San Marino

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San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Vatican City and Monaco), and claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbour.

Population: 32,448 people
Area: 61 km2
Highest point: 755 m
Coastline: 0 km
Life expectancy: 83.12 years
GDP per capita: $36,200
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About San Marino

Background

San Marino is the world's oldest republic and Europe's third smallest state. It is the sole survivor of the independent city states that used to make up the Italian peninsula before the unification of Italy. It lies 657m above sea level with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic coast, and is situated only 10km from Rimini. Legend has it that the founder of San Marino, a stonemason arrived from the island of Rab in Dalmatia, climbed Mount Titano to found a small community of Christians, persecuted for their faith by the Emperor Diocletian.

San Marino is made up of a few towns dotted around the mountain sides. The capital of San Marino is itself called 'San Marino' and is situated high up on a mountain top. The capital is surrounded by a wall and three distinct towers overlook the rest of the country. The site "San Marino: Historic Centre and Mount Titano" has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

The towns surrounding the capital are more industrial and generally not as attractive as the main city. San Marino is 20 times bigger than Monaco and half the size of Liechtenstein.

Activities

Get your passports stamped at the tourist information centre. This is an excellent souvenir as they stick a visa tax stamp and then an official ink stamp over the top, €5.

Food

Obviously Italian dishes, like lasagne, spaghetti alla bolognese, gelato (Italian ice-cream), and whatever you eat in Italy.

Supermarkets in San Marino are few and far-between, although the following can help in this area:

  • Conad. Azzurro Shopping Center, V M Moretti 23, Serravalle
  • Sma Supermercati. Via del Passetto 113, Fiorentino
  • Ristorante Terrazza Titano, Contrada del Collegio 31
  • La Fratta, Via Salita alla Rocca, 14 (Next to the parking lot n.6).

Drinks

  • The local beer is very tasty.
  • Spirits are also very commonly found, especially Limoncello, a lemon liquor.
  • Try the locally produced wine.
  • The coffee, like in its Italian neighbour, is superb.

Shopping

San Marino uses the euro (€, EUR) as its money. It is one of 24 European countries that use this common European currency: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain (which are all eurozone countries of the European Union or EU) together with the six non-EU members Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican that also solely use euros but have no say in eurozone affairs. These 24 countries together have a population of more than 330 million.

One euro is divided into 100 cents. Except for Kosovo and Montenegro, all issue their own coins with a distinctive, national face. However, all the coins' obverse looks the same, as do all bills or banknotes and all are legal tender in all 24 countries.

  • A lot of the souvenir shops sell weapons, from swords to B-B guns.
  • Like other states which have the Euro as their currency, San Marino has its own patterns on the back of the Euro coins. You can try to obtain these coins by simply going around buying things and collecting the coins that way, but a quicker solution is to buy the set in a souvenir shop. Unfortunately, these sets seem to lack the €1 and €2 coins.

Prices for items such as disposable cameras and batteries are cheaper in San Marino than they are in Italy. This is partly because in San Marino you don't have to pay the 20% IVA (VAT) that you have to pay in Italy.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article San Marino on Wikivoyage.

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San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Vatican City and Monaco), and claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social ... (read more)

Interesting places:

  • Guaita Tower
  • Basilica of Saint Marino
  • Liberty Square
  • Palazzo Pubblico
  • Piazza Garibaldi
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San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Vatican City and Monaco), and claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social ... (read more)

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Points of Interest in San Marino

You can see two of the three towers (as seen on the flag of San Marino) by purchasing the "Red Card" for €4.50. The "Yellow Card", for €3, only allows you to see one of the towers. You cannot enter the third tower since there does not seem to be an entrance!

Simply walk around the city. The narrow streets are full of surprises. The walkways wind up and down the hillside in an interesting way, inviting exploration.

You can also see the San Marino lake in Faetano where fish can be caught.

Guaita Tower - San Marino

Stadio Olimpico - Dogana

Basilica of Saint Marino - San Marino

Palazzo Pubblico - San Marino

Liberty Square - San Marino

Piazza Garibaldi - San Marino

State Museum of San Marino - San Marino

Piazza del Titano - San Marino

University of the Republic of San Marino - San Marino

Monte Titano - San Marino

Cesta Tower - San Marino

Montale Tower - San Marino

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