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Panoramic view of Guaita Castle from top of San Marino

What do Gondor-esque castles, Duff Beer and vintage Fiats have in common?

They can all be found in the Republic of San Marino!

Located within Italy along the border shared by the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche, the Republic of San Marino is an independent microstate that rises high into the sky. Constituted in part by the Apennine mountain range, its capital city, the City of San Marino, offers breathtaking views and quite the bit of exercise.

A relatively quick and cheap bus ride took us from Rimini to the entry door for the mountain enclave. A leisurely walk up yields old churches, quiet parks, comfortable cafes and the Fortress of Guaita, a fortification that looks as if it came straight out of the Lord of the Rings.

I didn’t skimp on the photos and videos below. If you like what you see, please follow me on Flickr and YouTube, and do plan on making a trip to this amazing place in the future. It’s both fun and beautiful, and it’s one of the most affordable things you can do in Italy.

Statues in a Park in San Marino

View from the top of San Marino

View from the top of San Marino

View and Cable Car from the top of San Marino

View from the top of San Marino and Love Graffiti

View from the top of San Marino and Cable Car

Church at the top of San Marino

View from the top of San Marino

View from the top of San Marino

View and lizard from the top of San Marino

Garden and Castle Fortification in San Marino

Guaita Castle in San Marino

Courtyard inside Guaita Castle in San Marino

View from the top of Guaita Castle in San Marino

Canon in Courtyard inside Guaita Castle in San Marino

Flowers and Courtyard Inside Guaita Castle in San Marino

Telescope in Guaita Castle in San Marino

Panoramic View from top of Guaita Castle in San Marino

View from top of San Marino

View from top of San Marino

Simpsons' Duff Beer in San Marino and Italy

Vintage Fiat Classic Car in San Marino

Piazza in San Marino

Courtyard in San Marino

Courtyard and Memorial Statue and Shrine in San Marino

Empty Street in San Marino

Entry Gate and Guard in San Marino

  • A Cook Not Mad

    Great photos Keane! What a strange little country that San Marino.

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      It was a fun trip. Glad we were able to do it! Would have been fun if we all did it together :)

  • http://www.donnasaur.us/ Stealthypoo

    What a beautiful view! Did you drink some duff beer?

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      I didn’t, but I had some beer made by a San Marino microbrewery! It was good!

  • Ray

    One does not simply “walk” into San Marino. Its black gates are guarded by more than just Sammarinese…

    • http://keane.li/ keane

      They have a cave troll.