San Marino

San Marino

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  • Day7

    12th September
    The day starts with a severe thunderstorm which continues through breakfast, the weather is so bad we sit in the lounge and read for a while. Around noon small patches of blue sky start to appear and we venture out dressed for wet weather. We turn left out of the hotel and head north, there are a lot of hair-pin bends to negotiate and the roads are flooded with rainwater pouring from the mountainside. Yesterday the traffic around Garda was horrendous but so far it is not too busy in Torri del Benaco and we manage to find a parking space. Lake Garda is so Beautiful but the dramatic weather continues here with gale force winds making it difficult to walk but the sun is shining and there are lots of people walking around. We sit outside and drink coffee while the waiters struggle to keep the tablecloths anchored down and the menus on the table. There is a lot of spray coming off the lake and all the little boats are bobbing up and down. After a while we move on towards the village of Garda but once again we are soon in a long queue of cars, hardly moving and just like yesterday there is nowhere to park. We continue along the road and stop at a shopping area where we buy some water and wine. It is really hot now that we have left the lakeside and we sit outside with an ice cream before setting off again.
    The hotel "Bellavista" is lovely, the staff are exceptionally friendly and welcoming, they go out of their way to be helpful. Our room is clean and quite large and from the balcony we can see the lake, there is a lounge downstairs with a bar and lots of tables and chairs outside. We are going to eat in the restaurant again tonight as we had an excellent meal last night, starting with a glass of Prosecco, salad, pasta, main course and pudding for 16€.
    The village San Zeno di Montagna is very picturesque and we have walked the length of it a few times, there are restaurants and a few shops and places to sit outside with coffee or ice cream. The only problem is we're high up above the lake and it's a 15 minute drive down, it's not very far but the road winds round several hair-pin bends. This is our second visit to Lake Garda and we now realise the best place to stay is somewhere within walking distance of the lake which means you can leave the car at the hotel and if necessary take public transport. Parking is nearly impossible around Lake Garda with slow moving traffic queues and this is the middle of September.
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  • Day8

    13th September
    We leave Hotel Bellavista, heading south to San Marino and the sun is shining! San Marino is a state enclosed by north-central Italy, it's famous for its medieval walled old town and it is one of the richest countries in the world with low unemployment and a highly stable economy. The capital city is also called San Marino, Mount Titano part of the Appenine range dominates the landscape and three towers sit on the mountain slopes; Montale, Guaita & De la Fratta. We drive through Rimini into San Marino and after dropping our bags at Hotel Rossi we set out to explore the area. It is absolutely fascinating, we leave the car and take a lift up the mountainside where there are cobbled streets and old buildings with fantastic views from the top.
    We decide to eat in the hotel restaurant tonight and what a lively experience it turns out to be, for a Wednesday night it is extremely busy with people coming and going continuously & everyone knows everyone else. (Except us)! We eat lasagne and a fairly decent bottle of house red. There is a long table set for a group of people with several homemade banners " senza del dima" translates as "without smoke", we don't know what that means there is also a buffet set out for a crowd. We hear a lot of noise around midnight but we soon get off to sleep again.
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  • Day4

    Efter att ha tagit oss ut ur staden körde vi motorväg norrut, rundade Bologna och sedan sydost ut. Vid va 15 kom vi fram till San Marino, ett eget litet rike i Italien. Vi körde till linbanan som gick upp till det stora berg som utmärker staden och landet, och åkte upp där.
    Tyvärr var det en hel del moln och rejält blåsigt men det blev ändå en häftig upplevelse. Först åt vi lite, fixade stämpel i passet och sen tittade vi runt. Vi såg två av de tre kända tornen/befästningarna längs bergsryggen och gick runt i staden. Riktigt trolsk miljö, och molnen förstärkte verkligen känslan.Read more

  • Day203

    Upon entering the small country of San Marino (the 13th country of our tour!) we encountered the first hills we'd driven in quite a while. San Marino sits on the northeastern side of the Apennines. As we climbed up its hairpin bends we could see the 'Rocce', battlemented castles perched along a high rocky ridge.

    We stopped at a large gravel layby that had camper services at the far end, including electricity at a decent price. However, at the bottom end the far reaching view over the tree tops to the valley and smaller hills below was more tempting than the electricity, so we chose this spot instead.

