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San Marino (known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, Italian: Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino) on the Italian peninsula, is one of the world's smallest sovereign countries, and claims to be the world's oldest republic. The country bears the name of Saint Marinus, a Christian stonemason who is said to have founded the country in 301 AD.

Most cultural attractions are in the capital city, which is also named San Marino. At the top of a mountain, the City of San Marino is full of old buildings, restaurants, and stores catering to tourists, as well as several small museums, and has beautiful views of the nearby towns and surrounding countryside.

Understand

San Marino is the world's oldest republic and Europe's third smallest state. It is the sole survivor of the independent city states that used to make up the Italian peninsula before the unification of Italy. It lies 657m above sea level with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic coast, and is situated only 10km from Rimini. Legend has it that the founder of San Marino, a stonemason arrived from the island of Rab in Dalmatia, climbed Mount Titano to found a small community of Christians, persecuted for their faith by the Emperor Diocletian.

San Marino is made up of a few towns dotted around the mountain sides. The capital of San Marino, the City of San Marino (Città di San Marino), is situated high up on a mountain top. The capital is surrounded by a wall and three distinct towers overlook the rest of the country. The site "San Marino: Historic Centre and Mount Titano" has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

The towns surrounding the capital are more industrial and generally not as attractive as the main city. San Marino is 20 times bigger than Monaco and half the size of Liechtenstein.

San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbour.

Get in

Although San Marino is not officially part of the Schengen area, there are no border controls when travelling between Italy and San Marino, so it can for all practical purposes be considered part of the Schengen area. However, foreigners staying for more than 20 days in San Marino must have a permit from the government.

By plane

San Marino has no airports. The nearest major airport is the 1 Federico Fellini International Airport (IATA: RMI) at Rimini. There are other airports at Ancona, Bologna and Forlì.

By train

San Marino has no railway stations. The nearest major railway station is at Rimini.

By car

You should have no problems driving into San Marino. Border controls do not exist.

The City of San Marino has limited parking, so why not leave your car in nearby Borgo Maggiore and take the cable car up to the city? There is plenty of parking near the cable car station.

By bus

A bus runs from Rimini to San Marino daily at regular intervals, with stops along the way in Dogana, SerravalleDomagnano, and Borgo Maggiore. A return ticket costs around €9. This bus can be found just outside the Rimini train station. Note that if you show up just a few minutes before departure it may be full and you may be told to wait until the next bus, one hour later. It is perhaps then advisable to show up a little bit earlier to ensure enough seats remain on the bus. Tickets can be bought on the bus.

Get around

Once you're inside the walled city, it's small enough to simply walk around. There are only a few streets on which cars are able to drive (and only if they are small cars).

There is a 1.5km cable railway (funivia) connecting the city of San Marino to Borgo Maggiore. €2.80 for a one-way ticket, €4.50 round-trip.

Outside of the capital, walking is not so easy. San Marino is the only country in the world with more vehicles than people, and it shows—sidewalks are inconsistent at best, especially when going between towns. However, there is a shaded stone path, Costa dell'Arnella, between the City of San Marino and Borgo Maggiore. It starts at the western end of Contrada Omerelli and ends a short distance from the Borgo Maggiore cable car station. Because the City of San Marino is so high up, the path is quite steep.

The bus from Rimini is somewhat useful for travel between towns, and San Marino also has its own bus system.

Talk

The people in San Marino speak a very clear Italian.

English is learned at school in San Marino and Russian is spoken in many shops due to the many Russian tourists.

The Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino (AIS) (English: International Academy of Sciences San Marino) has its conferences in San Marino and actually uses the Esperanto language.

See

San Marino’s main attractions are the three towers, which feature on the national flag. Only the Guaita Tower and the Cesta Tower are open to visitors, and they are small castles at the top of Mount Titano and offering excellent views over San Marino and Italy as well as the Adriatic Sea.

