San Marino is a small landlocked country located high on the Apennine range, sitting entirely within Italy. The city, known locally as Città, is 749 m (2,457 ft) above sea level.
The city dates from 301CE when a stonemason named Marinus from the island of Rab (now Croatia) founded a monastery on the ridge of Mount Titano.
It is said to be the oldest sovereign state with the earliest written governing documents. The mountainous location has helped the country survive as a republic throughout the centuries.
The three towers, Torri di San Marino, are a group of medieval defensive towers located on the three highest points of Monte Titano.
Two of the towers (Guaita and Cesta) can be entered by the public while the third (Montale) is closed to visitors.
There is more to the city than the towers and the views.
As tourism is one of the country’s main sources of revenue, the shops will lure you in to sample local items or purchase quality products.
A lower tax rate on so many products makes shopping very attractive.
Read about our visit the the world’s 5th smallest country here – The Republic of San Marino is the Perfect Romantic Getaway.