When you are looking for the perfect romantic getaway, San Marino should be at the top of your list. At 749m above sea level, it is the fairy-tale adventure of three towers in the sky.
With a small population of 33,000 and an area of 61msq, you won’t have the feeling of being overcrowded. Just take your time to stroll and enjoy the various buildings of the history of San Marino.
San Marino was our last night of our 10-country 10-night road trip from Northern Germany to Italy. What a perfect location to spend our final night of this incredible road trip.
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A Little History on San Marino
San Marino dates to 301CE when a stone mason named Marinus from the island of Rab (now Croatia) founded a monastery on the ridge of Mount Titano.
The mountainous location has helped San Marino survive as republic throughout the centuries. It is said to be the oldest sovereign state with the earliest written governing documents.
Be Prepared for a Winding and Steep Trip by Car or take the Ariel Tramway (Funicular)
With any mountainous hideaway, the journey is always steep, winding and narrow. With the handbrake in need of attention, our trip was a little scary as we pulled in so we could manoeuvre in the tight spaces.
But with any mountainous hideaway, the views are fantastic. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road as you wind your way up among stone houses, with views of the sea and mountains.
Living in a picturesque place like San Marino, there is no need for a gym.
How We Stayed for E11 (USD13) for a Night
Hotels.com is one of our favourite FREE apps for booking accommodation.
Hotels.com has a great incentive to offer you every 10th night free, with no black-out dates or restrictions. The value of the 10th night is based on the average price of the 10 nights already purchased and they have heavily discounted rooms available.
We found the perfect hotel – Hotel Cesare on the crest of the mountain – using our 10th-night discount.
A Romantic Setting with the Most Fabulous View Ever
There are always choices to be made when deciding where to eat – the menu, the price, the wine list, the ambience, the reviews.
But what about the view?
All we could think of was “Wow” how amazing is this view. The evening was so still with a beautiful star-lit sky. What better way to spend our last night of our 10-country, 10-night road trip from North Germany to Italy.
As tourism is one of the country’s main source of revenue, the shops will lure you into sample local items or purchase quality products. With a lower tax rate, the shopping is worthwhile on so many products.
You can learn more by clicking on the local tourism website – San Marino.
The Three Towers of San Marino
No visit here would be complete without a visit to the three towers, displayed on the flag and coat of arms of San Marino.
Whether you take a walk in the evening with the reflection of the lights, or an early morning walk, the views of the towers are spectacular.
The three towers are:
Guaita – 11th-century fortress
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Cesta – 13th century located on the highest point
Montale – 14th century and is privately owned
Here you will find the government of San Marino, complete with the changing of the guards during summer months. The guards in their bright green uniform are certainly an attraction.
Basilica di San Marino
Dedicated to its founder St Marinus, this church was completed in 1838 on the site of the first church in the 4th century.
When next planning your European Escapade, look at travelling away from the main sights in Italy to this beautiful Republic of San Marino. You will be in awe of the views and to look around this place of history.
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