"San Marino" San Marino by mccalpin
San Marino Travel Guide: 108 reviews and 443 photos
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.
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:Quaint little place
- Cons:not a lot to see
- In a nutshell:Off the beaten path for most tourists
San Marino is NOT on the Italian Trenitalia system. Instead, you have to go to a nearby city like Rimini, and take a... more travel advice
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