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Governmant Museum

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  • Day325

    Day 326: San Marino

    January 6, 2018 in San Marino ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    First new country in a long time! Up and out fairly early, driving south-west for an hour or so to the micro-nation of San Marino. And this is genuinely a micro-nation, with only 30,000 residents and a very small area of territory. It claims to be the oldest nation on earth, with its roots in the 1300s and has been self-governed almost the entirety of that time - never by an external power. This is why they never joined the Kingdom of Italy when it was established in the 1860s, as they didn't want to be ruled by a foreign sovereign!

    The eponymous town is actually tiny, a small village really, clinging to the side of a cliff and watched over by a three-towered fortress. It's this central area that's on the world heritage list, so we drove in about as close as possible, paid for parking and then set off on a walk.

    The town is basically on the edge of a cliff, so we walked along the rim past each of the three towers. Impressive sights, especially since they looked rather precarious, but we didn't go inside the lower two as they were occupied with paid museums and we weren't super interested. Had a wander around and then a spot of lunch at a restaurant right on the edge (prices surprisingly reasonable since it's basically Italian prices minus taxes), then wandered around the rest of the town.

    It's extremely small, we spent about 90 minutes wandering and had fairly exhaustively covered every street and point of interest. There was the option as well of descending via cable car to the town below which is far more populated, but we'd had enough for the day and headed back to the car. Lots of gun shops around as well, since they take their freedom very seriously.

    Plenty of time to ponder on the drive back to our apartment at Gradara. It was an interesting place to visit I guess, but probably a bit underwhelming. It's not like Italy has a shortage of medieval hilltop fortress towns, so it's probably the micronation status more than anything else that put it on the WH list. Oh well!

    Stayed in again tonight, more pasta naturally!
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  • Day9

    Wednesday

    September 13, 2017 in San Marino ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    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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  • Day67

    San Marino

    October 1, 2016 in San Marino ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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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  • Day52

    Saint Marin

    April 25 in San Marino ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    La dernière étape de notre périple italien nous amène dans la plus vieille république du monde : San Marino.
    Elle déroule ses fortifications médiévales au sommet d'un éperon rocheux, et après 2 mois de marche quotidienne la montée nous semble facile.
    Dernières cartes postales à envoyer, dernière exploration de la cuisine italienne et surtout dernier spritz, ce soir nous entamons le long retour chez nous.Read more

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