Cesta is the larger of the two and has a small museum of armour and weapons. You can purchase the “Yellow Card” for €3 which lets you enter one castle, or the “Red Card” which lets you enter both and is €4.50. Between the two towers is a path which follows the city walls along the side of a cliff. There are good photo opportunities of the towers. Other attractions include:

  • 1 Piazza del Liberta. This small square offers expansive views and is flanked on both sides by two government buildings, including the Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall.
  • 2 State Museum (Museo di Stato), Piazzetta del Titano, 1, Città di San Marino, ? +378 0549883835, e-mail: museodistato@omniway.sm. Summer 8AM–8PM, winter 9AM–5PM. Museum of art, architecture, and archaeology. €3.
  • 3 St. Francis' Museum (Museo San Francesco), Via Basilicius, Città di San Marino, ? +378 0549885132. Summer 8AM–8PM, winter 9AM–5PM. Art collection located in a centuries-old cloister. €3.
  • 4 Torture Museum (Museo della Tortura), Contrada San Francesco n° 2, ? +378 0549991215. 10AM–8PM daily during the summer; reduced hours in the winter. Small, kitschy museum catering to tourists
  • 5 Wax Museum (Museo delle Cere), via Lapicidi Marini, 17 - 47890 San Marino, ? +378 0549992940, e-mail: info@museodellecerersm.com. Oct–Mar 9AM–12:30PM and 2–5:30PM, Apr–Jun and Sep 9AM–6:30PM, Jul–Aug 9AM–8PM.

Otherwise, simply walk around! The narrow cobbled streets are full of surprises and you can go up and down the city to explore. There are virtually no cars and the streets have a very medieval feel. You can climb the city walls and walk along it at places. Some sights you may see include Basilica di San Marino, a Roman styled church.

Outside of the capital, nearby Borgo Maggiore has a historic centre. You can also see the San Marino lake in Faetano where fish can be caught.

Do

Get your passports stamped at the tourist information centre. This is an excellent souvenir as they stick a visa tax stamp and then an official ink stamp over the top, €5.

  • 1 Tourist Office, Contrada Omagnano, 20,.

The Parco naturale del Monte Titano has several hiking trails. To find them, go to the Cesta tower and walk through the gateway to the right of the museum entrance.

Biking is also popular.

  • 2 San Marino Adventures, Parco di Montecerreto, ? +39 3357344140. 10AM-7:30PM, days vary by season. Activities including suspended trails, rock climbing, and ziplines.

Buy

Money

San Marino uses the euro. It is one of several European countries that uses this common currency. All euro banknotes and coins are legal tender within all the countries.

One euro is divided into 100 cents.

The official symbol for the euro is €, and its ISO code is EUR. There is no official symbol for the cent.

  • Banknotes: Euro banknotes have the same design in all the countries.
  • Normal coins: All eurozone countries have coins issued with a distinctive national design on one side, and a standard common design on the other side. Coins can be used in any eurozone country, regardless of the design used (e.g. a one-euro coin from Finland can be used in Portugal).
  • Commemorative two euro coins: These differ from normal two euro coins only in their "national" side and circulate freely as legal tender. Each country may produce a certain amount of them as part of their normal coin production and sometimes "Europe-wide" two euro coins are produced to commemorate special events (e.g. the anniversary of important treaties).
  • Other commemorative coins: Commemorative coins of other amounts (e.g. ten euros or more) are much rarer, and have entirely special designs and often contain non-negligible amounts of gold, silver or platinum. While they are technically legal tender at face value, their material or collector value is usually much higher and, as such, you will most likely not find them in actual circulation.

Like other states which have the Euro as their currency, San Marino has its own patterns on the back of the Euro coins. You can try to obtain these coins by simply going around buying things and collecting the coins that way, but a quicker solution is to buy the set in a souvenir shop. Pay attention, because some of these sets lack the €1 and €2 coins.

Souvenir and clothing shops are everywhere in the City of San Marino. A lot of the souvenir shops sell weapons, from swords to B-B guns.

Prices for items such as disposable cameras and batteries are cheaper in San Marino than they are in Italy. This is partly because in San Marino you don't have to pay the 20% IVA (VAT) that you have to pay in Italy.

Eat

Obviously Italian dishes, like pasta, pizza, gelato (Italian ice-cream), and whatever you eat in Italy. Restaurants are easy to find, and some offer tables with great views.

