San Marino

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  • Day8


    September 12, 2017 in San Marino

    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

    San Marino

    June 7 in San Marino

    Hmm. Ja.

    Was soll ich sagen.... San Marino empfing uns mit einem Wärmegewitter.

    Jetzt kann man ja meinen, eine Abkühlung sei nach einem Hitzetag willkommen.
    Aber wenn man bei regennassen Strassen die nicht gerade breiten Serpentinen nach San Marino mit nem gemieteten Wohnmobil im 1. Gang natürlich bei Gegenverkehr hochschrubbt, kann Frau schon mal die Krise kriegen und per se eine Abneigung gegen San Marino entwickeln.

    Auch der annehmbare Stellplatz schraubt den Wohlfühlfaktor, der in Venedig noch bei 5 von 5 lag, nicht nach oben. Das Restaurant gefällt nicht und erinnert stark an Bahnhof und das Sortiment im Supermarkt ist nach einer Minute auswendig gelernt.

    Dann kommt der Mann noch mit der Meldung: morgen Regenwahrscheinlichkeit 80% durchgängig.

    Kurz: im Bahnhof speise ich nicht, gönne mir auf den Serpentinenschreck erst mal einen SanMarinoSpumate, und werde selbst kochen.
    Keine Calamari heute. 😐
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  • Day5

    San Marino

    August 1, 2017 in San Marino

    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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