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Welcome to San Marino

San Marino

Completely landlocked by Italy and located in the Apennine Mountains, it's not surprising most people don't know where the Most Serene Republic of San Marino is. The third smallest state in Europe, after the Vatican City and Monaco, San Marino is the world's oldest republic, having been founded in 301 by a Christian stonemason fleeing religious persecution.

San Marino boasts a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, sunny summers, providing the perfect environment to explore all this magical country has to offer. With three distinct towers overlooking the country from the three peaks of Monte Titano in the capital, San Marino's history and culture is evident in its sights and simply walking around the city's narrow streets will award visitors with some unique discoveries.

The San Marino Historical Centre and Mount Titano was named a UNESCO World heritage Site and is worth a visit, and the city holds other attractions, including the Gothic Palazzo Publico and colorful fortress guards at Piazza della Liberta, the sacred art at the St Francis Musem and compelling stories of the Museum of Emigration, and the Basilica di San Marino. Nearby villages such as Serraville and Valdragone make pleasant day trips as well.

San Marino is a safe country with very little crime, but visitors should, as in any country, be aware of petty theft and pickpockets, and although there are no major health risks associated with travelling to San Marino, travellers should have comprehensive medical insurance. San Marino has no airport of its own, but travellers can fly into Rimini, just six miles (10km) away.

Sample some of the country's Limoncello and wines, or relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of La Torta Di Tre Monti(Cake of the Three Mountains/Towers) and watch the world go by in this beautiful, verdant mountain country.

Information & Facts


Although many local customs and standards of etiquette in San Marino are similar to Italy, it is considered rude to refer to locals as 'Italians', as San Marino residents are very proud of their independence.

Duty Free

Customs regulations for San Marino are the same as Italy's. Travellers over 17 years from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on Travellers from EU countries travelling within the EU are limited to 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine (of which 60 litres may be sparkling), 20 litres of fortified wine, 10 litres of spirits, 1kg of tobacco, 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, 1kg of tobacco and 400 cigarellos, perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette, and other goods for personal consumption to the value of EUR175 per adult or EUR90 for children under 15 years. EU citizens are also able to claim tax back if the VAT rates in Italy are higher than those in their country of residence. Prohibited items include narcotic drugs, medicinal products, arms and weapons, explosives and protected animal and plant species.

Getting Around

Getting around in San Marino is easy once you're inside the walls. The city is small enough to walk around in, and is constructed with pedestrians in mind. It isn't worth trying to rent a car in San Marino, as there are only a few streets that allow cars, and even then they must be very small.

Passport Visa

Visa requirements for San Marino are the same as those that apply for Italy. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.


San Marino is considered a very safe city with low crime rates, although visitors should keep a close eye on their valuables as pickpockets are common in crowded areas.

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