Tiny Country: The Republic of San Marino

Exploring a castle fortress and walking the streets of an ancient city built on the top of Mount Titano. It is a day in the clouds you won’t want to miss.

IMG_8659The Republic of San Marino’s claim to fame is being a tax haven and one of the oldest republics in the world. The capital is situated on the top of Mount Titano, and it is also named San Marino.

IMG_8564Old Town is where the magic is at. Classic medieval streets and shops plus a few niche museums unique to San Marino such as Museo Creature della Notte- Vampiri e Licantropi (Vampires and Werewolves) and  Museo della Tortura (Torture). You will think twice the next time you use the term ‘chastity belt’.

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Pets are of course welcome in Old Town, but they are not allowed inside the towers. The walk between towers on the top of the mountain is a sight to see, and the view is breathtaking.

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Zala and I stayed at the Centro Vacanze campground. The locals call it the “Garden Village” or just “The Garden”. It offers a full range of amenities; swimming pool, restaurant, skatepark, and even a dog park. Accommodations range from a hotel room to basic camping in the trees. Car camping costs under 15 Euros.

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