The Most Serene Republic of San Marino is a must-see destination for lovers of history and for those who love picturesque panoramas. Surrounded by Italy on all sides, this high-GDP micro-state of only 35,000 residents is indeed an enclave of calm. The medieval architecture, the warm Mediterranean climate and the fantastic heritage are all a part of San Marino’s charm. San Marino boasts an impressive assortment of museums, art galleries, elegant jewelry shops, boutiques and shopping centers as well. Check out the Top 4 Things To Do In San Marino.
Chiesa di San Francesco
Chiesa di San Francesco is a church that belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro. It was built in 1361, making it the oldest church in this Republic.
Basilica di San Marino
The Basilica di San Marino was built in 1836 to replace the original one that was built on the same spot in the 7th century. The basilica has been built in a neoclassical architectural style, with a set of Corinthian columns upon the porch.
Piazza della Liberta and Palazzo Pubblico
Palazzo Pubblico is the heart of the San Marino political scene and of its history. The Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. It was built between the years of 1884 and 1894, in a neo-Gothic architectural style, overlooking the beautiful countryside and the Piazza del Liberta. Every day at 8:30 a.m and 6:30 p.m the changing of the guards takes place, which shouldn’t be missed by tourists.
Three Citadels (Guaita, Cesta, Montale)
At the historic center of San Marino is its tallest hill, Monte Titano, where three towers now stand. The Three Citadels were important fortresses which had defended San Marino from invasion from other countries and the existence of these citadels built in the Middle Ages is very impressive. La Guaita was built in the 11th century while La Cesta and La Montale were erected in the 13th century. Saint Marinus, from who the city takes its name, found refuge on Titano around 257AD and its present three towers appear on San Marino’s flag. Occupying a commanding position overlooking the city, La Guaita is the oldest and best known of the three towers. Source: urbanghostsmedia
Just So You Know:
- San Marino claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world.
- Italian and Romagnol (a dialect of Emiliano-Romagnolo) are the languages spoken in San Marino.
- San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world. It is the world’s fifth smallest country and the third smallest in Europe (after the Vatican and Monaco).
- The City of San Marino is the capital of San Marino, but Dogana is the country’s largest city.
- Despite the very modest size of the country, its residents earn in a year on 40% more than the residents of neighboring Italy.
- San Marino hosts many festivals many of them are during July: San Marino Ethnological Festival, Jazz Festival in Borgo Maggiore and the Adriatic Music
- Plan your trip even better by booking your accommodation in advance. Check out our 11 Best Hotels In San Marino.
Get Some Culture:
- Museum of Torture – Features devices created between the 16th and 20th centuries to inflict pain onto enemies
- Museum of Curiosities – With a unique collection of incredible facts, objects, news and personalities which are really strange.
- Museum of Emigrant – The history of emigration of the San Marino population is on display.
- Museo di Stato – The national museum of San Marino with large archaeological collections.