I don’t know why, but I love visiting a country in a country. Maybe the reason is because the size of these countries is relatively small. In December 2011, I have been to Monaco, a country in France. This time I included San Marino into my itinerary for the summer trip in Italy. Yes, San Marino is a country within Italy. It is a very small country in Europe (the third smallest).
Going to San Marino was not difficult at all. I have been there by bus from Rimini and it took me less than half an hour on the bus. You can check the timetable of the bus that runs between Rimini and San Marino at the Rimini train station. You also can leave your luggage there. Well, I do recommend you to go to the bus stop before the departure time because when I was there, the bus was full with tourists and locals. It is much better to go earlier than to wait for 1 hour for the next bus.
Since it is a small country, you can get around the country by foot. Well, while I walked in the country, I felt like I was climbing the mountain.
If you come here, thing you need to see is the three towers of San Marino, which is the landmark of the country. It was a little tough to walk up, but it was worth it. If you want to go inside the castles, you have to pay the admission fee.
I also loved the city view, while I looked back.
The buildings and the shops were nice.
All in all, it was a great visit. I spent only 3-4 hours there and went back to Rimini. If you go to Rimini or the cities around there, I do recommend you to have a visit to San Marino.
Have you ever been to San Marino? Do you like this small country? Share your experience with me in the comments!