This is a collection of pictures from San Marino, a city state totally inside Italy. My pictures are the result of a visit in 2007.
If you look up my articles from San Marino, you will also find a video, a world heritage site, and a regular travelogue. Before you do, start with these pictures from San Marino.
San Marino is a nice little city-state in Italy, the last reminiscent of what Italy was like more than 150 years ago. The photos included in this little gallery are from the castle hill area.
Afterwards, find all photo galleries on Sandalsand.
Learn about the country on Wikipedia. Here is an excerpt:
San Marino is a small country in Southern Europe enclaved by Italy. Located on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains; San Marino covers a land area of just over 61 km2, and has a population of 33,562.
San Marino is a landlocked country but the northeastern end is within 10 kilometres of the Italian city of Rimini on the Adriatic Sea. The nearest airport is also in Italy. The country’s capital city, the City of San Marino, is located atop Mount Titan, while its largest settlement is Dogana within the largest municipality of Serravalle. San Marino’s official language is Italian.
The country derives its name from Saint Marinus, a stonemason from the then-Roman island of Rab in present-day Croatia. Born in AD 275, Marinus participated in the rebuilding of Rimini’s city walls after their destruction by Liburnian pirates. Marinus then went on to found an independently ruled monastic community on Mount Titan in AD 301; thus, San Marino lays claim to being the oldest extant sovereign state, as well as the oldest constitutional republic.
Uniquely, San Marino’s constitution dictates that its democratically elected legislature, the Grand and General Council, must elect two heads of state every six months. They are known as captains regent. The two heads of state serve concurrently and hold equal powers until their term expires after six months.
The country’s economy is mainly based on finance, industry, services and tourism. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in GDP per capita, with a figure comparable to the most developed European regions.