The fun city of San Marino has something in its treasures for everyone. Vacationers and Explorers can find historical sites to explore, crazy shoppers can get some amazing shopping deals, part-timers can pay a visit to the unique museums, and breathtaking views for the nature lovers. These are some of the best things to do in San Marino.
• Historical Sites
How can anyone forget the majestic castles standing tall on the heights of Mount Titano. To a get feel for the place, you can stroll along the walls below the Guaita Tower. They provide interlink between all the three fortresses and provide a lovely view from up there. The 11th century Guaita Tower was functional as a prison until 1970. On the highest point of the mountain is built the Cesta Tower which was erected in 13th century. From outside one can only see the 16th century Montale Tower as it is not open to the public.
As long as you are on Mount Titano, take a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas. A stormy day will bring you an unusual view from the summit of La Rocca.
Catch a glimpse of the ceremonial exchange of guards about every half hour during the business hours from the month of April to September. Guardia di Rocca is the national guard of San Marino which also looks after the daily law and order duties in the area.
There is a train livery just outside the city is a treat for the eyes to watch. Each carriage of the train is painted in the national shades of blue and white. You can take a ride to Borgo Maggiore which is a 1.5 km long aerial tramway which connects the cities.
Visit one of the oldest churches on the planet, built around fourth century AD, the Basilica di San Marino along with the current church in use which was built in 1838. Beside it is the Chiesa di San Pietro which was built in 600 AD and the altar built in 1689.
PalazoPubblico which is the official government building of San Marino also offers an admirable look into the country’s history and architecture.
Prices of items in San Martino can grab you some good deals which are better than even Italy’s prices on fashion. Shopping in San Marino will provide you an awesome opportunity to avoid Italy’s hefty 20% IVA (sales tax). You can purchase leather wallets and handbags at throw away prices.
San Marino’s museums boast of some of the weirdest collectibles in the world. In place of showing regular art and science stuff, its museums devote itself to torture and curiosities.
The Martel Museum which is also known as the MuseodellaTortura lies in the center of the city and displays the history and development of torture. Its collections include more than 100 items that tell the tales of torture techniques that were in use during the 16th and 17th centuries. If you were ever curious about the working of the rack, just visit this place. You can also explore the museum of Curiosities which has a collection of unique and odd items.