Meet the Republic of San Marino
If you’re in the vicinity of the region Marche or Emilia-Romagna in Italy, go visit the oldest republic in the world, the Republic of San Marino. It’s one of the smallest independent countries in Europe and the world. According to tradition, it has been founded by a mason named Marinus in 301.
The highest point of the country is the 749 metres (2,457 feet) high mountain Titano. Besides the capital San Marino, the republic has a few small towns around the mountain. The other cities are more industrial and not as attractive as the capital. The Republic of San Marino is not a member of the European Union, but still maintains an open frontier with Italy. The language and currency are both the same. You don’t need a visa to enter the country; if you want to have a souvenir stamp in your passport, go to the tourist info and pay up to get one.
The first visit
If you travel by plane, the closest airport is Rimini; you can also fly to Ancona or Bologna. San Marino doesn’t have a huge public transport system. Buses leave from Rimini daily to the capital of the Republic of San Marino. We recommend to go to the central station and take a bus from there; it’s right across the street. The buses are used by tourists, locals and workers alike. There are a few local buses that can get you to other cities in the Republic of San Marino, if you wish to visit them.
Food, drinks and people
The view and natural parks are things that will always stay in our hearts, also the narrow streets, the historic city centre and the bouldery hills of the city San Marino.