Major Tourist Attractions: Monte Titano, Guaita, Palazzo Pubblico, De La Fratta, Montale
As the world's oldest republic and the third smallest state in Europe, San Marino is definitely unique. Founded back in the year 301, this little country is perched high in the Apennine Mountains on the border between Emilia Romagna and Marche, and as such is culturally and politically very similar to Italy. The Sammarinese use the Euro as currency and speak Italian. San Marino is just 24 square miles in area, with a population of 33,000 and is one of the richest countries per capita in the world.
Those facts alone make San Marino a worthy day trip from Italy. An afternoon or overnight is really all you will need to thoroughly explore the area. The country consists of several mountain villages and the larger cities of San Marino, Borgo Maggiore and Dogana. The walled town of San Marino serves as the capital and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the main site of tourism in the country.
San Marino is visited by millions of tourists each year. Italian visitors in particular flock to San Marino, not just for sightseeing, but for tax-free shopping.
Some of the many unique activities found only in San Marino include:
- Collect a few of the unique Sammarinese Euro coins, minted only in the country.
- Catch a fish in the San Marino Lake.
- Tour the towers that mark the walled city.
- Enjoy VAT-free shopping, 22% cheaper than in Italy.
- Visit the Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall.
- Take the public gondola to the top of Mount Titano.
- Get a Sammarinese stamp in your passport at the tourist center.
Address: American Embassy to the Holy See
Via delle Terme Deciane, 26
00153 - Rome, Italy
Phone: (39) 06.4674.3428