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"Getting to the Most Serene..." The car Tip by James63

The car, San Marino: 9 reviews and 14 photos

Getting to the Most Serene Republic of San Marino is not exactly easy and can be irritating. The best way is to fly into Bologna, Italy, rent a car and drive into the country from the toll highway, taking the exit at Rimini Sud. This is about a one hour trip. Alternatively, if you can catch one of the two daily flights from Rome into the Rimini airport, you can cut the driving time into the Republic by about half. Once you arrive in the capital, you will have to park in one of the city parking lots just outside the city walls and walk to your hotel. Lot #6 is open 24 hours, and if you leave early enough in the morning you can avoid being charged the rather hefty parking fee altogether. Otherwise, your hotel will provide you with a ticket at the end of your stay that you can present to the parking attendant for a significant discount. Of course, the other option during the tourist season is to stay in Rimini, Italy, and take one of the myriad tourist buses into the capital. However, this essentially limits your mobility to the capital, and requires that you leave at the end of the day. Taxis from Rimini into the Republic and back are possible, but not cheap.
Once in the Republic, foot power is about the only option for exploring the city. Fortunately, although the city streets twist and turn, with much uphill and downhill walking, the area to be explored is relatively small so you will not tire yourself. To see the other towns in the Republic you will need a car, and parking can be a problem. The one exception is the town of Borgo Maggiore, which can be reached by a cable car just beyond the parliament building in the capital, and then explored on foot.

Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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