San Marino

SAN MARINO

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43.9424° N
12.4578° E

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"A microstate in the middle of Italy, San Marino is only about 23 miles in area and the fifth smallest country on Earth."

One of a handful of microstates in Europe, this one is a short bus ride from Rimini, Italy. The city is high on a winding road on a mountain with a castle overlooking the Italian coast. At only 23 miles in length, it is a popular day trip. Don't forget to get your passport stamped at the info centre. San Marino has one of the oldest republics in the world.

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One of the first sights entering San Marino is the police officer directing traffic into Guaita, the city's old fortress.

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This friendly dog probably has no idea he lives in one of the oldest republics.

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Lots of little alleys to get lost in. The shops are rip off jewelry stores unfortunately.

We were blessed with crystal clear skies when we visited, the views were amazing and you can truly appreciate just how high this castle sits. I think if I ever return I'd love to shoot some photos as the sun sets. The last bus back is around 5:30 so no way to see the sunset unless you stay overnight.

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Great views of Italy's countryside from any vantage point.

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Statue of lady Liberty at the Piazza della Libertà

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Getting a San Marino stamp on the passport was a must.

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Final Thoughts

It would be worth staying overnight in San Marino. It wasn't terribly crowded with tourists but it would be interesting to see how quiet it gets at night and what the castle looks like all lit up.  It's a pretty small country however so probably more than a day you'd start to get bored.  Amazing views, it was like being in a fairytale.

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