    There was some evidence of snow when we arrived but the layby was clear of it. We enjoyed watching the jays, blackbirds and finches in the trees below and even saw a black squirrel scampering about with something in its mouth. After a while it began to hail and soon after began to snow. The view closed in and the snow began to lay. It was magical to watch the world turn white and we could hardly drag Poppy back in because she was reveling in the experience of eating the snow!

    Instead of getting quieter as the white carpet thickened, the road behind us was animated with the roaring engines of cars racing! Some locals were using it as a thrills circuit, speeding along the straight sections and skidding round the corners. The Sanmarinese snow ploughs were also out in force and worked all night so that by morning, when 7cm had fallen, the road itself was clear. They even ploughed the worst of the snow from our layby making it a lot easier to get out, though we still skidded considerably.

    We'd planned to visit the funicular railway and take a trip up to the old town, possibly walking along the ridge. On the way we passed bin lorries carrying on with collections, huge snow chains wrapped around their tyres. Civic amenity employees were getting stuck in clearing the pavements with shovels and brooms. When we got to the turning off the main road that led to the railway, it was on a steep slope that hadn't been cleared, so we decided to put safety first and give it a miss.

    To watch a video taken at our stopover visit our You Tube channel here: https://youtu.be/l2bywyT4a-k
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  • Day1

    In smo dočakali ta dopust. Vstajanje ob treh in na pot, dolgih 600 km je za nami. Pri Bologni smo padli v kolono in po cca 25 km voznje malo ja, malo stojimo...smo prišli v mestece Cesenatico, 20 km pred Riminijem. Simpatično mesto, kjer smo se ohladili s pivom in sladoledom, potem pa v Rimini. Hotel Stradiot sicer ni presežek, klima ne dela, wifi samo pri recepciji...za dvi dni bo. Po prvem kopanju v bazenu pri hotelu smo si vzeli 2 uri lepotnega spanca in potem peš do centra Riminija. Ja, tukaj je res preko 11 km peščenih plaž, center mesta pa ni nič posebnega. Mala večerjica, nazaj v hotel, še večerno poležavanje na plaži in prvi dan je mimo. Rimini je sicer oživel ravno po 21 uri, bomo jutri morda malo več žurali, danes si polnimo baterije za dneve pred nami.Read more

  • Day67

    Abends gegen 20.30 in San Marino angekommen. Machte ich mich ans Essen.
    Ich habe Gnocchi mit Garnelen und Fenchel gekocht was wir zuvor in Manerba auf dem Markt gekauft hatten. Ich habe vergessen wir ätzend es ist Garnelen zu pulen und zu entdarmen, aber so schmeckt es hinterher noch viel besser. Gekocht und gegessen haben wir im beginnenden Regen. Die wurde noch sehr stark und hielt die ganze Nacht. Wir parken fast am Gipfel des Berges aus dem San Marino besteht und wir freuten uns auf die herrliche Aussicht am Morgen aus dem Fenster anstelle dessen sahen wir nur Nebel.
    Dieser klarte aber gegen Mittag auf, sodass uns ein schöner 360 Grad Blick von diesem Felsen geboten wurde. San Marino ist ein lustiges kleines Land mit vielen kuriosen Besonderheiten. Und zu gleich die älteste Republik der Welt. Gegründet am 03.09.301 n.Ch. Vom heiligen Marinus. Der Rest steht bei Wikipedia.
    Von unserem Übernachtungsplatz ging es mit dem Fahrstuhl hoch in die Stadt San Marino mit insgesamt 4000 Einwohnern die Stadt besteht nur aus Burgen Kirchen und ein paar alten Häusern aber ist wirklich schön zu begehen man kann sogar einen großen Teil auf der Stadtmauer laufen. Nachdem wir uns am Ausblick vom Monte Titano, so der Name des 753m hohen Berges auf dem San Marino liegt, satt gesehen haben gab es noch einen riesen Eisbecher und wir fuhren los Richtung Po Delta
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  • Day5