Supermarkets in San Marino are few and far-between, although the following can help in this area:

  • Conad, Azzurro Shopping Center, V M Moretti 23, Serravalle.
  • Sma Supermercati. Via del Passetto 113, Fiorentino
  • Ristorante Terrazza Titano. Contrada del Collegio 31
  • La Fratta, Via Salita alla Rocca, 14 (Next to the parking lot n.6).

Drink

  • The local beer is very tasty.
  • Spirits are also very commonly found, especially Limoncello, a lemon liquor.
  • Try the locally produced wine.
  • The coffee, like in its Italian neighbour, is superb.

Sleep

Although San Marino has a few hotels, the seaside resort of Rimini has a lot more and is probably a cheaper option.

Budget

  • 1 Hostel San Marino, Via 28 Luglio, 224, Borgo Maggiore (When entering Borgo Maggiore on the main highway, the hostel is a yellow building on your left. If arriving on the bus from Rimini, ask the driver to let you off at the Tavolucci stop.), ? +39 0549 922515, e-mail: info@hostel-sanmarino.com. Located in Borgo Maggiore, very close to a grocery store, a restaurant, and a bus stop. A short €1.50 bus ride from the city. €20-25 for a bunk, €65-110 for a private room.

Mid-range

  • 2 Grand Hotel San Marino, Viale Antonio Onofri, 31, ? +378 0549 992400, e-mail: info@grandhotel.sm. The Grand Hotel San Marino rises on the peak of Monte Titano, close to the Rocche and the Old Town Center.
  • 3 Hotel Titano, Contrada del Collegio, 31, ? +378 0549 991007. Located right in the centre of the town. The rooms are small but comfortably furnished and it is connected to a very nice restaurant. The downside is that unless you are an early riser, the nearby church bells will ring every 15 minutes to remind you of the time starting from early in the morning.

Learn

  • Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino (AIS) (International Academy of Sciences San Marino). Science institute that uses the Esperanto language. Primarily online, but meets occasionally in San Marino.
  • Università degli Studi di San Marino (University of the Republic of San Marino).

Stay safe

San Marino is a safe country. Like in any other place that attracts many tourists, you should watch out for pickpockets.

Stay healthy

This is a very healthy place. If you become ill, procedures are the same as the European Union, although serious conditions will likely see you transferred to Rimini.

Respect

San Marino is a proud country and it should be viewed in this respect. Be respectful when having photos taken with the guards, a smile will do, hand gestures/funny faces are not received well.

It would be considered offensive to call them "Italians" - not that they don't like Italians, but they are just proud of their independence.

Connect

Free wifi is available in parts of the city.

Cope

Diplomatic missions

  • Holy See (The) (Vatican Apostolic Nunciature in San Marino), P.le Domus Plebis, ? +378 0549 992448.
  • Italy, Avenue A. Onofri 117, ? +378 0549 991271.
  • Portugal, Battisti St, nº 3.
  • Romania, Via Valle di Marco 4, phone: +378 0549 995400, Fax: +378 0549 995 576 email: adolfo.morganti@libero.it Honorary Consulate General of Romania in San Marino
  • Other countries may not have embassies or consulates in San Marino, but in Rome to represent both Italy and San Marino. Look at the Embassies section of the Rome guide if you can't see your country listed above, as you may wish to contact your embassy there.

Go next

Italy is the way in, Italy is the way out. You can further explore the Montefeltro region in the south, or visit the sunny coast of Rimini in the north.


Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

The crime rate is low. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Public transportation

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Emergency services

Dial 113 for emergency services and 118 for medical emergency or an ambulance.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in Southern Europe, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Southern Europe, certain insects carry and spread diseases like Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in Southern Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

A serious violation of the law may lead to a jail sentence. The sentence will be served in local prisons.

An International Driving Permit is recommended.

Money

The currency is the euro (EUR). All major credit cards are accepted. Traveller’s cheques, preferably in U.S. dollars, are also widely accepted.

When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.

Climate

This destination is not prone to natural disasters.

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