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Wonders of San Marino

Sunrise over San Marino
Sunrise over San Marino / Iaia, Flickr / public domain

WorldBlue  Highlights

In this beautiful microstate can be found numerous old structures that are located in a beautiful natural setting. By far the most impressive is the ensemble of the medieval City of San Marino with its mountaintop forts, narrow streets, and medieval buildings, with a multitude of views on the surrounding landscape far below.

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WorldViolet Top 7 wonders of San Marino

Architecture wonders

San Marino City

Well preserved and picturesque historical town on the top of Mount Titano. This town has developed since the 13th century. The fortified town still has many old fortifications – towers, walls, gates. The town has numerous old buildings, the historical network of streets and squares has been preserved.


One of the Three Towers of San Marino, the oldest one. This spectacular tower originally was built in the 11th century but in its current form – in the 15th century.

Cesta (De La Fratta)

One of the Three Towers of San Marino, is located on the highest peak in San Marino. Constructed in the 13th century over the remains of a Roman fort. Museum of weapons inside.

Cesta fortress, San Marino
Cesta fortress / Martin Holland, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Vatican Obelisk

Egyptian obelisk in the center of St. Peter’s Square. This 25.31 m tall obelisk was made in 1835 BC and was brought to Rome in 37 BC, during the times of Emperor Caligula. Witness of the martyrdom of St.Peter.

Basilica di San Marino

The main church in the republic, built in a Neo-Classical style in 1836.

Basilica di San Marino
Basilica di San Marino / Ady, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

One of the Three Towers of San Marino, built in the 14th century, was used as a prison.

Palazzo Pubblico

This historical town hall was built in Neo-Gothic style in 1884 – 1894. The building has an ornate interior.

Palazzo Pubblico, San Marino
Palazzo Pubblico / Matteo Paciotti, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

Blue Guide The Marche & San Marino

Most of the world’s straw hats and plenty of its shoes come from this fascinating Italian region. With stunning sandy beaches, superb food and wine, national parks, and world-class art (Raphael was born in Urbino, the most famous city), this is a must-have guide for all independent travelers. Each chapter comes with a detailed listing of restaurants, coffee bars, and gelato parlors.

Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe

This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies and relatively low unemployment.

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