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SAN MARINO

SAN MARINO - VOLENDO VIAGGI

Deep in the heart of Italy, rising up, looking out towards the sea is the small independent state, that over the centuries has maintained its freedom and independence, the Republic of San Marino.

 

San Marino has plenty to interest visitors. Most famous for its ancient ruins and churches, it is easy to immerse yourself in the culture and history of this tiny republic. Lovers of architecture and art will also find many interesting sights here, as the area is dotted with many different architectural styles and art collections can be found both in the museum and in some of the churches.

 

San Marino has some interesting ancient fortresses on the peak of Mount Titano, overlooking the city. La Rocca, also known as the Guaita or First Tower became an important guard tower in the city’s defence. The highest of the three towers is the Cesta (Second Tower), which contains the San Marino Museum of Antique Weapons and dates back to the 13th century. The final tower, Montale (Third Tower), was also built in the 13th century and like La Rocca and Cesta, it became a prison in later years. La Rocca is the most impressive of the three towers, with a stunning bell tower and glorious views of the city and coastline from its top. In the historic centre of the city, the Palazzo Pubblico is well worth a visit. The interior of the building is really  interesting, with some impressive art works including some tapestries. The Church of San Francesco is the oldest remaining building in San Marino  and is one of the most visited sites in San Marino.

 

The tales say that the Republic of  S. Marino was founded by St. Marino, who coming from the Dalmatian coast stopped in Rimini. According to the legend in the year 301 he, escaping from the Devil, took shelter on  the Titan Mount and there set up the city. On the peak of the mount rise three great strong-holds, that are closed by a triple circle of boundary walls and connected with massive towered walls to the town below.

 

The guided tour of S.Marino begins from the ancient city gate and guard post Porta St. Francesco. From there the direction is the town centre, climbing a moderate slope and stopping in the picturesque several little squares, where you will admire palaces, churches and medieval houses… all made of local stone and preserving almost intact its very fascinating ancient atmosphere! Then, weather permitting, it’s scheduled the visit of the Cantone Panoramico, the city terrace, which offers an amazing panoramic view on the valley below.

The tour will go on with reaching Piazza della Libertà, the most central square, and visiting there the Palazzo del Governo, the seat of the local Government. Originally named Domus Magna Comunis it was built in the fourteenth century, but after several restorations and consolidations it was pull down at the end of the nineteenth century and then rebuilt by architect Francesco Azzurri.

Finally, to end the tour, the guide will show you the Basilica of St. Marino, where are conserved the relics of St. Marino and you can admire several valuables paintings and statues.

 

Entrance to the Museums (Museo di Stato (State museum), Pinacoteca S. Francesco (art gallery), Palazzo Pubblico, I torre del Guaita, II torre detta anche Museo delle Armi Antiche (museum of ancient arms), Galleria d'arte Moderna Contemporanea (art gallery of modern art).

- full price € 3,00

- reduced € 1,50

Reduction:  - groups min. 25 persone - groups students (elementary, secondary, high schools) and accompayning adults

Free entrance:  - disabled and accompanyng adults, - kids up to 6 years

 

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SAN MARINO: MEDIEVAL DAYS

SAN MARINO: MEDIEVAL DAYS - VOLENDO VIAGGI

VOLENDO VIAGGI offers "MEDIEVAL DAYS": A UNIQUE AND UNFORGATTABLE EVENT!

 

From 26 to 29 July the ancient Republic will be filled with a Medieval atmosphere. In the afternoon, the old-city centre will become a suggestive theatre where adults and children alike will be able to dive into the past and enter exciting tableaus of medieval life. Four days and four nights of extensive merrymaking. Along the narrow and steep streets of San Marino, the attention of visitors will be drawn to lots of intriguing and festive situations.

History comes to life again amid the ancient walls thanks to pageant groups from San Marino and art cities with centuries-old traditions. Heart of the event is Cava dei Balestrieri, where in the evening the spotlights are switched on and the show begins: flag throwers and court scenes, soldiers and horsemen, competing in jousts and crossbow tournaments.

The middle-ages are also served at table. The restaurants of the old-city centre offer a real gastronomic journey back in time, with menus inspired by period recipes. Guests can enjoy to the full, the atmosphere and warm welcome of the Medieval Days with special ad hoc hotel accommodation packages.

BOOK YOUR VISIT TO SAN MARINO FOR THE OUTSTANDING "MEDIEVAL DAYS"!!!

26 - 29 OF JULY!!! - PROGRAM UPDATING ON www.visitsanmarino.com