San Marino is a picturesque destination a couple hours south of Venice, and a great addition to any Italy itinerary. Read below for our advice on what to do in San Marino!
Entirely surrounded by the country of Italy, San Marino is not a town, but is a separate country. It happens to be the oldest sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, having started out in the year 301.
When you visit San Marino, it’s not that obvious you’re entering another country. You won’t need to show your passport; the currency is the Euro, just like in the rest of Italy; and people speak Italian (though there is a Sammarinese dialect).
But look a little more closely.
You don’t need a lot of time to see the main town of San Marino: a day is plenty, but consider staying overnight. San Marino can be overrun with tourists, including Italian school groups (I first visited the country on a 5-day class trip when I was in high school, or Liceo Classico, in Milan). We love the centrally located 3-star Hotel La Grotta.
If you have a rental car, park at the bottom and take the lift up to the historic center.
If you are arriving by train, take the train to the nearby town of Rimini, and then get a taxi from there.
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