When people say that good things come in small packages, they may well be talking about San Marino, the oldest sovereign state in the world that measures just 61 metres squared. The Republic of San Marino, or the Serene Republic of San Marino as it is poetically also known, is an independent state in the centre of Italy, nestled next to the Apennine Mountains with views as far as the Dalmatian Coast.
San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe after Vatican City and Monaco, but you will find everything from forests, fortress towers, and shopping malls, to medieval markets and Olympic stadiums in this quirky and unique part of the world.
Let’s have a look at the best places to visit in San Marino!
1. Rocca Guaita and Torre Cesta
Perhaps the best known of all of San Marino’s attractions, Rocca Guaita and Torre Cesta are two fortress towers situated on a ridge at the summit of Mount Titano. The towers are part of a set of three that feature on the official flag of San Marino, and visitors can visit and tour the towers, the earliest of which, Rocca Guaita, dates from the 13th century. The two towers are usually visited together and Torre Cesta has a traditional weaponry museum on site. From the top of the towers there are stunning views that stretch as far as the Dalmatian Coast, as well as over the nearby Apennines. On top of Mount Titano, and surrounding the towers, you will find food and drink stands, souvenir stalls, and tourist kiosks.