    Hui!
    Ground 135, Länderpunkt 13.
    Aber der Reihe nach. Nachdem wir uns von Rom auf den Weg Richtung San Marino gemacht haben, verlief die Fahrt zunächst problemlos und entspannt.
    Jedoch sollte sich dies noch ändern. Da wir mit dem Mietwagen nicht über die Landesgrenze Italiens dürfen, suchte ich vorab eine Route raus, bei der man an der Grenze parken kann und zu Fuß nach San Marino und zum Stadion kann.
    Das Navi kannte die Strecke nicht und die "Straßen" waren auch noch nicht drin. Ein Glück hatte Büffel Auslandsinternet, ansonsten wäre das wohl in die Hose gegangen! Nach einem langen Suchen und vielen schmalen Straßen mit engen Kurven über die Berge Italiens erreichten wir dann den "Parkplatz".
    Das Stadion konnte wir schon vom weiten sehen, genau wie einiges von San Marino. Ein gutes hatte diese Strecke, der Ausblick war der Wahnsinn!
    So machten wir uns zu Fuß auf den Weg zum Stadion. Und wieder einmal hieß es bergauf!
    Dort angekommen waren wir die 2. im Stadion. Leider gab es weder Tickets, noch Schals zu kaufen - schade!
    Das Stadion war ganz nett, aber nichts dolles. Eine Tribüne und ein Kunstrasenplatz. Insgesamt warem ca 20 Leute da, also auch recht überschaubar!
    Das Spiel startete furios uns blieb es auch! Am Ende stand ein gerechtes 1:1.
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  • Day5

    We woke up late. After a delicious breakfast we set off in search of a bank that would change money. We keyed in "bank" into the GPS and set off. Later we would learn that the GPS was possessed, which explained why we were not able to successfully change any money. More about that later. We were down to just a few Euros and had no change to put in the parking meter. Parking illegally we headed to a local bank. You enter such these establishments through what looks like a time machine. A glass capsule that accommodates one person at a time intended to deter want to be thieves. We queued for over 40 minutes to learn that this bank only changes money for its customers. We chanced using the ATM that was inside. Problem solved.

    Thereafter we keyed "San Marino" into the GPS. 3.5 hours later and 170 km later we were in the middle of the country side. No San Marino. We had passed through some interesting countryside and more tunnels, but still had not spotted San Marino which according to the GPS was still 14 km away. We pulled over and checked the GPS. We soon realized that we were heading to San Marino Italy - not "the" San Marino which is a country in its own right. 40 minutes later we were driving across the border.

    San Marino is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy. Among the world’s oldest republics, it retains much of its historic architecture. On the slopes of Monte Titano sits the capital, also called San Marino, known for its medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets. The Three Towers, castlelike citadels dating to the 11th century, sit atop Titano’s neighboring peaks.

    After parking the car we walked a short distance to the cable car that would take us to the top of Mount Titano. There are splendid views from here and throngs of tourists. We visited the 3 towers atop the mountain. Apart from souvenir shops there is not much else to see.

    We headed down the cable car to the parked car. Keying in "Ancona" into the GPS we were surprised to learn that it was a little over 100 km back to the hotel. We were mostly on the AutoStrada and arrived back by 6.30 pm.

    For dinner that evening we went into the old down town area. We ate late at La DegOsteria. The food was excellent as was the local white wine.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Repubblica di San Marino, San Marino, ሳን ማሪኖ, سان مارينو, ܣܢ ܡܪܝܢܘ, San Marín, Сан-Марына, Сан Марино, Marini-Senu, সান মারিনো, སན་མེ་རི་ནོ།, San Marino nutome, Άγιος Μαρίνος, San-Marino, سان‌مارینو, See Maree, Saint-Marin, San Mairíne, સૅન મેરિનો, סאן מארינו, सैन मरिनो, Սան Մարինո, San Marínó, サンマリノ共和国, სან-მარინო, Samarino, Сан-Марино, ಸ್ಯಾನ್ ಮೆರಿನೋ, 산마리노, سان مارینۆ, Res publica Sancti Marini, Sanimarino, Sántu Marinɛ, San Marinas, Santu Marine, Sanmarīno, സാന്‍ മറിനോ, सॅन मरीनो, सान् मारिनो, Saint Mathîn, ସାନ୍ ମାରିନୋ, Repùblica ëd San Marin, San Marein, सान मरीनो, San Marinu, Sên-Marëen, San Maríno, சான் மெரினோ, సాన్ మారినో, ประเทศซานมารีโน, Seni Malino, سان مارىنو, سان مارینو, Repùblica de San Marin, Xan Ma-ri-nô (San Marino), Sanmarinän, Orílẹ́ède Sani Marino, 圣马力诺, i-San Marino

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