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Introduction

San Marino (Italy)

San Marino (Italy)

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San Marino is the capital of the small country with the same name, located in the central northern part of Italy and totally surrounded by it. The city has a total population of about 4500 inhabitants and is located in the west, on the western slopes of San Marino's highest point, Monte Titano. Although it is the administrative hart of the country, it is actually only the third largest town in the country, after Dogana and Borgo Maggiore. Historically though this is the hart of the country, as it fas the only town in the country for a while and has been inhabited since the year 301 AD. Nowadays, millions of people, mostly Italian, visit the town and surrounding sights and villages and facilities are good, with many hotels, restaurants, shops and good infrastructure.

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Sights and Activities

Three Towers of San Marino

Built on the three peaks of Monte Titano, which is the tallest mountain in the republic and directly east of the city, the Three Towers of San Marino are stunning hanging off the tops of these peaks. The towers were originally built as look out towers in order to protect the republic. Guaita is the oldest tower on the three peaks and overlooks the city. This tower was originally built in the 11th century and was briefly a prison at one time. Cresta is the highest of the three towers and museum to honour Saint Marinus is located in the tower. This tower was constructed in the 13th century. Montale is the smallest of the three towers and was constructed in the 14th century. Montale is not currently open to the public.

Palazzo Pubblico

The Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace) is the city hall for the city. This fortress like building is the site of all public ceremonies and seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies. After hundreds of years of abuse the building under went a massive restoration process recently.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Palazzo dei Capitani
  • Plaza del Titán
  • Plaza de Garibaldi
  • Monastery of Santa Clara

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Weather

Weather is usually warm and dry, especially during the summer time when temperatures usually hoover around 30 °C during the day. In winter, freezing temperatures are not uncommon, but still winters are relatively mild and most rain falls in this period.

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Getting There

By Plane

There is no airport in San Marino. The nearest airport is Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI) in Rimini, Italy, located 16 km away. Bus services connect the airport to San Marino. Air Berlin has flights from Amsterdam and Berlin. Ryanair has connections to East Midlands, London and Stockholm.

There is also an international heliport located in Borgo Maggiore.

By Bus

Buses connect San Marino City with Rimini on the Adriatic coastline of Italy.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel Joliviale Federico D'Urbino 36 bHotel87
Hotel VintageVia del Serrone 124Hotel-

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