The San Marino travel itinerary begins with arrival in this European microstate.
Once you get there the main question is what to see in San Marino.
I feel like San Marino is one of those cities where you can spend hours on end getting lost and still end up wanting more. The whole city feels like a mountainous labyrinth. Here are 15 must-see spots in San Marino that I decided to highlight, but don’t get fooled, there are many more spots in the city worth seeing!
Before we start you might want to know that San Marino was founded in 301. AD by the guy named Marin. Marin can from Croatia, from the island Rab to save himself from the persecution of Christians. He climbed the Mount Titano and buit a chapel. Well the rest is history!
I already wrote about complete travel guide for San Marino where I went into details about food, accommodation, arrival, weather and many more when it comes to San Marino travel itinerary.
You can read about it here: San Marino – Complete Travel Guide for San Marino in One Day
p.s. Did you know that San Marino is nicknamed “The city of three towers”?
To me it only seems fair to start this list with the first tower!
1. Guaita Tower – Prima Torre – La Rocca (The first tower):
The urban center of the city of San Marino is protected by three towers atop Monte Titano, the oldest of which, Guaita, was built in the 11th century. The tower was famed as impregnable, dissuading many potential conquerors of the city.
2. Cesta Tower – Seconda Torre (The second tower):
During the Crusades in the 13th century, the second tower, Cesta, was constructed on another peak of Monte Titano. Cesta Tower, stands as a testament to San Marino’s medieval heritage. Home to the Museum of Ancient Arms, this fortress reveals a trove of weaponry and history. Its vantage point offers visitors not only a glimpse into the past but also captivating views of the countryside.
3. Palazzo Pubblico:
Palazzo Pubblico, nestled in Piazza della Libertà, serves as San Marino’s town hall and cultural hub. Its neoclassical facade houses government institutions and museums. Inside, visitors discover a treasure trove of art, history, and political significance, delving into the nation’s governance and cultural evolution.
4. Basilica di San Marino:
Basilica di San Marino, nestled within the historic center, is the principal church of the republic. Its serene ambiance and elegant architecture beckon both pilgrims and history enthusiasts. Inside, ornate interiors and religious artifacts narrate tales of faith and devotion intertwined with the nation’s narrative.
5. Monte Titano:
Monte Titano, the highest peak in San Marino, offers a majestic natural backdrop. Beyond its stunning vistas, the mountain preserves the historic towers, providing visitors with a captivating blend of nature and ancient architecture.
6. Piazza della Libertà:
Piazza della Libertà, the heart of San Marino’s civic life, radiates charm with its elegant architecture, cafes, and vibrant atmosphere. This central square buzzes with activity, serving as a gathering point and offering a glimpse into daily life in the microstate.
7. Statua della Libertà (Statue of Liberty):
Statua della Libertà, a symbol of freedom and sovereignty, graces San Marino’s landscape. This replica of the Statue of Liberty honors the values of independence and democracy cherished by the microstate.
8. Teatro Titano (Theater):
Teatro Titano, nestled in the heart of the historic center, showcases cultural performances and artistic endeavors. Its intimate setting and diverse repertoire offer a glimpse into San Marino’s vibrant arts scene.
9. Porta San Francesco:
Porta San Francesco, an ancient gateway, welcomes visitors into the historic center. Its stone archway stands as a portal to San Marino’s past, inviting exploration and signaling entry to the timeless streets beyond.
10. Piazza Garibaldi:
Piazza Garibaldi, nestled amidst the historic streets, exudes a relaxed charm. This quaint square offers a tranquil retreat and a perfect spot for unwinding amidst the old-world ambiance.
11. Via Eugippo (Shopping Street):
Via Eugippo, the bustling shopping street, invites exploration of local crafts, artisanal goods, and vibrant shops. Lined with boutiques and cafes, it’s a lively hub for indulging in San Marino’s unique shopping experience.
12. Statue of St. Marinus:
The Statue of St. Marinus, dedicated to the republic’s founder, stands as a symbol of patriotism and heritage. This monumental statue honors the legacy of St. Marinus, the revered figure in San Marino’s history. The statue can be found in the Basilica of St. Marinus.
13. Passo delle Streghe:
My favourite spot! It is this passage that reminded me of middle age. Maybe that is why the translation from Italian gives the meaning of “Witches’ Pass”. The Witches’ Pass in San Marino is a scenic route known for its historical significance and beautiful views. The name “Witches’ Pass” might stem from local legends or folklore, although specific stories associated with this name might vary. Such names often have historical or mythological origins that add to the area’s allure.
14. Rocca della Guaita Walking Trail:
The Rocca della Guaita walking trail winds through scenic landscapes, providing an immersive journey into San Marino’s natural beauty. This trail not only offers stunning views but also connects visitors to the historic towers, creating an enriching exploration of both history and nature.
15. Terza Torre – Montale (The Third Tower):
The third and the last tower of San Marino, places on the very end of the promenade/walking path. It is a bit of lonely place since it is kinda hidden and off the main attractions. I found it amazing that it was not as crowded as others spots in San Marino. Montale, the smallest on the last peak of the hill, was built in the 14th century. Over time, through trade and agreements, the city-republic of San Marino expanded its territory to nine additional nearby castles, forming the present-day Republic of San Marino.
Choose a tour and tickets for perfect San Marino travel itinerary:
- San Marino: Audio Guide Historic Walking Tour
- San Marino: Historical Center Private Tour
- San Marino: Museum Pass 1 Ticket for 7 State Museums
- Trekking in San Marino “Rupe” and aperitif
- City of San Marino Scavenger Hunt & Sights Self-Guided Tour
- San Marino – Private Walking Tour
- San Marino Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game
- Tourist visit of the UNESCO Historic Center of San Marino
- 2 Hours Local Wine and Food Tasting in San Marino Center
Look for accomodation and transportation in San Marino:
- Bus and train options check here.
- Flight you can search here.
- Accommodation is available here.
- Rent-a-car you can find here.
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If you want a San Marino passport stamp, you can buy one there!