Days: from 11/06 to 10/09
Timetables: 2.30pm – 7.30pm
Departure: The closest bus stop of the Bus from your hotel
Price: € 18,00
(Round-trip transport + cable car + ride on motor train with audio guide in 11 languages)
On the day of the excursion the client will go to the bus stop closest to his hotel (communicated at the time of booking), a coach will accompany him to the parking lot where the motor train will depart and take him to the cable car entrance. With the cable car will go up to the historic center of the city of San Marino and from this moment the customer can visit the city and, independently, return to the meeting point at the appointed time.
It is advised to make bookings by 18:00 on the day before.
The excursion will be activated upon reaching a minimum number of participants.
It is the oldest Republic in Europe. The territory of the Republic of San Marino is divided into 9 main areas, called Castelli (Castles), including the capital of San Marino. Each of them is full of history and natural beauty and attracts a large number of visitors, because of its historic centre with countless shops, ancient squares, palaces, museums, churches and medieval houses, all made of stone. On the top of Mount Titano, three Fortresses stand out, connected by walls and walkways, from where you can enjoy a splendid view.
The origins of this small state are attributed to the deacon Marino, a Dalmatian stonemason, who arrived in Rimini at the end of 4th century AD with his friend Leone. According to the legend, they were both escaping the Emperor Diocletian’s persecutions against the Christians and that, once they found a shelter on the heights of the hinterland, they established a real community.
Leone then moved to the nearby Monte Feretrio, giving life to the community of San Leo, a well-known village in the Rimini hinterland, whereas Marino went to Mount Titano, aka San Marino, and founded a first community in 301 AD.
NOT TO MISS
Basilica of the Saint
It hosts the Holy Founder’s relics in the main altar, statues and valuable paintings.
It is located in Piazza della Libertà and is the core of the institutional life of the country, the headquarters of the Great and General Council (The Parliament). The Palace was restored on the occasion of the centenary in 1994, by the internationally renowned architect Gae Aulenti and re-opened in 1996. Inside the palace, in the hall used for the meetings of the Parliament, there is a large fresco, dating back to the end of the 19th century by the Roman artist Emilio Retrosi. The hall can be visited. In front of the Palace, the Change of the Guard takes place, during the summer.
First Tower (Guaita)
The first fortress in San Marino, dating back to the 11th century, was enlarged and restructured in various periods. In 1754, it was officially used as the headquarters of the Guardia di Rocca and as a prison until 1975.
Second Tower (Cesta)
The second fortress in San Marino dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. Located on the highest peak of Mount Titano (750 m above sea level), it offers an unparalleled view and is currently hosting the Museum of Ancient Arms.
Third Tower (Montale)
The third fortress is a Watch tower. It was very important during the battles against the Malatesta. It can only be visited externally.
It is located in Piazza del Titano and it is hosted in the rooms of the Pergami Palace.
It displays archaeological and artistic evidence, related to the history and the legend of the Republic of San Marino.
San Francesco Museum
It is located inside the cloister of the Church of San Francesco. The Museum hosts an important collection of frescoes and paintings, made by the leading exponents of various regional schools between the 15th and 18th centuries. The collection also includes sacred furnishings, clothes and vestments used in ancient times by the monks of the Convent of San Francesco.
St. Peter’s Church
The tradition attributes the foundation of this small church to the Saint Marino. In the apse, there are two beds carved out of stone, to commemorate the place where Marino and Leo rested, according to tradition. It is also said that these beds have thaumaturgical properties.
The interior of the church is visible from the outside through the open door, during the summer months. The Church can be visited on request to the church custodian.
Cava dei Balestrieri – The Crossbowmen’s Quarry
It is a space where the events of the San Marino tradition take place, involving the crossbowmen and the flag throwers of San Marino.
It is located in Piazza Sant’Agata. It is a balcony theatre, dating back to the mid-18th century, completely restored in 1941 by Ing. Gino Zani, who preserved the original forms.
Opening times and Admission to State Museums
Every day: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (The ticket desk closes at 4.30 pm)
Full price ticket: € 4.50
Reduced ticket: € 3.50 (children aged 6 to 12 and people over 65 years old)
Admission free: disabled people and their carers, children under the age of 6.
Two-museums: € 6.50 for a visit to two Museums among the five State Museums (First Tower, Second Tower, Public Palace, San Francesco Museum and State Museum)
Multi-museum: € 10.50 for all the five State Museums (First Tower, Second Tower, Public Palace, San Francesco Museum and State Museum). The ticket is valid for 10 days after the first validation.
Multi-museum TuttoSanMarino Card: € 7.50 reserved for owners of the TuttoSanMarino Card for all the five State Museums (First Tower, Second Tower, Public Palace, San Francesco Museum and State Museum.The ticket is valid for 10 days after the first validation.