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SAN MARINO


Location - Western Europe; Capital - San Marino; Population - 31,000; Currency - Euro

From Rimini in Italy it's a short coach ride to the principality of San Marino, the capital of which has a great location on the top of 755 metre Mount Titano - May 2010.

 

euroSan Marino uses the Euro.
It produces it's own Euro coins, which are on sale for higher than their value in the tourist shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino146A gorgeous view of the first tower, or Guaita Fortress, overlooking the Sammarinese town of Borgo Maggiore - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino153The lights can be seen all the way to Rimini on Italy's Adriatic coast - San Marino

 

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sanmarino149The second tower, or Cesta Fortress, rests on the top of Mount Titano - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino71The Basilica of Saint Marinus (or San Marino) - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sanmarino72The old town of San Marino

 

 

sanmarino77The first tower - Guaita Fortress - dates back to the 11th century - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino79Restoration of the Guaita Fortress revealed 19th century prisoners' graffiti on the walls - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino100Guaita Fortress and the Italian plains below - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino104Guaita Fortress, built on Mount Titano, San Marino

 

 

sanmarino98Guaita Fortress stands above the Sammarinense town of Borgo Maggiore. Further away is the Adriatic coast - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino141A rather angry-looking creature welcomes you to the vampire museum, San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino81Check out the second tower - Cesta Fortress - from the first tower - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino83Cesta Fortress dates to the 13th century - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino95Inside the Cesta Fortress, which is also home to the Museum of Hisorical Weapons - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino107The third tower, Montale Fortress, can just about be seen here from the second tower - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino110The third and final tower, Montale Fortress, operated as a warning tower - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino70There's loads of souvenir shops in San Marino and it gets busy in the day, but I enjoyed it, with its superb views of the plains below - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino156And at night the capital is eerily empty. Buses and the cable-car (funivia) closed at 20:00 so I walked down to my hostel in Borgo Maggiore. In the high season, July and August, transport goes on 'til much later so there should be more life at night - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino157Guards march the empty capital's streets - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino117A stunning view from one of the open-air restaurants near the first tower - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino118A square in San Marino's old town

 

 

sanmarino120More of the historic old town - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino121 Guards outside a government building - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino122Giardino del Liburni - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino126The quiet backstreets of San Marino

 

 

sanmarino127Negotiating the many slopes and steps of the old town - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino76The Public Palace above the plains - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino75The Sammarinese flag flies above the Public Palace - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino125The Public Palace from top to bottom - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino130The Piazza della Liberta is the square in front of the Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace) - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino131The Public Palace is where the government convenes, as it did on this particular day, which meant that it was closed to the public - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino134One of the Guardia di Rocca, or Fortress Guards, stands outside the Public Palace.
In the high season there's an hourly Changing of the Guard ceremony - San Marino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino139Watching the sunlight pierce the clouds from the Piazza della Liberta, San Marino

 

 

sanmarino142By early evening the coachloads of tourists had left, leaving a few stalwarts and locals in the old town - San Marino

 

 

sanmarino68Get these views standing next to the cable-car to Borgo Maggiore - San Marino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino65On the cable-car (funivia) to Borgo Maggiore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino69The roofs of Borgo Maggiore's old town

 

sanmarino57The three fortresses of San Marino (third tower on the left, first tower on the right) stand imposingly on Mount Titano, as seen from Borgo Maggiore

 

 

sanmarino63The old town of Borgo Maggiore, with cable-car leading to the capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino54The lights shine on Guaita Fortress - Borgo Maggiore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino48Montale and Cesta fortresses on a rainswept and misty evening - Borgo Maggiore

My YouTube video of the chiming fortress bells and Mount Titano

 

 

sanmarino52Montale Fortress, from the slopes of Mount Titano at Borgo Maggiore

 

 

sanmarino44'We are Sammarinese' - a poster at Borgo Maggiore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino37Just outside the Piazza Grande, Borgo Maggiore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino9An angel hovers outside a boutique in Serravalle

 

 

sanmarino3Steps lead up to Serravalle's clocktower

 

 

sanmarino4Write-ups indicate this is Serravalle castle but a local told me the castle has gone, and this is just a clocktower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino18There's good views of Mount Titano and San Marino's fortresses from Serravalle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino6The streets of Serravalle's old town

 

 

sanmarino15There's not a lot to see in Domagnano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino27 But on a clear day it has some of the best views of Mount Titano and the fortresses - Domagnano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino32Nature takes over - Domagnano

 

 

sanmarino35The Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Blessed Virgin Mary, on the outskirts of Valdragone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino34A statue in the Sanctuary grounds stands in front of Mount Titano - Valdragone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino160The main square in Faetano

 

 

sanmarino164The Casa del Castello, Faetano

 

 

sanmarino166Another rainy, misty day - Faetano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino165There's not many attractions outside the capital, but if you have time Borgo Maggiore and Serravalle are my picks - Faetano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanmarino1The now defunct San Marino Grand Prix wasn't held in San Marino but at nearby Imola, in Italy. If you take the train from Bologna to Rimini you'll pass Imola's train station.

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitsanmarino.com - San Marino tourist board

www.sanmarinosite.com

www.sanmarino2000.sm

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