"The small state on the mighty Monte Titano" Top 5 Page for this destination San Marino by Airpunk

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This is what I saw...

I would like to begin with a warning: San Marino is more than crowded of Tourists and is anything but surely not an "off the beaten path" destination. Prices are high and something like authentic life is hard to find in the historical center. But if you are interested in more than collecting Euro coins, stamps or countries, just follow the masses of italian families and do a daytrip to San Marino.

The old town of San Marino has many beautiful buildings to see and. Some of them have small museums, however some of them may not be that interesting. Among the highlights are the three defense towers from where you have an incredible view on the surrounding area and the old governmental palace (Palazzo Pubblico) with its small square in front of it. By walking through the streets of the old town and visiting the one or other place, you will learn a lot about the history of the

...and this is what I learned

San Marino is the world's oldest Republic with a history dating back to the 4th century. Although small in size, it is not a city state, but a small state consisting of nine small towns. It became a Republic in medieval times and its size remains unchanged since the 16th century. San Marino was always object to attacks of surrounding kingdoms and had to fight for its independence. This is why there are still many defense structures around the old town of San Marino. After having not used the death penalty since 1468, San Marino became one of the first states to abolish it. Today, the state remains factually independent, although, it depends on Italy in the one or other way. San Marino has around 30 000 citizens, with many of them living in Italy. And it has one of the worst national football teams in the world :) The country has its own stamps, coins, license plates and an own police. But as there's almost no crime, policemen are mostly dealing with traffic issues.

The small, peaceful republic has many admirers. And perhaps, it won another after my visit in April 2006.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful place - beautiful buildings
  • Cons:Horribly crwoded, even off-season
  • In a nutshell:Monte Titano is among the places you have to see in your life!
  • Last visit to San Marino: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 14, 2007
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    The small park is named; giardino dei Liburni. Ciao!

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Hitler beer, hey??? Seems a marvellous place anyway!

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    I like the second tower on Monte Titano. The view from Rocca della Fratta is incredible. Good tip on the combination ticket.

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 7:22 AM

    We liked your San Marino pages, especially the beer warning. Draft beer sounds like a better choice. Or wine!

  • Jan 14, 2007 at 3:37 AM

    Excellent updates here Karl - interesting warning tip too - who would want something like that as a souvenir???

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