San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #52: San Marino. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.

VIDEO – Country #52: San Marino

Blog post on San Marino

Rimini to San Marino

The only reason I travelled to Rimini in Italy was that it’s the launching point to travel up the landlocked country of San Marino. I decided to stay at the HI Hostel in Rimini and used it as my home base for this adventure.

To reach this country, I had to take a bus just outside the Rimini station. I believe it cost me 10 Euros for a round trip bus ride. For this journey, I teamed up with a friend from New Zealand who I met in the HI Hostel.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

My friend was put off at the mad rush to enter the bus but I actually thought it’s pretty funny.

The journey took roughly 40 minutes and before long, we made it!

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

City exploration

The first thing we did was explore the city streets. My friend somehow found a liquor store right away and purchased some local alcohol. He then got me to try it out and it was pretty good.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

There were also guards that are cool enough to let tourists take pictures with them.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

And there are some historic buildings that you can check out as you make your way through the city streets.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

There are also restaurants that served Italian food. My friend and I indulged in some pasta and bread after we got back down from the main tourist attraction.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Three Towers

The main touristy thing to do in the world’s oldest Republic is to visit the Three Towers. Upon entering, we saw actors pretending to be part of the olden time doing their thing.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

As cool as the actors were, what we were really excited to do was climb the towers.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Climbing the towers

The view from the towers is amazing. You can literally see the entire country from above.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Only two of the three towers are accessible to tourists. We visited both towers. One of them even had a weapon museum.

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

The one thing you must do when climbing these towers is climbing on the castle rocks themselves. It might seem sketchy at first but everyone was doing them. I mean, how else are you going to take the best pictures if you don’t do it?

San Marino, San Marino – Country #52 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

After spending an entire day in this beautiful country, we took the bus back down and reminisce how fun that little day trip was to San Marino.

Conclusion

San Marino is definitely a must-visit country if you are already traveling in Italy. It’s not expensive to go there and the views are spectacular. The locals are also very friendly and welcoming.

I love going to places like this that are not flooded with tourists. I think that’s one of the most fun things to do when travelling is exploring countries that are not in the mainstream travel destination.

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