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San Marino: Audio Guide Historic Walking Tour

1. San Marino: Audio Guide Historic Walking Tour

A mere 30-minutes from the sea and high up on Mount Titan stands San Marino, guarded by its three medieval towers. On this walking tour, we’ll explore the unique nature of this city, the capital of Europe’s smallest and the world’s oldest republic of the same name, which dates back to 301 AD. Not only is San Marino a country inside a country, bordered by Italy on all sides – its capital is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting at the entrance to Porta San Francesco (Gate of Saint Francis), you’ll wander through the city’s narrow streets, past ancient churches and two of three towers, Torre Cesta and Guaita. Our 45-minute tour ends in Piazza della Libertà, where I’ll share how the city’s very own Statue of Liberty came to arrive in this square. Along the way, I’ll tell you how the people of San Marino have staunchly defended their freedom for over 17 centuries. You won’t only hear about the city, its architecture and history though. I’ll tell you about San Marino legends too, including one about a saint who befriended and rode a bear. Other highlights on this tour include: • Seeing the Cava dei Balestrieri, a quarry often used for crossbow shooting, a historical specialty in the city • Walking through the 13th century Passo delle Streghe (the ‘pathway of witches’) where young girls used to come and dance around bonfires • Taking in the sweeping views at the Il Cantone viewpoint and the tranquility of Giardini Borghesi, the Borghesi Gardens • Stopping in front of Basilica di San Marino, where a settlement was first established • Finding out about a number of unusual museums including the Torture Museum, the Curiosity Museum, and the Museum of Creatures of the Night There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way for you to taste the local cuisine and wine. You can also take advantage of lower sales tax and browse for clothes, leather goods, souvenirs and items that you’d pay more for in the rest of Italy.

San Marino: Museum Pass 1 Ticket for 7 State Museums

2. San Marino: Museum Pass 1 Ticket for 7 State Museums

Experience the wonders of San Marino with our exclusive museum pass. Unlock the doors to 7 state museums, beginning with the awe-inspiring Torre Guaita, also known as the "First Tower" or "Fortress of Guaita." Its unmistakable profile beckons from afar, promising an unforgettable journey. Explore Palazzo Pubblico, a stunning landmark open to the public when not in use for official activities. Immerse yourself in the rich history showcased at the State Museum, delve into the captivating artwork at the Pinacoteca San Francesco, and admire the masterpieces housed in the Galleria Nazionale. Gain access to Torre Salita alla Rocca, Torre Museum delle Armi Antiche Salita alla Cesta, Palazzo Publico, State Museum, National Gallery, Museum Pinacoteca San Francesco, and the Stamp and Coin Museum. Immerse yourself in the captivating history, art, and culture of San Marino. Let the museum pass be your key to unlocking the hidden treasures that await. Discover the wonders that lie within each museum, and create unforgettable memories in the heart of this enchanting city. Remind Second Tower is closed for restoration till 12 Novembre 2023 and that Palazzo Pubblico, headquarter of the Governement, could be closed because of political meeting

San Marino: Historical Center Private Tour

3. San Marino: Historical Center Private Tour

Explore San Marino’s impressive history, architecture, and way of life on a guided walking tour. Meet your private guide at the Gate of Saint Francis and start your trip to explore the oldest Republic in the world. Walk through the streets of the city listening San Marino stories and culture. Reach Piazza della Libertà to see the Palazzo Pubblico, used for parliamentary sessions. Admire the beautiful Cava dei Balestrieri, then continue to see the Basilica del Santo, and the Church of San Piertro. Learn about the importance of religion in San Marino as you listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary. Head to the First Tower, the largest and oldest of the city’s three fortresses. Afterwards, follow your guide to the famous Passo delle Streghe, built at the end of the 11th century admiring stunning views along the way. End your tour by viewing the second tower, which you can continue to explore on your own after parting with your guide.

San Marino - Private Walking Tour

4. San Marino - Private Walking Tour

Take a stroll to Piazza della Libertà, which is the main square of the city, and admire the Statua della Libertà, also known as the Statue of Liberty. You will then walk by the Palazzo Pubblico (the Town Hall) which is built in neo-Gothic architectural style. The Palazzo Pubblico is a must-visit. This 19th-century building houses the government of San Marino and is open to visitors during certain times of the day. You will visit the Guaita Tower (Guaita Fortress). It was built in the 11th century and was the first fortification to be constructed on the mountain. The tower has been used for different purposes throughout its history, serving as a prison, a military lookout, and a place of refuge during times of conflict. You can climb up to the top of the tower and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Next, you will be visiting the Basilica di San Marino, the largest church in the city. Constructed in neoclassical style, it dates back to the early 19th century. It was built on top of the remains of a fourth-century Romanesque church that was devoted to St. Marino. The conventional basilica design has a lengthy nave accompanied by two side aisles, each adorned with altars. You will then head towards the cable car station, which will take you up to the top of Monte Titano. The view from the cable car is stunning, and it only takes a few minutes to get to the top. You will enjoy views of the Adriatic coastline, tiled rooftops, and lush farmland while traveling up Mount Titano to San Marino's historical center. - Piazzale Campo della Fiera, 10 Finally, you will have the chance to visit the Museo di Stato which is located in the historic city of San Marino. The museum showcases a significant collection of artwork and artifacts related to the history and culture of San Marino throughout various periods.

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4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

This was so worth it. We learnt so much from Sarah in just 90 minutes. She was knowledgable, funny, kind, and was able to answer all of our questions. Highly recommend this tour, especially if you don’t have much time in San Marino City

This was a great guided tour and in 1.5 hours, I learned a lot about San Marino from my guide, Melissa

Nice tour of San Marino. Good balance of history and anecdotes to keep everybody entertained.

A visit beyond expectations. A fascinating place, out of the ordinary.