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San Marino at a glance

An October 1992 trip to San Marino by Adelaide

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Quote: It's not a tourist destination. Many don't even know it exists. But San Marino, the world's oldest republic, is worth a visit if you are in the area.

San Marino at a glance

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Overview

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To have a feel of the Middle ages, you have to visit one of the watchtowers of the medieval walls, at the capital city, also named San Marino. I think one day was enough to go around and visit places calmly.

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I arrived at Borgo Maggiore from Rimini's train station by bus - it's just 24km (15mi) away, one of SM's nine cities. From there, a funicular takes us to the capital, on Mt. Titano overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Le Rocche

Attraction

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'Le Rocche' - fortified medieval walls - surround the main city and formed its defense. I visited only one of the three towers: 'Guaita', which dates back to the 11th century. It was built directly on the rock without foundations.

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Palazzo Pubblico

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The Palazzo Pubblico, or Government Palace, dates back from the 15th century, but was largely changed in the 19th century. There is a bronze statue of Saint Marinus perched in one corner. Stone blocks from Titano caves were used in its construction and the façade proudly shows the republic's coat of arms. The square in front of it is named Liberty and so is the statue, from the 19th century.

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Basilica

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The Basilica was built in the 19th century in neo-classic style, with a porch of Corinthian columns. The tower is much older, it was rebuilt at the year 600! Inside, an urn presumably contains the bones of San Marino.

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San Marino has a famous Philatelic Museum - unfortunately under renovation when I was there - and the country claims to have had the first official postal service in the world. For those interested in stamps, it must be worth visiting.

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San Marino is the oldest republic in the world and one of the smallest, with its 61 sq.km and a population of roughly 25000.

This Italian-speaking country was founded, according to tradition, in 301 AD by a stonecutter named Marinus, on Mount Titano, at 750m above the sea level. Marinus, born in present-day Croatia, leader of a group of Christians who tried to escape from religious persecution, is depicted in a small statue on a corner of the Government Palace. He is believed to be buried inside the Basilica.