San Marino is a small inland gem surrounded by Emilia Romagna, perched at the top of and the footing of a hill. It is an ancient state (also known as the Most Serene Republic Of San Marino) in existence since 301 AD when a monastic settlement was built there. San Marino is the oldest sovereign state and oldest constitutional republic. At just over 61 kilometres square and with a population of 33,562 (counted in 2016), San Marino has the smallest population of any state in the Council of Europe. But don’t underestimate it and don’t go for just the day. I was utterly charmed by the narrow hilltop medieval medieval streets and towers peering over the surrounding countryside, the myriad of restaurants and gorgeous local produce available.
San Marino is laid back and charming, and it is a perfect spot for a relaxed mini break for tired urbanites like myself, or those who are seeking something a little different. It is perfect for travellers seeking gorgeous food and wine, peppered with gentle walks or maybe just sitting back with book, as I would do. There is lots of Sammarinese produce to explore, including San Marino truffles and a considerable wine industry (especially given its small size). One of the attractions is that much of the San Marino produce stays there, so to try it, you have to visit. San Marino is a special little place saturated in lots of good things to eat and drink, culture and history. I will go back again, next time maybe in spring or summer.