Things to do in San Marino

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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: Historical Center Private Tour

2. 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: walking tour with interactive video guide

3. San Marino: walking tour with interactive video guide

With our interactive map you will be able to move from one point to another in the historic center without time constraints: only you will decide what to see and when. Our private local guide will accompany you, through your smartphone, for the entire tour, providing you with all the curiosities, anecdotes and useful tips to experience the city at its best. You will be able to start your tour at the time you want and choose the monuments of your interest included in the itinerary, moving between stops without ever getting lost thanks to our geolocated directions. Unmissable stops will be Piazza del Titano, Piazza della Libertà, the Basilica of San Marino and many other places that make San Marino and its Republic special Come discover all the wonders of San Marino's historic center thanks to this unmissable Interactive Tour.

San Marino: Magical Christmas Tour

4. San Marino: Magical Christmas Tour

See how the microstate of San Marino celebrates Christmas on this tour of the best festive locations and Christmas markets in town. Start the festivities at the meeting point in the heart of the city where you will meet your fun and knowledgeable guide. After a short meet and greet, set off on your adventure through the streets of San Marino during its most decorative time of the year. Witness some of the city's most important sights and beautifully decorated locations as you follow your professional local guide. Listen to festive anecdotes and discover facts such as who invented the Christmas tree. Learn more about San Marino's Christmas traditions and visit a traditional Christmas market. At the market, sample some of the region's most renowned festive delicacies or sip on a glass of mulled wine as you soak up San Marino's charming festive atmosphere.

From Bologna: Private San Marino Day Tour with Lunch

5. From Bologna: Private San Marino Day Tour with Lunch

Our driver will pick you up at the hotel or where you will indicate and take you to visit San Marino Take a big step in one of the smallest countries in Europe. A glimpse of wonders awaits you at the door of Porta San Francesco. You will engage with the architecture of the Palazzo Pubblico. A historic square La Cava dei Balestrieri and the Basilica of San Marino are within walking distance. Our guide will tell you the history and anecdotes of this small medieval state just outside Rimini At the end of the tour our official guide will take you to one of the historic restaurants of San Marino to taste a fantastic lunch. After lunch you will have an hour of free time for shopping in the old shops of the historic center before returning to the hotel with our driver

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 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

Sara found the perfect balance between past and present during the tour. No matter what was asked - she knew the answer.

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

Excellent guided tour conducted by Sara through the center of San Marino

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