San Marino

San Marino may be one of the smallest nations in the world, but it is also one of the most beautiful. It's a bit tough to get to as it is surrounded by Italy in the heart of the Apennine Mountains. We traveled here by train from Rome to Rimini, then took a bus from Rimini to the town of San Marino in March of 2012.


San Marino was started in the year 301 by Saint Marinus, a stonecutter from Dalmatia, in the Roman Empire. Since then, the country remained independent thorough the fall of the Roman empire and arguments over it ownership in 885. The country formed it's constitution and created the republic in 1253. That document is still in effect today. Instead of expanding their territory early on, San Marino entered into a number of alliances. However, after wining a war with Rimini in 1463, with support from the Pope, San Marino was able to expand it's territory to 61 sq. km, it's current size today. In 1797 Napoleon gave legitimacy to its sovereignty and in 1871, San Marino decided to remain independent when Italy became a new country. Today, San Marino has a close economic relationship with Italy, but remains independent politically.

 San Marino City (March 2012)

Images from San Marino (March 2012)

Beautiful San Marino (March 2012)