Tourism in San Marino

Tourism in San Marino contributes a large part of San Marino's GDP, with approximately 2 million tourists visiting per year.[1][2]

Most tourists who visit San Marino are Italian, usually consisting of people who come to spend holidays in the Romagna riviera and decide to spend a half-day or at most a night in the country.[2] Even though there are only a small number of non-Italian foreigners who visit the country, they still are vital to the Sammarinese economy.

There are no border formalities with Italy. However, at the tourist office visitors can purchase souvenir stamps which are officially canceled inside their passports.

The City of San Marino itself contains most attractions. The City is perched on a hill with regular parking areas for cars and buses. The City historic center itself is only a pedestrian zone that has mostly gift shops and food venues on both sides.

Visitor attractions

The main tourist attractions in the most popular destination in the country, the City of San Marino, and the rest of the nation are:

  • The Three Towers of San Marino (The First Guita Tower, The Second Cesta Tower, and the Third Montale Tower)
  • The Cathedral of San Marino
  • The medieval Palazzo Pubblico
  • The Piazza della Libertà, including the Statua della Libertà
  • The Museo di stato di San Marino, or the State Museum of San Marino
  • The Museo San Francesco
  • The small medieval alleyways, shop-lined streets, scenic terraces and little churches all dispersed around the city and the country.

Medieval Days festival

Once a year, the world's smallest Republic revives its history when it turns into a theatrical spectacle of the Medieval Days festival. Every July, San Marino entices people within its ancient walls to experience the microstate's centuries-old stories in its medieval village.[3]

See also


  1. "Background Note: San Marino". U.S. State Department. February 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  2. "Turismo: San Marino fa i conti con la recessione economica, l'Italia guarda con fiducia al 2010" (in Italian). San Marino RTV. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  3. "Photographs of the Medieval Days festival in San Marino". Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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