There are many small independent nations in Europe. Most are in Italy. The Vatican City is the most visited but George loves San Marino. The world seems to let these small entities alone. They are independent sovereign states. San Marino is inside Italy but Italy has no control over it. There are no boarders or customs. You just drive in like any other city. Most tourists don’t even know they left the country Italy. It is officially known as The Republic of San Marino. It is only about 64 sq miles in size and has a population of about 32,000.
San Marino Castle
George gave a lecture here many years ago. The countryside was beautiful. It was very quiet except for the chirping of birds. There are good highways most of the way from Bologna. Then mountain roads up to San Marino. He remembers the food was good and the people were friendly. The people here are Italians and speak Italian. If you enjoy small mountain towns, this is an area not to be missed. The Adriatic sea is close by but the roads detour around the mountains. Enjoy!
George & Jo Anne
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San Marino is an independent country surrounded by Italy much like Vatican City. It is on Italy’s Eastern side near the Adriatic Sea. The people, food and wine here are fabulous. I spent 2 weeks here giving a seminar. The town is small but attractive. I was at a center outside the town but went into town as often as I could. There are no border crossings here. You don’t know you are leaving Italy and entering the country of San Marino.
Tourists and locals love this town. You can make a side trip to the sea and enjoy one of Italy’s many beaches. Beware of high tourists season during August. Tourist Destinations has an article on this town with many wonderful pictures. This is a romantic area as is most of Italy. Maybe that is why so many people want to go to Italy.
George & Jo Anne
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