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.
1. Planning visit to my final tiny country – 2. Flying to Italy for the price of two pizzas – 3. Getting there from Bologna via Rimini – 4. City of Rimini – 5. Walking from Rimini to San Marino – 6. What sort of mini country is this – 7. Serraville, San Marino’s northern town – 8. San Marino’s only youth hotel – 9. Castles in the sky – 10. Safe up the top – 11. The tall centre of community of San Marino – 12. novelty shops, post office and passport stamps – 13. The government buildings and plaza – 14. Automobiles – 15. The three towers – 16. What I didn’t see & finishing up