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Things To See in San Marino

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The three towers that appear on the national flag are the major attractions of San Marino. Only the Guaita Tower and the Cesta Tower are accessible to tourists; these are tiny castles at the summit of Mount Titano with stunning views over San Marino, Italy, and the Adriatic Sea.

Cesta is the largest of the two and includes a modest armour and weapon museum. The “Yellow Card” costs €3 and allows you to visit one castle; the “Red Card” costs €4.50 and allows you to access both. A walkway runs between the two towers, following the city walls along the edge of a cliff. The towers provide excellent picture possibilities. Among the other attractions are:

  • Piazza del Liberta. This tiny plaza has wide vistas and is bordered on both sides by two government buildings, including the town hall, the Palazzo Pubblico.
  • State Museum (Museo di Stato), Piazzetta del Titano, 1, Città di San Marino,  +378 0549883835, e-mail: [email protected] Summer 8AM–8PM, winter 9AM–5PM. Museum of art, architecture, and archaeology. €3. 
  • St. Francis’ Museum (Museo San Francesco), Via Basilicius, Città di San Marino, +378 0549885132. Summer 8AM–8PM, winter 9AM–5PM. Art collection located in a centuries-old cloister. €3. 
  • Torture Museum (Museo della Tortura), Contrada San Francesco n° 2,  +378 0549991215. 10AM–8PM daily during the summer; reduced hours in the winter. Small, kitschy museum catering to tourists 
  • Wax Museum (Museo delle Cere), via Lapicidi Marini, 17 – 47890 San Marino,  +378 0549992940, e-mail: [email protected] Oct–Mar 9AM–12:30PM and 2–5:30PM, Apr–Jun and Sep 9AM–6:30PM, Jul–Aug 9AM–8PM. 

Otherwise, just go for a stroll! The tiny cobblestone streets are full of surprises, and you may explore the city by going up and down the city. There are hardly no vehicles, and the streets have a medieval air about them. The city walls may be climbed and walked along in certain areas. The Basilica di San Marino, a Roman-style basilica, is one of the sites you may visit.

Borgo Maggiore, a town near the capital, features a historic center. In Faetano, you can also view the San Marino lake, where you may catch fish.

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