A bridge in the rocks of San Marino
6. Surrounded by Italy, surprisingly San Marino is not part of the EU but does use the Euro
You would expect a country who has a complete land border with Italy would also be part of the EU, but San Marino is not. It does, however, use the Euro, and a small amount of unique San Marino coins are produced. Though it doesn’t enforce any physical borders, to immigrate into the country is very hard, and it does not recognise dual citizenship
7. Don’t call anyone Italian; the locals are Sammarinese
The people of San Marino are indeed not Italian but are known as Sammarinese. Within a short time in the Republic you’ll pick up on the sense of pride its citizens have, and given its size, it’s impressive that local wines and goods are produced here, though most products end up being exported to Italy due to the small population size.
8. The city has a weird collection of unique museums
If you love a good museum, then San Marino has some unique ones for you to pick from with a collection of over ten.
From the Museum of Torture, which is self-explaining, to the museum of Curisities which houses a bizzare collection and has no real relation to San Marino, the small museums are good for a rainy day. With more traditional art or weapon museums on offer too, most often it’s actually the stunning architecture of the old San Marino buildings that make it worth the ticket price. If you plan to visit a couple then look into the San Marino card for a discount.
San Marino parliament
9. The national sport is Crossbow, and the San Marino Grand Prix happens in Italy
Given the tiny population of San Marino, it’s no surprise their football team have never qualified for the Euros, but the national sport here is actually Crossbow, and you can watch it occasionally in the minuscule national stadium which is set up for this sport.
The other reason you may have heard of San Marino is for its old Grand Prix, but given the hilly landscape and little space in the country, the San Marino GP actually took place in the Italian town of Imola.
10. The views across Italy and the coast are some of the best you’ll see
I’ve said it a few times in this post, but the vantage point of Monte Titano provides some truly spectacular views. If you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, looking out at Italy around you and the ocean in the distance is the perfect romantic spot for an impressive dinner or simply to capture some gorgeous holiday snaps.
And then once you have visited this stunning country, be sure to explore all of the amazing towns in Emilia Romagna next, it might not be as famous as other regions such as Tuscany but it is packed with some of Europe’s best hidden gems and an incredible food scene, enjoy!
*I visited Emilia Romagna and San Marino as part of the Blogville project where content creators are supplied accommodation and are then free to create their own plans and itinerary while in the region.