San Marino 9. Castles in the sky

As you go up and up this mountainous mini nation, you get glimpses of the castles at the top. In fact its a silhouetted in the clouds.

At the time of writing this, the UK is reaching the climax of the negotiating a deal with the EU and it all still go wrong. Meanwhile, Europe has some little nations which aren’t part of the blue and gold star bloc which seem quite happy without it.

So walking up here was tricky, as a lot of the time there is no pavement, you have to walk in the road, so had to regularly glance on my left. Traffic and tourism is pretty quiet, seeing as I visited between two lockdowns.

There are very few buses, and I didn’t see a single taxi. There is no train, oh wait – there was one once, but it was bombed by the British – by accident, during the WWII when they want to destroy a military target in Nazi occupied Italy. Sadly some people died.

This main highway goes right up to the centre capital of the country at the top.

Sunlight peeps over the rock at the top

Rays of sunshine over the rock

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