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Let’s visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna?

Between the regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche is the Serenissima Republic of San Marino: the oldest surviving republic in the world. Today we are going to discover the beautiful San Marino.

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Let’s visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna?

San Marino, in the Emilia Romagna region, offers its visitors the rare feeling of being in Italy and in a country outside Italy at the same time. The capital of the small state, the City of San Marino, is perfect for a weekend getaway or even a quick day trip. Stay with us and make the best of the boot country! Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia  you make the trip of your dreams! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.

1) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE CABLE CAR AND HISTORIC TRAIN

The most scenic, fastest and most adventurous way to get to San Marino is the cable car that departs from Borgo Maggiore. The ascent is 166 meters and, in less than 2 minutes, you can admire the panorama of more than 200 kilometers of the Adriatic coast. Another historic means of transport to visit is the Rimini – San Marino Electric Railway, opened on June 12, 1932. The railway line was a true engineering masterpiece when it opened and connected Rimini and San Marino in an hour, record time! Bombed during World War II, the train stopped working, but has been restored after 68 years of inactivity, and is visible at the entrance to the Montale Gallery. Also read: Let’s visit Emilia Romagna?

Useful information

  • Hours: January/February, from 7:50 am to 6:30 pm; March, from 7:50 am to 7:00 pm; April, from 7:50 am to 7:30 pm; May/June, from 7:50 am to 8:00 pm; from the 8th of July to the 8th of September, from 7:50 am to 1:00 am; from September 9 to September 30, from 7:50 am to 8:00 pm and from November/December, from 7:50 am to 6:30 pm. Service every 15 minutes.
  • Value: € 4.50
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2) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE PIAZZA DELLA LIBERTÀ AND THE PALAZZO PUBBLICO

If you’ve ever seen a San Marino postcard, you’ve probably seen Piazza della Libertà and Palazzo Pubblico, also known as the Government Palace. The square is not big, but it is very charming and has the Statue of Liberty in the center, a work by the artist Stefano Galletti. The statue is a symbol of independence that has always characterized the country and is beautiful. The Palazzo Pubblico was built by the architect Azzurri and opened in 1894: here is the center of San Marino’s political life and where the General Council and State Congress meetings take place.

Inside the building you can admire effigies of famous people and commemorative plaques. Already in the council chamber, you can watch the work of the General Council, as the sessions are open to the public. In summer, in Piazza della Libertà, a must see is the famous changing of the guard, which takes place every 30 minutes. Behind the palace is the Cava dei Balestrieri, from which the stones were extracted to build the building, as well as the Palio delle Balestre, which is held here every year to celebrate the founding of the Republic on 3 September.

Useful information

  • Opening hours: Every day, from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Price: for Palazzo Pubblica it is part of the state museums network, € 4.50; €3.50 for groups over 25 people, for children from 6 to 12 years old and for people over 65 years old. Free admission: people with disabilities and their companions, children under 6 years old. Tickets can be purchased there.

Important to know about Tickets

  • You can buy a ticket to gain access to two of the state’s five museums. This special ticket costs €6.50 and you can choose between: First Tower, Second Tower, Palazzo Pubblico, Museo San Francesco and Museo di Stato. If you want to see all the museums, buy the Multi-museum ticket, which costs €10.50 and is valid for the five museums in the state. The ticket is valid for 10 days from the first validation. PLEASE NOTE: All tickets include a €1.50 deposit, which will be refunded after returning the ticket at the box office.

3) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE DUOMO OF SAN MARINO

The Basilica of the Saint is the main church in the city and, of course, it was dedicated to San Marino, founder of the Republic. It was built by the Bolognese Antônio Serra and was opened to the public in 1838, 13 years after its construction began. The facade of the church is majestic, especially since its square in front is considered small. The interior of the basilica is incredible and divided into three naves with 16 Corinthian columns; the main altar is adorned with the statue of San Marino, while his relics are preserved below it. Be sure to visit the neighboring church, the Church of San Pietro, with the apse entirely carved out of the rock. In the two niches, still visible, it is said that San Marino and San Leo rested and that, therefore, even today the stones have healing powers today. Unfortunately, public access is not allowed, only with prior authorization.

Useful information

  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Sundays and holidays, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

4) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE THREE TOWERS AND THE DELLE STREGHE STEP

After going through all sorts of souvenir shops, you will reach the top of the castle. From here begins the “witches’ pass”, a spectacular path that connects the three main towers and offers impressive panoramic views. The three medieval towers represent the symbol of the city of San Marino. Made to fend off attacks by the Malatesta family of Rimini, the three towers are on the rocky outcrop of Monte Titano. The first tower is the Torre Rocca or Guaita and is the oldest tower in Italian territory and dates back to the 11th century. The second is the Torre Cesta or Fratta, which dates back to around 1400 (at the highest point of the mountain is the Museum of Ancient Weapons). The third tower is called Montale, and it is the smallest of the three, with a single opening that gives access to a deep prison called the “bottom of the tower”. However, today the prison can only be visited externally.

