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Where is the City of San Marino?

The city of San Marino, Città di San Marino in Italian, is the capital of the Republic of San Marino, probably the oldest still existing republic in Italy. It sits on top of 739 metre Monte Titano, the tallest mountain in the region. It is home to 4,000 people and borders the communities of Acquaviva, Borgo Maggiore, Fiorentino and Chiesanuova as well as the Italian municipality of San Leo in the west. Legend has it that San Marino was founded in 301 by Saint Marinus, who allegedly had built a chapel and a church on Monte Titano. Today the city is a centre of tourism, trade and services with many shops and enterprises. About two million tourists visit the city of San Marino every year. Being a toll-free zone, the city is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

Sights in San Marino

The city of San Marino and Monte Titano became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The historic city centre is still surrounded by the medieval town wall dating from the 11th to the 14th century. You find the antique sights of San Marino within this wall:

  • Three Towers (Guaita, Cesta and Montale), located on Monte Titano, are the landmark of both the city and the Republic of San Marino.
  • Palazzo Pubblico was built from 1884 to 1894 and serves as town hall as well as official government building.
  • San Pietro Church dating from 1600 was constructed on the ruins of an antique building. It is said that the remains of Saint Marinus and his companion Leo di Montefeltro (Pope Leo IX) rest in the crypt.
  • San Francesco Church built in honour of Frances of Assisi in the second half of the 14th century. It also houses the Museum San Francesco, exhibiting ecclesiastical art since 1966. It is the oldest church in San Marino.
  • Basilica di San Marino is one of the main churches of San Marino-Montefeltro, it was built from 1826 to 1838. It accommodates the relics of Saint Marinus, valuable saint statues, as well as the old throne of Capitani Reggenti.
  • San Quirino Church of the 16the century.
  • Museum di Stato at Palazzo Pergami Belluzzi, displaying important archaeological discoveries of the region.
  • Theatre Titano from the mid-18th century at Piazza Sant Agata.
  • Piazza della Libertà in front of Palazzo Pubblico with charming restaurants.
  • Costa dell'Arnella: trail from San Marino to Borgo Maggiore and the Adriatic Sea boasting stunning views.

These are only a few of the many sights in San Marino. Relax at one of the charming bars or restaurants and enjoy life. If you are up to more activity, explore the region on a bike or a hike. A visit to the oldest republic in Italy is definitely worthwhile.

What’s the weather like in San Marino?

San Marino enjoys a subtropic climate; the summers are hot with temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 35 °C, while the winters are cold with temperatures from −2 °C to 10 °C. The best time to travel to San Marino is May to September, when the weather pleasant with hardly any rain.

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