Located within Italy, but sovereign onto itself, San Marino is Europe’s third smallest state and the world’s oldest republic. I loved the architecture and understated grandeur of the hilltop UNESCO capital. It is often known for its three towers, this photo was taken in one and looks out at another.
De l’Italie, je connais peu de choses. Honte à moi, je n’ai jamais été à Rome, Florence, Venise et compagnie. Par contre, j’ai été à Bologne et en Emilie-Romagne deux fois et j’y retournerais en un clin d’œil pour explorer un peu plus la région.
I’m not just in any part of Italy – I’m on the Adriatic coast of Emilia Romagna, and that’s significant because the region reared one of the world’s greatest cyclists, Marco Pantani. Winner of both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, Pantani was one of the strongest climbers of his time. Riding the hills of Emilia Romagna, it’s easy to see where he got his cycling legs.
I’d heard of it before, but really wasn’t sure where it was located. I always assumed it was a small duchy or principality tucked away in some Alpen mountain pass. It wasn’t until a recent visit to Rimini, the beautiful beachside town in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region when I learned about one of the world’s smallest countries and finally had the chance to visit it for myself.
The great views from San Marino
The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is often overlooked, but its location roughly between Florence and Venice make it easy enough to add to an Italy itinerary.
Emilia-Romagna is an Italian region filled with amazing sights, beautiful buildings, the kindest people and mouth-watering food. Much of the country’s most notable exports come from Emilia-Romagna, including ravioli, lasagne, balsamic vinegar, many popular Italian cheeses and, last but never least, Ferrari cars.
A república mais antiga do mundo tem uma grande semelhança com duas nações nanicas: Mônaco e Vaticano. Estou falando de San Marino, uma espécie de ilha em terra. A república, que tem apenas 62 quilômetros quadrados, é cercada por uma vastidão de Itália.
San Marino might be the smallest Republic in the world at 62 sq k but it punches well above its weight where ridiculously spectacular views are concerned.
In the Italian region Emilia Romagna there are many little villages and hamlets, natural beauties and views still unknown to most visitors. Some of them are not far from San Marino, or from the world renown summer destinations Rimini and Cattolica.
I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN. Like for real.
The food, the history, the landscapes, are all wonderful reasons to visit. My time there was jam-packed because Andy and I over scheduled ourselves, but we still only got to see a fraction of what there is to do here.
What I discovered during my day in San Marino was a country steeped in history, with fiercely-independent people who take great pride in their culture and heritage.
See what happened and what the local bloggers did and saw during the sixteenth week of the 2013 Blogville edition
San Marino is a dot on the map and yet so much interesting bits are packed into this dot.
See what happened and what the local bloggers did and saw during the fifteenth week of the 2013 Blogville edition
I’ve just spent a fabulous week in Bologna, with Blogville, sampling some of Emilia Romagna’s incredible cuisine, sights and culture – and wow does it have some winners.
Marco di Bassi runs a small company, Noleggio Truck Motor Home Hospitality Open Noleggio Truck Motor Home Hospitality link in a new window, with two trucks that are hired by companies or organizations to host a hospitality tent for their guests at events.