Medieval mountaintop fortresses and showy military pomp entice visitors to explore history-steeped San Marino. One of the smallest and wealthiest countries in the world, San Marino is a welcoming step back in time where locals gather in cozy public squares, national treasures are proudly displayed, and visitors indulge in iconic Italian dishes at a discount. Cheap hotel deals in San Marino are plentiful, making the charming country even more alluring.
Completely surrounded by Italy, San Marino encompasses the Appenine Mountains. Perched high atop Monte Titano, the City of San Marino is the country's capital. Here, there are plenty of gorgeous sites to explore and even more San Marino hotel deals to accommodate visitors on a budget. Most San Marino hotels are located within the capital, ranging from special resorts to moderate lodgings. If you are travelling in the summer, you'll want to book your rooms early to receive reservations at the best prices.
Atop the cliffs, ancient walls encircle the community, offering a majestic city gate entrance leading to the Three Towers on each of Titano's peaks. At 11th-century Guaita, climb to the top of the medieval structure's tower, marvel at the wall carvings, and relish the Chapel of Rocca's serenity.
From Guaita, walk along the city wall to the second tower, Cesta Castle. A 13th-century site, Cesta is home to the Museum of Archaic Arms. Climb up to its tower for the best view of the valleys and Adriatic Sea.
In addition to breathtaking fortresses, San Marino offers plenty of impressive attractions. Savour the beauty of Basilica di San Marino, its surrounding square and the town hall at Palazzo Pubblico. Don't miss the colourful changing of the guard ceremony performed by vibrantly uniformed soldiers at the Palazzo. Once you've explored the city, take the funicular down the mountain to Borgo Maggiore for abundant shopping and the Ferrari Museum.
Because San Marino doesn't charge the taxes found in Italy, restaurants, souvenirs, and hotels in San Marino are generally cheaper than in nearby Italy. Dogana is just west of Italian seaside town Rimini and makes a good base point for touring Rimini. Alternately, during busy summer months, less expensive San Marino hotel packages may offer better rates in Rimini. A cheap San Marino hotel deal is not difficult to find and can turn your stunning excursion to San Marino into the trip of a lifetime.
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