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San Marino is a tiny European microstate entirely surrounded by Italy. Less than 70 kilometres in size, it’s not the biggest nation, but it still has its attraction, welcoming over two million tourists every year.
San Marino is the world’s oldest republic and was born when a Christian stonemason, named Marinus, fled to Mount Titano to escape religious persecution. It was there he built a chapel and a monastery, forming the country’s biggest foundations.
It harks back to the days when European city states ruled the roost, with San Marino providing a similar example to Liechtenstein, Andorra and Monaco.
With no airports or railway stations, the only way to enter is by road or on foot. Famed for its stunning scenery, beautiful capital city, three lookout towers and a proud and storied history, San Marino is the small package that good things come in.
Time and Date in San Marino
Did you know?
The country’s capital, the City of San Marino, is located on top of the country’s highest point – Mount Titano. The Apennine peak stands at 739 metres above sea level.
Sammarinese postage stamps and San Marino-stamped Euros are not only sought-after collectors’ items, but also important sources of revenue for the country.
San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During both World Wars, San Marino remained neutral.
San Marino is not a member of the European Union, yet its currency is the Euro, which replaced Italian Lira in 2002.