Honeymoon in San Marino

Beyond geography

In the search of a vision and great emotions.

The territory of San Marino (61 sq. km) is mostly hill country, roughly square-shaped with Mount Titano in the centre. It borders on two Italian regions, Emilia Romagna to the north-east and Marche Montefeltro to the south-west.
In whatever part of the territory you go, in particular at the peak of its mountain (750 meters high), your gaze is lost over a unique, dazzling panorama: the fertile soils of Emilia Romagna and the soft rolling hills of the Marche and Montefeltro, and on to dip into the placid Adriatic sea.

Nine lands, nine citadels, a small great State

The Sammarinese territory is made up of nine ancient Citadels, including the capital, San Marino. These small centres arose as a result of the first human settlements; each offers something to be discovered and visited.
The Fortresses are interconnected by a convenient urban network of rare beauty; places for pleasurable stops in the enchanting greenery of the Apennine foothills and Montefeltro.

The capital with an ancient heart

The origins of San Marino are founded on the charming legend of the Saint, Founder of the community and of the Republic; when, in 301 A.D., Marino took refuge on Mt. Titano.
The small capital holds a wealth of history, museums, and priceless architectural monuments. The annual destination of millions of tourists, it is a place of continuous discovery; a wealth of assorted crafts and souvenirs provide a vast, pleasant shopping experience.

A window on the Adriatic

The Serravalle citadel was first mentioned by King Otto's diploma, in 962. An outpost of the Malatesta family, it was annexed to the Republic in 1463. In time it became an important urban centre. It has a quaint historic centre with an ancient Castle and some characteristic quarters.
The adjacent Sports Centre is modern and well equipped. Restaurants, trattorias and hotels make your stop in this town and the immediate vicinity quite pleasant.

The ancient market

Borgo Maggiore Market, that dates back to 1244, is of particular historic interest because of its churches, monuments and characteristic districts.
There are many opportunities to visit renowned trattorias, inns, shops selling typical local products and the market (every Thursday morning). The tourist can even make a pleasant stop in the historic centre of the Capital, facilitated by a large parking area and rapid connection with the picturesque cableway.

A place immersed in nature

Faetano, the ancient domain of the Malatesta family of Rimini, was one of the last strongholds annexed to the Republic in 1463. The centre of the town is quite interesting with its ancient church built in the last century and the Casa del Castello. A scenic locality, with a lake for sports fishing and numerous opportunities for excursions in the nature park on the Marano River.

A seductive glance at Mt. Titano

Domagnano was already a village in 1300. In 1463, this territory annexed the Montelupo fortress, conquered by San Marino after its war with the Malatesta of Rimini. Photography lovers will find numerous scenic points here, both looking out toward the sea and toward Mt. Titano; you can take suggestive pictures that will show off the soft, sensual beauty of these places.
There are numerous restaurants, trattorias, hotels along the Domagnano road.

Outpost on the Apennines

Chiesanuova draws its origins from the Medieval Castle and court of Busignano. Located in a natural environment of particular beauty, it is placed on the first buttresses of the Apennines.
The town districts are immersed in rich vegetation, offering thousands of opportunities to lose oneself in an uncontaminated landscape, living moments of relaxation in total harmony with nature.

A walk among the greenery

The Acquaviva Castle takes its name from the source of water that springs forth from the rock. Today a bubbly town, immersed in the greenery of the surrounding countryside, it is the home of numerous local crafts shops and many places that sell typical local cheeses.
You can go jogging and play outdoor sports and recreational activities in the Montecerreto nature park.

Crossroads of enchanting itineraries

Fiorentino, the ancient fortress of the Malatestia family, was annexed to the Republic in 1463. It is an archaeological area rich in historic finds. Fiorentino is a convenient hub for various directions, Cattolica, Pesaro, Urbino, San Leo, so you can avoid the stuffy summer traffic. Numerous bars, pizzerias and locales along the roadway and in the centre of town offer refreshment for the tourist.
Fiorentino has a modern recreation centre and a well-equipped sports field.

A place where you can inhale both history and the modern

The origins of Montegiardino date back to the Lombard period and perhaps are even older. Annexed by the Republic in 1463, it is the home of an extremely ancient, suggestive Castle of rare architectural beauty and perspectives and views that will take your breath away. The church (1865) is also of interest for its altar-facings which date back to 1700.


The Republic of San Marino boasts centuries-old and authentic farming and gastronomic traditions, jealously preserved and today promoted through the Consorzio Terra di San Marino. The fields of cereal crops and alfalfa, vineyards, olive groves and natural settings all go to make up the natural landscape surrounding the mighty limestone massif of Mount Titano. The cultivation of the vine and olives in the Republic dates back thousands of years, as does bee-keeping. The country also specialises in raising livestock for milk and meat.
The love and attention for the products of our land have made local cuisine a simple art, yet one rich in traditions renewed over the years. Unmistakable flavours, a wholesome cuisine that combines traditions with quality to keep alive the huge rural heritage of our country and cater for even the most discerning gourmets.

Among the starters we have: tagliatelle, strozzapreti, ravioli, cappelletti, passatelli. Then come the roast meats, dishes with all the fragrance of milk and cheese, good bread, piadina, extra-virgin olive oil, accompanied by red wines, Brugneto and Tessano aged in large cherrywood barrels or in oak barriques, or still white wines, Biancale and Roncale. Among the desserts are bustrengo, caciatello, ciambella to be enjoyed with a glass of Moscato or prized Oro dei Goti dessert wine.


San Marino, shopping for all tastes

For over 50 years now, San Marino has been a popular destination with shoppers of all kinds.

The many shops in the old-town centre cater for all tastes: from the most precious jewel to the designer article, ceramics, costume jewellery, clothing, leather goods, perfumes, playing cards, bottles and lots more besides

Walking amid the old streets, buildings and monuments, in an absolutely unique setting, it is easy to come across shops offering local products: hand-painted ceramic ware, unparalleled objets d’art, wrought iron and wood articles or items made of precious materials, refined lace and embroidery. In 1995, the Republic of San Marino established a Mark of Origin to protect and promote its arts and crafts.

But the “land of shopping” could not be such without its shopping centres, specialised shops and outlet stores.

Atlante, Azzurro, Electronics, San Marino Factory, Queen Outlet are just some of the modern centres available in the country. All offer a broad assortment of products that go from electronics to telephones, computers to books, clothing to leather ware, music to objets d’art, perfumes, precious jewels and famous designer clothes.

Within easy reach of the Adriatic Riviera, the shopping centres are mostly located with a few kilometres of the state border at Dogana and feature lots of parking space.

The only hard thing is to decide what to buy!


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