and inaugurated in 1904.

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  • Tourist Shops

    As such a large part of San Marino's national income is associated with the tourist industry its not too surprising to find that most of the shops are selling various things for tourists. From wooden clocks to expensive watches, and from tourist tack to fashion clothes there are so many to choose from.

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