The Republic of San Marino is the oldest state in Europe, surrounded on all sides by the territory of Italy. There is no airport in San Marino, and the railway connection with Italy was destroyed during the Second World War. You can get to San Marino by car, taxi or regular bus that runs between the capital of the state and Italian Rimini.
The highest point of San Marino is the famous Mount Titano, which is under the protection of UNESCO. Together with three medieval towers built on the peaks, the mountain is depicted on the coat of arms and flag of the state.
Thanks to its temperate climate and well-preserved medieval architecture, San Marino is highly acclaimed by tourists from all over the world. The main attractions are concentrated in the capital of the state of the same name. There are many museums here, the most interesting of which are the Museum of Curiosities, the Museum of Torture, and the Maranello Rosso Collection, which includes more than 250 cars.
What to see in San Marino?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
The highest point in San Marino is the limestone mountain Monte Titano, located 13 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. Three peaks of this mountain are crowned with towers, the first of which was built in the 11th century. These towers symbolize the freedom of San Marino, and since the 14th century they have been depicted on the coat of arms of the state.
Basilica of San Marino
The main church of the capital is the neoclassical Basilica of San Marino. Since the 4th century, there has been a church built in honor of the patron saint of the country, St. Marin. In 1838, a new church was erected on the site of the old building, under the central altar of which part of the relics of St. Marino is kept. In 1926, the building received the status of a minor basilica.
Piazza della Liberta
The city square of the capital of San Marino is called Liberty Square, which in Italian sounds like Piazza della Liberta. Here is the marble Statue of Liberty, depicted on a two-cent coin of the local coinage, and the Palazzo Pubblico, the main seat of government. From the observation deck Piazza della Liberta offers a magnificent view.
Church of San Francesco
Not far from the central gate of the capital of San Marino, on the territory of the Franciscan monastery, there is the Church of San Francesco, founded in 1361. Today you can visit the Museum of Church Art and the Art Gallery, where works by masters of the 13th-19th centuries are exhibited.
In the historical center of the capital, next to the gates, there is the Museum of Torture, most of whose frightening specimens date back to the 16th-17th centuries. The museum's collection consists of more than a hundred tools and devices, among which you can see the Spanish boot, chastity belt, the Iron Maiden and the Inquisitor's Chair.
One of the three famous towers of San Marino, the Montale tower, is depicted on one of the locally minted coins. Erected in 1320 on the lowest of the peaks of Monte Titano, the Montale tower has been restored many times in its history. Visiting Montale is currently restricted to tourists.
Museum of Curiosities
One of the more quirky museums in San Marino is the Museum of Curiosities. Exact copies of the most unusual people, objects or phenomena are exhibited here. The Museum of Curiosities consists of several themed rooms, where you can see both medieval mousetraps, of an original design, and the figure of the tallest man in the world.
The main seat of the government of San Marino, as well as the city hall of the capital, are located in the Palazzo Publico, located on Liberty Square. In the years 1884-1894, the Palazzo Publico was erected on the site of the old House of the Great Communes. Today, everyone can visit the famous building of the government residence to see its luxurious interior decoration.
Museum of Modern Weapons
One of the popular attractions of San Marino, located in the historic center of the city, is the Museum of Modern Weapons. It exhibits an impressive collection of various weapons used during the First and Second World Wars. Each exhibit is supplied with instructions for its production and use.
Tower of La Chesta
One of San Marino's three famous towers, La Chesta is first mentioned in historical documents from 1253. In the XIV century, the tower entered the defensive complex of the city, and in 1924 La Chesta was restored and opened to tourists. Since 1956, the tower has hosted an exhibition of exhibits from the Museum of Ancient Weapons.
State Museum of San Marino
At the end of the 19th century, the State Museum was opened in the capital of San Marino with donations from citizens. In 1982, the museum moved to Palazzo Pergani Bellucci and, after the restoration of the building, was reopened in 2001. More than 5,000 historical and artistic exhibits tell visitors the history of San Marino since 1865.
Adventure Park (San Marino Adventures)
An extensive recreational area, a snack bar, a picnic area and many exciting rope routes for children and adults - all this is the Adventure Park in San Marino. The safety of guests during the passage of routes in the trees, the Park provides with the help of climbing equipment, which is issued after a special briefing.
The first of the three famous towers of San Marino is called Guaita or Prima Torre. It was built in the 11th century and was mainly used as a defensive fortress. Today, the Guaita Tower is a popular tourist attraction, from the top of which offers beautiful views of the landscape surrounding the mountain.