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San Marino Travel Guide - History’s last Italian city state

A little island surrounded by the lands of Italy, San Marino is one of Europe’s microstates, and boasts of many attractions and unique sights. Not many people know that this small country is the first constitutional republic on the continent. It was established at the beginning of the 4th century by Roman stonemason named Marinus, who is also the country’s namesake. San Marino is not a city state, it is made up of several towns, but its capital, also called San Marino, is its greatest tourist attraction. This quaint fortified city with its three towers overlooks the entire country. The city of San Marino, perched on a mountain and protected by its stone walls, is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Europe. This San Marino Travel Guide will give you some basic information that you’ll need when planning your holiday.

San Marino Travel Guide - Transport

It’s no surprise that San Marino doesn’t have its own airports, but if you travel by plane you can land in one of the nearby Italian cities such as Rimini. Other options include arriving at the international airports in popular Italian holiday destinations such as Florence and Venice, and travelling to San Marino by bus or train. There is regular bus service between Rimini and San Marino. If you choose to travel by train, Rimini is again as far as you can go. The best way to get to San Marino is by car. If you didn’t bring your own, you can rent a car in Rimini and continue your journey. San Marino’s infrastructure is well developed and it’s a real pleasure to drive on the San Marino Superhighway which connects the capital and Borgo Maggiore, Serravalle and Domagnano, and ends in the Italian town of Dogana. The capital itself has many narrow cobbled streets which are mostly pedestrian, so the best way to get around is on foot. Many off the map attractions can be discovered by walking the winding streets of the city, so this San Marino Travel Guide suggests that you explore the charming winding steets at your leisure.

San Marino Travel Guide - Accommodation

San Marino has several hotels that cater for tourist, but they are quite expensive. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, you should try the nearby city of Rimini. If you are interested in luxury accommodation, you will not be disappointed. Cesare Hotel is located in the hearth of San Marino in a beautiful historical building. If offers great facilities, a elegant restaurant and an excellent wine cellar. San Giuseppe Hotel is a modern establishment with over a hundred rooms. While the living conditions are irreproachable, the hotel’s main point of interest is the beautiful park surrounding it. A slightly more affordable alternative is Joli hotel, near the city walls, with an amazing view of the nearby Appennini Hills.

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