San Marino Italy
The Republic of San Marino is a completely independent state, surrounded by Italy. It has its own government and laws although it is only 61 square kilometers in size. It was founded in the 4th century B.C. and is the world’s oldest republic. Dripping with old world charm and a rich cultural heritage, this region is a popular sightseeing destination. With so much to see and do in and around San Marino, no Italy trip would be complete without spending some time exploring this little republic.
Built high on the rocky cliffs of Monte Titano, Guaita Fortress stands tall, it’s three towers looking out over the countryside. It offers spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and everything in between. Throughout San Marino, and visible from the mountain top, are many other smaller castles and fortresses and Monte Titano offers a view of all of them. The fortress at the top was constructed in the 11th Century and has been used as both a prison and a lookout point. Steep steps lead up to its top but it is well worth the climb.
Along the ridge of Monte Titano, are three castles and all of these are joined by a rocky, walking path. This path is known as the Witches Passage or the Passo delle Streghe.
Museums - San Marino may be small in size but it contains numerous museums that will be appealing to any history buffs who are visiting the area. Museums of all different subject matter can be found here and all are worth the minimal admission fee.
- Coin and Stamp Museum - Philatelists (or stamp collectors) from around the world visit this museum to visit its beautiful collection of stamps. San Marino is known for the beautiful stamps that it creates and all of them are preserved here, on display for all to admire. This museum is housed inside a church at Borgo Maggiore
- The House of Fabrica - This excellently preserved farmhouse in Montecchio is the home of the region’s agricultural museum. It has been fully restored and furnished to reflect what life would have been like for a farmer in the region during the mid-18th century. This museum offers a unique glimpse into life in the past
- San Francisco Art Gallery - Located within the walls of the 15th century San Francisco Convent, this art gallery displays works from some famous Italian painters. Pieces from artists such as Raphael, Gerolamo and Guercino can be admired here
- Ferrari Museum - Car enthusiasts, get ready to calm your engines! This exquisite car museum is the home to some of the finest cars created by Enzo Ferrari and owned by historical and famous figures. Marilyn Monroe’s Ferrari Spyder calls this museum home as does some of the Formula 1 champion cars. This museum provides an up close view of both the cars and the history surrounding them
- San Marino Wax Museum - Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of history’s most influential people? If so, then a visit to the San Marino wax museum will be right up your alley. This museum is full of life size, realistic, scale models of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, just to name a few
- San Marino Museum of Curiosities - If you are looking to explore the more curious side of life then a trip to this museum is guaranteed to amuse you. Filled with some of the world’s strangest inventions and objects, there is a new surprise around every corner!
- Museo di Stato - This national museum is home to ancient artifacts from both Italy and from around the globe. Artifacts, antiquities and pieces of artwork all telling an historical story can be viewed here in this impressive museum.
Although not big in size, San Marino is a wonderful place to add to your Italian trip itinerary and is filled with interesting sites to see and things to do. It is sure to impress, with its stunning views of the hills and valleys surrounding it. We are sure that your trip to San Marino will be one to remember for a lifetime.
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