Located within Italy’s Romagna region, almost overlooked by most travellers who explore Europe for the first time, is one of the smallest states on earth: The Republic of San Marino. Many people tend to skip this part through their Italy trips. But bear with us for a second and read why it’s 100% worth your time and your money to visit one of the world’s oldest republic.
San Marino offers a magnificent scenery
On top of Monte Titano the City of San Marino resides there since the 4th century. It’s being said that the microstate has the oldest constitution still in effect since the year of 1600. Travellers can visit the Three Towers of San Marino, the national symbol of the state with its towers Guaita, Cesta, and Montale who are also on the national flag. From there, people can take a magnificent look over the Romagna region as well as to the Adriatic Sea, overlooking the City of Rimini.
You can still get a passport stamp
Unlike most European microstates, who all no longer have border formalities with other countries, San Marino still offers a stamp for your passport. Simply head to the Tourist Office and you can get an official passport stamp for 5 EUR to document your trip to the mountainous republic. And there’s no need to worry: San Marino is a sovereign, independent nation, entitled to use any stamp for official reasons which includes selling stamps to tourists for their passports. Your travel document will still be valid, and on top of that, is truly an eye-catcher for any border official in any other country.
It’s just a day trip
Visiting a state for a day and yet exploring the most attractive parts of it is possible when you visit a state like San Marino. Located a few driving minutes from the beach resort of Rimini, San Marino is easily accessible via busses or by car for a day trip. San Marino does not have train stations or an airport. You either take the bus or a car. The bus ticket costs approx. 12 EUR (roadtrip) and tickets can be purchased at the tourist office in Rimini.
The country offers a rich history
Considered as the world’s oldest republic, San Marino truly offers an exciting history of religion, politics, and power. The country has a mixture of medieval, renaissance, and modern Italian history, starting from the Roman Empire to date. Founded by Saint Marinus, the country has maintained its independence and is one of the few remaining living examples of city-states that were typical for the era of Middle Ages up until the late 1800s in Germany and across Italy.
San Marino offers a unique shopping experience
As a low-tax country, some shops offer a free-tax shopping experience across the state for foreigners. That’s partly why the country has become a popular destination for Russian nationals. Even more worth to mention than that is the country is famous for its rich tradition of culture, arts, and stamps shops.