SAN MARINO: A microstate with the most stunning panoramic view you ever wished for!
The third smallest country in Europe, San Marino holds a unique spot in the world – the oldest surviving republic in the world with one of the highest GDPs in the world, San Marino is a microstate with just 24 square miles to its size. Entirely enveloped by Italy, it sits snuggly on the Apennine Mountains with the entire city-state made up of very hilly terrain. Although very small in size, it is steeped in history, has some magnificent architecture, and is revered for its incredible green vistas making it worth a visit in your San Marino itinerary planner!
Things to do
San Marino is a great place to take a day off from touring Italy. It happens to be one of those beautiful places where life has its own pace – relaxed and un-hassled! You can spend the whole day walking the cobbled streets, drinking coffee in its cosy cafes, looking at the museums, the fortresses, the churches, and eating at great restaurants. Shopping in San Marino is an added advantage to the travel delights. It’s a haven for tax-free shopping and the old town centre is full of small shops selling beautiful souvenirs and local handicrafts.
Palazoo, San Marino, Europe by Giorgio Minguzzi
If there is one reason that entices travelers to visit San Marino over and over again, it would be its commendable view! Nestled 700 meters above sea level San Marino offers its visitors panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Spectacular views that makes for a truly mesmerizing experience.
Commendable View in San Marino, Europe by Misha Yurasov
Palazzo Pubblico, the Public Palace
In the main city of San Marino, visit the Palazzo Pubblico a neo-gothic building built around 1884 and 1894. Take a peep from the umpteen windows for a spectacular view of the valleys below. The local Guard of the Rock watches over the Public Palace. Dressed in flashy green jackets and red trousers the change of the guard ceremony is a delightful watch, be sure not to miss it. From the main square walk up to the San Marino Cathedral a beautiful example of Roman architecture.
Palazzo Pubblico, San Marino, Europe by Matteo Paciotti
For a small town, San Marino has a number of museums to its list. If you are interested in San Marino’s history and want to know more about the saint who gave this town its name then the State Museum is your first visit. If history bores you, then drop into the Curiosity Museum for some quirky and funny moments. If that doesn’t satiate your curiosity visit the Torture Museum to get an in-depth knowledge of over 100 instruments that were made to impose pain and suffering on the human body.
The focal point of any visit to San Marino is the three towers of Mount Titano! Built over the centuries for protecting the city from invaders, these gigantic, beautiful castles stand out beautifully against the backdrop of Mount Titano. Culminate the day’s journey with a visit to these fabulous towers that are the standing testimony of human skills and endeavour.
Three towers in San Marino, Europe by fdecomite
All in all, San Marino is a fabulous rejuvenating experience! Fill up your San Marino travel planner with the best it has to offer.