The most serene Republic of San Marino claims to be the world’s oldest surviving republic. Apparently formed in the early 4th Century by St Marinus fleeing the persecutions of Diocletian, it has remained independent ever since. Marinus started life in Croatia, before becoming a stonemason in Rimini. He fled to Monte Titano, forming a monastery and church before his death in 366.
It’s an easy day trip fromRimini by bus, and its rugged hilltop location can be viewed from miles around. The state is made up of the capital San Marino, a medieval citadel hugging the cliff top of Monte Titano, and a range of towns and villages. The total population is just over 33,000.
The scene in the main city is like a medieval fairytale – towers and turrets abound! And the views over the surrounding countryside are simply stunning.
Sadly we missed the changing of the guard which takes place daily in the 19th Century Palazzo Pubblico.
Have you been to San Marino – what was your favourite part?