San Marino

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San Marino

Republic of San Marino (map) also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, is the world’s oldest republic and Europe’s third smallest state. Its capital is the *City of San Marino and its largest settlement is *Dogana. Most cultural attractions are in the capital city.

The *Three Towers of San Marino (map) are located on the three peaks of Monte Titano (map) in the capital. They are depicted on both the flag of San Marino and its coat of arms. The historical centre of San Marino dates back to the thirteenth century and includes many Medieval architectural features such as fortification towers, bastions, gates and walls.

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Once you’re inside the walled city, it’s small enough to simply walk around. There are only a few streets on which cars are able to drive (and only if they are small cars). Be aware that the City of San Marino is quite vertical, making it potentially difficult for those with mobility issues to climb the switchback cobblestone streets. However, there are elevators scattered throughout town that allow easier movement up and down the city.

Outside of the capital, walking is not so easy. San Marino is the only country in the world with more vehicles than people, and it shows—sidewalks are inconsistent at best, especially when going between towns. However, there is a shaded stone path, Costa dell’Arnella, between the City of San Marino and Borgo Maggiore.

San Marino public transport comprises 8 local bus lines entirely within San Marino. There is a regular bus service between Rimini (map) and the city of San Marino.

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