Useful information

  • Opening hours: every day from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • Important to know about Tickets: You can buy a ticket to gain access to two of the five museums in the state. This special ticket costs €6.50 and you can choose between: First Tower, Second Tower, Palazzo Pubblico, Museo San Francesco and Museo di Stato. If you want to see all the museums, buy the Multi-museum ticket, which costs €10.50 and is valid for the five museums in the state. The ticket is valid for 10 days from the first validation. PLEASE NOTE: All tickets include a €1.50 deposit, which will be refunded after returning the ticket at the box office.

5) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE SAN MARINO STATE MUSEUM

The State Museum is the most important and one of the most beautiful museums in San Marino. It is located in Piazza Titano, not far from other attractions. Founded in 1800, thanks to national and international donations, today it houses more than 5,000 historical and artistic pieces related to the history of this splendid country. The museum is divided into 4 main sectors:

  1. Archeology of San Marino (ground floor)
  2. Art in the Republic (first floor)
  3. Donation art (second floor)
  4. Archeology and donation numismatics (middle floor)

Not to be missed is the archaeological area with finds ranging from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages and the art gallery that displays paintings from the 14th to the 19th century. The Pinacoteca is also very rich in paintings from the 14th-19th centuries, including works by Guercino, C. Gennari, M. Ama, E. Sirani, P. Batoni. Worth the visit!

Useful information

  • Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Important to know about Tickets: You can buy a ticket to gain access to two of the five museums in the state. This special ticket costs €6.50 and you can choose between: First Tower, Second Tower, Palazzo Pubblico, Museo San Francesco and Museo di Stato. If you want to see all the museums, buy the Multi-museum ticket, which costs €10.50 and is valid for the five museums in the state. The ticket is valid for 10 days from the first validation. PLEASE NOTE: All tickets include a €1.50 deposit, which will be refunded after returning the ticket at the box office.

6) Are we going to visit San Marino in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE MUSEUM OF WAX AND CURIOSITY

A museum that is a little away from the main attractions, but worth a visit is the Museum of Wax and Curiosity. With wax statues of famous characters, the wax museum is very interesting. The Museum of Curiosity: presents interesting curiosities to visitors.

Museum of Curiosities

At the Curiosity Museum you will find a completely unusual collection of facts, characters, objects and news, because – here! – curiosity is the beginning of fun. I warn you that it’s a bit of a “huge” place, not very exciting from a cultural point of view, but seeing a 19th century flea trap can be fun, to say the least; as well as knowing the nose clock, the longest fingernails in the world, the shortest woman in the world, etc, etc, etc.

  • Where: Salita alla Rocca, 26
  • Opening hours: all year, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm with different opening hours in July, from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; in August, from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm; in September from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. It costs: € 7.50.

A little history of San Marino

According to tradition, San Marino was founded by the stonemason Marino, who came from Dalmatia in 257 AD. to escape the Christian persecutions of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On Monte Titano, he established a community that became a village, and finally, in the 13th century, it was declared an autonomous and independent state.

The small Republic of San Marino, on the border between Emilia Romagna and Marche, is not far from Rimini. It is the third smallest state in Europe and the fifth smallest on the planet, with its surface area of ​​only 61 square kilometers. It is also one of the least populous countries in the world, with 30,000 inhabitants.

Today San Marino, although its inhabitants speak Italian, is an independent state in all respects. It has its own television network – RTV San Marino -, its own football championship and its own football team that participates in the Italian Serie D championship. San Marino even has its own version of Euro, but don’t worry: euros accepted in the rest of the European community, have the same value and vice versa. San Marino is also very famous for its stamps, which are highly prized by collectors around the world.

Where to Eat in San Marino?

Ritrovo dei Lavoratori: with great options of dishes, including for vegetarians, it is very well located and has a very pleasant atmosphere. Where it is: Via Androne Dei Bastioni, 4 – San Marino. Opening hours: Thursday to Tuesday, from 11:15 am to 3:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.


How to get to San Marino?


1) How to get to San Marino? BY TRAIN

You arrive at Rimini train station, from here continue by bus. Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport. Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”.

2) How to get to San Marino? BY BUS

Connections from Rimini train station and Arch of Augustus (all year round) and Piazza Tripoli (in summer). The historic center of San Marino is connected to Rimini Station by the Rimini – San Marino international bus line, with a stop in front of the station on the right (50 meters from Burger King). The ticket costs 5 euros. The journey takes between 35 and 50 minutes due to stops, but San Marino is just 24 km from Rimini. You can find the timetable by clicking here!

3) How to get to San Marino? BY CAR

Via A14 Bologna – Ancona, exit Rimini Sud – Expressway R72i – head towards San Marino SS72 – approximately 22 km from the motorway exit. Also read TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLES OF ROUTES

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Conclusion

When we talk about San Marino we talk about history, beauty and elegance. It is a place that is undoubtedly worth a visit.

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