2020 is a pretty dismal year. Looking at my trip I planned to head back to Israel is to be shelved for another year.
Instead, I looked to do something different to use some of my leave from work instead of spending the time indoors.
I’ve never been to Italy. Reason being is this, I’m a single chap, and I’ve been reserving a trip to there for the time when I have someone to bring along with me. Right now, I thought about making the goal of this trip seeing San Marino by leveraging a cheap flight to Italy.
With no one making much plans for holidays, I snagged this bargain deal. Yes, this is return including taxes.
Ryanair do these low prices as kind of loss-leaders. Its this cheap as there is no luggage, not even carryon.
Bringing a typical cabin bag with you as another cost. So I just brought backpack which has to fit under a seat for this kind of deal. Ryanair then try and upsell you ability to chose a specific seat, as otherwise if you are couple, family or group, you will be sat in randomly allocated seats, and it costs more to specifically choose where you want to me. Then of course there is, the meal, insurance, car hire, hotel, and other things which all of I declined.
Bologna is old, rustic and charming. Rimini is a bit closer, but there were no flights going from any of the London airports when I looked. Bologna is a straight line as far as as a train to Rimini which is good though.
If you know me, I’ve been fascinated by tiny countries, since my trip to Monaco in 2005, and after seeing my good friend Peter M in Malta, I made my mission to try and visit all of them.
San Marino was the last I wanted to do after doing Liechtenstein last year, Andorra the year before and Luxembourg before that.
My plan was to get a cheap flight to Italy, seeing as, 1. I’ve been working from home and don’t actually miss commuting to London at all, and wanted to try and budget a trip based on my typical 1 month cost of commuting into Farringdon. 2. I want to support hospitality and travel industry and feel very sorry for those folks who are in these industries have been hit the hardest.
Before I went, there was some specific parts of San Marino that seems intriguing.
It’s on a steep hill with winding roads that go around hairpin bends (sounds like Monaco or Luxembourg) It has castles (Monaco, Liechtenstein)
Its in Europe, uses the Euro but not in the EU (like Monaco and Andorra)
During World War II, when the Nazis occupied Italy, San Marino hid some of the Italian Jews.
It has a race track and like most of these tiny places, its a tax haven.