Thursday, January 6, 2011

Why to visit San Marino- Little Italy

First thing which comes into mind about San Marino is its tiny size. Completely land locked by Italy, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic and one of smallest countries. San Marino is a successful democracy which is governed by its own laws and institutions. Its currency is Euro and the character is very much main stream European. In a periphery that is limited and small, there is lot to be explored and experienced in San Marino.

The Royal or public palace, which is a neo-Gothic edifice in regal Romanesque style of architecture, is renowned for its daily change of Royal guards- the Guardia de Rocca, a popular visual attraction. Founded by Saint Marinus in 301 AD, San Marino is known for its medieval and historical character preserved in its public and private monuments.

The waxworks museum is a reconstruction of 40 scenes and 100 characters of bygone era. There is a state museum with its collection of archaeological and artistic treasures. The 14th century Gallery of San Francesco is another attraction. It has Maranello Rosso collection at the foot of Mount Titano, of 25 Ferraris created by the legendary Enzo Ferrari. It is a tribute to San Marino’s position in the zipping age as the venue of the annual Formula One Grand Prix motor racing that attracts fans from across the world.

In San Marino, no passport is required. There are no customs procedures to stop you; thereby making it world’s most visited republic. It is full of colourful boutiques, novelty and curio shops and art galleries offering attractive and competitive wares. San Marino is accessible from many directions. The nearest rail station is Rimini, from where buses bring you to San Marino. International airports of Rimini-San Marino and Bologna are easily accessible on motorways. Accommodation here depends on your budget. All variety of food is also available here to satisfy your taste needs.

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