Back in 2008 I was living in Bologna, Italy in a 17th Century Villa – Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini. This was a very beautiful property with a large garden and forest. Early in the morning or at the sunset you could see from your windows hares and pheasants, who were coming to eat some grass or fruits. So, one day before going home for winter holidays some of my housemates wanted to go to somewhere. As we were talking about where to go, we decided to go to the station, early in the morning, and take the first departing train. At the beginning we were thinking about going to Milano, but we ended up on the train to Rimini and some hours later on the bust to San Marino 🙂
It was a day trip in a very nice company. The funniest and happiest of all was my friend from Brazil, who managed to spread her good mood to the rest of us and by the end of the day we all were going crazy 😀
What is nice in San Marino?
San Marino is a heaven country for visitors and businesses. All you buy here are TAX FREE! I was surprised of the common used Russian signs and announcements, especially in the luxurious shops and restaurants. We knew who were spending money here the most hehe
I think you understood, right? San Marino is a heaven for shopaholics! They do have sales periods and sometime you can even negotiate the price…but it depends on the situation and item you want to buy.
We started our journey walking and trying to see the most of this tiny country …but ended up doing shopping 🙂 We had a very good excuse, the weather wasn’t that good and when it was very cold or the view over the city was misty we visited a church, museum, café or shops.
The “border” of San Marino is a kind of round gate on which will be written “ Benvenuti nell’antica terra della Liberta” which is translated as “ Welcome to the ancient land of Liberty”.
Here are plenty of churches, museums and palazzi open for visit. I’ll mention just few of them: Castello della Guaita, Cesta Tower – the view from these 2 places is breathtaking and I only can imagine what a great experience would be to see a storm or even a rainbow from those places!, Museo Arti Antichi, Museo delle Cere, Monte Titano, Piazza della Liberta, Palazzo Publico, State Museum of San Marino, Basilica di San Marino, Church of San Francisco and more.
How to arrive in San Marino?
You can drive to San Marino, but you should keep in mind that there are few streets/roads that will be allowed for driving. But if you still want to do it, then you’ll be happy to know that most of the parking lots are free of charge. When choosing a place to park your car, keep in mind that there is a 1.5 km cable railway connecting the city of San Marino to Borgo Maggiore.
Bus 72 runs from Rimini to San Marino daily at regular intervals. A return ticket costs around €9. This bus can be found just outside the Rimini train station. An orientation point should serve the Burger King. We bought the tickets at the Tourist Information Centre. Because we arrived earlier than the next bus (about 30 minutes earlier) we got the best seats.
I have mentioned this in my post that me and my friends arrived to San Marino via Rimini. If you travel by train, this is you only option – to take a train to Rimini and from there a bus to San Marino.
Important: San Marino has open borders, but foreigners staying more than 20 days in San Marino must have a permit from the government.
Where to stay?
Being at only 24 km from Rimini, Riccione, Milano Maritima and Cesenatico you have plenty of choices. You can opt for a hotel on the beach or closer to San Marino.
For those traveling in Campers, I have some very good news! There are at least 5 areas equipped for holidays in campers. If you consider traveling in camper and want to know about the location of these areas, check this link.
Take notes: In May will be held an important event, especially for those who love vintage cars! The Mille Miglia race – the vintage cars will be passing through the old-city centre of the Republic of San Marino during the morning of Friday 16 May.
More information about this country, you can find on the following pages:
One more thing about this place: check the “Pink Night” or the “La notte rosa” (info in Italian only). This is one of the MUST experienced events in Italy.It will be held on 4th of July, but if you want to be able to find a cheap accommodation, you should book your hotel/hostel/B&B/apartment/camping from now!!! Take some pink clothes with you and join the crowds.
I’ll make another post about this…I have been there, lived it and it’s one of the brightest memories from Italy 😉
I hope that now you have more reasons to visit San Marino and not only 😉
Travel safe and wise!