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An Independent Country

San Marino is a small but independent country in the eastern part of Italy.

According to the CIA Factbook, San Marino is about 61 square kilometers and has a population just under 29,000 people.

San Marino's Economy

Over 50% of San Marino's economy is derived from tourism. Yep, there's not much going on otherwise.

When I was there in 1977 or so, the big business was selling ornate and colorful visa stamps for your passport - no, visas are not required to enter San Marino (unless you needed one to enter Italy), but since most people never get to San Marino, the visa stamps are a little rare...


San Marino is really a sandstone ridge in the eastern part of central Italy. That is, much of the country sits above neighboring Italy, as if much of the country is a medieval castle.

The architecture of San Marino plays on this.

It also makes for some great weather - the time I visited, a thunderstorm rolling over the Italian countryside ran into San Marino at eye level - it was cool (and loud) being inside a thunderstorm(!)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint little place
  • Cons:not a lot to see
  • In a nutshell:Off the beaten path for most tourists
  • Last visit to San Marino: Apr 1977
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • huwhit's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2005 at 5:03 AM

    WOW!! It's been awhile since you were in the tiny republic!!!! It is such an amazing little place and really took me by surprise - I'm sure you'd love another visit!!


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