Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | July 8, 2021

UNESCO e San Marino

Posted @withregram • @cittacapitale Il 07 LUGLIO 2008 Il Centro Storico di Borgo Maggiore e il Monte Titano entrano nella lista dei Patrimoni dell’Umanita’. Oggi per le celebrazioni ospite Eike Schmidt, direttore della Galleria degli Uffizi.

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | July 3, 2021

San Marino’s Coat of Arms and Flag

By: Estelle Via Perello

As every country has their own name, each also has their own symbolism. The best symbolism that represents a nation to all over the world is through their country’s flag and coat of arms. These symbolisms are raised by the nation’s government and its people in different settings that allows them to be identified and be known as the people of that country may it be diplomatic missions, international competitions, a warfare, or any other events which represents the people’s patriotism to their countries. 

Basically, the national symbols found in a country’s flag and coat of arms is a representation that manifests itself to the world as a national community. The purpose of its creation is to unite the people through visual and iconic symbolism.
A country in Europe so small yet so well preserved of its rich heritage, has one of the most detailed and beautiful national symbols, and that is the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. With their identity as being “an exceptional testimony to a living cultural tradition that has persisted over the last seven hundred years”, it greatly manifests in their beautiful national flag and coat of arms

The Meaning behind San Marino’s Coat of Arms

“The official coat of arms of the Republic is surmounted by a closed crown, the symbol of sovereignty The shield is azure, three mountains vert, towers argent, windowed, embattled and masoned sable, surmounted by ostrich plumes argent. The shield is surrounded by two branches vert, overlapped in saltire below the shield, one of laurel, the other of oak, fructed or. On a ribbon argent the motto LIBERTAS in capital letters sable.”

Here are the meanings of each component:

The Blue shield – It represents peace and protection

The three hills and towers with ostrich feathers on top – This overall represents the beautiful place where the country was first founded and is known as its most significant place of its history. The three hills represent the peaks of “Mount Titano”. The three towers on top of them are the famous three towers of San Marino which are named as the Guaita, Cesta, and Montale. Each of the towers is, they say, equipped with a metal wane at the top, that is in heraldic interpretation pictured as a feather.

The Crown – a crown represents hereditary monarchy, but in San Marino it is considered more as a symbol of sovereignty and independence.

The Branches – The oak (on the right) and laurel branch (on the left) symbolizes the stability and defense of the liberty. It provides protection to the shield’s sides and intersect.

The word “LIBERTAS” – displayed in a silver ribbon below the shield is the word “LIBERTAS”. This means “freedom”. It greatly displays how the country has fought for liberty from its earlier years up until now. It greatly represents how San Marino has an amazing maintenance of independence in the midst of many larger states.

The Meaning behind San Marino’s National Flag

“The national flag of San Marino is made up of two horizontal bands: above is white and below is blue. The coat of arms of the republic is also seen in the flag which is placed at the center.” 

It is said that the main colors of the flag derived from the shield of the coat of arms.

Here are the meanings of each of components:

White Color – it symbolizes the peace that the country has and aimed for, as well as the snow that beautifully covers Mount Titano.

Blue Color – It symbolizes the beautiful sky above San Marino and also stands for Liberty.

San Marino’s Coat of Arms

It is indeed amazing how all of this makes sense why San Marino was able to uphold their identity of being a country of rich cultural heritage both seen physically in their beautiful medieval locations and their people’s effort of preserving their culture, ways, traditions, and form of governance.

Their national symbol which is in their coat of arms and national flag are not only seen as a visual representation but their way of life.

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | July 1, 2021

The Best Experiences to Have in San Marino!

By: Estelle Via Perello

Aside from Touring around San Marino’s Historical Places, there are a lot of activities that travellers can create a timeless experience that only San Marino can offer.

1. Ride the Cable Car for the Amazing View!

If you’re a traveller with a car who seeks to go to the capital city of San Marino much easier, you can park it in the town of Borgo Maggiore then take the Funivia di San Marino (Cable Car). Not only you can have a utilitarian purpose on taking you up the slopes of Mount Titano to the Historical Centre, but also you can enjoy the breath-taking view of the Adriatic Coastline, the bird’s view of the titled rooftops, and the vast panoramas of the green hills and farmlands.

Interested? Click here! Funivia di San Marino

2. Take a Cooking Class!

Have an authentic culinary experience in the ancient republic of the world. The learning experience will be done with the local chef of the Agriturismo (farmhouse) wherein they will help you discover the secrets of the traditional Sammarinese cuisine. Along with that you’ll get to discover and taste the fine local wines where you’ll pair them with the local delicacies that you have prepared.

Interested? Click here! Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse in San Marino

3. Sunset Climb

You can have the wonderful experience of overcoming the thrill of the rocky cliffs of Mount Titano during the sunset. This is by passing through equipped sections to discover the mountain from an unusual point of view by your hand and climbing techniques.

The experience is made possible by the San Marino Alpine Club, assuring total serenity and safety under the guidance of experienced guides. 

Interested? Click here! Climbing at a Sunset

4. Experience the E-bike tours!

Do you enjoy strolling by cycling? In San Marino, there are two e-bikes tour that tourists can choose from which is organized by the eBike Experience:

  • Pedaling on the old Railway Route – Discovering the Republic of San Marino thanks to an expert e-Bike guide, through an itinerary on the historical railway line which once connected Rimini to San Marino. The itinerary offers significant points of natural and historical interest, allowing you to admire the San Marino territory in its facets.
  • E-bike Tour at Sunset – Discovering the Republic of San Marino thanks to an experienced e-Bike guide, through a two-hour itinerary to discover the iconic places, starting from Borgo Maggiore up to the San Marino old town centre. 

Possibility to complete the experience with a tasting of typical products coming from local sources, to savour the best of San Marino. This is applicable with both e-bike tours!

Interested? Click here! E-bike in San Marino

5. Motorbike tours!

An experience organized by the Ride 70s, tourists can discover the beauty of the San Marino Republic by riding a motorbike. The tour would have them passing through the 9 municipalities where they will engage in enchanting scenic views. A professional tour leader will accompany the bikers by also revealing the secrets of using the motorbike, to live an unforgettable experience in complete safety. Upon return you will be offered a small tasting of typical local products.

Interested? Click here! Motorbike Tours in San Marino

6. Have to experience an Easy Wild Archery with an instructor!

An experience which is organized by the La Cerna del Lunghi Archi di San Marino. Tourists will be accompanied by an instructor either by foot or car to go to the Parco le Stradelle. In this experience, they learn the basics to start archery with the instructor in the multiple shooting range with some target silhouettes and everything needed for instinctive archery. 

This is assured to be completely safe. The experience goes along with educational materials and a small souvenir of the day.

Interested? Click here! Archery in San Marino

7. Take the Guided Soft Trekking on the Cliff of Mount Titano!

An experience initiated by the San Marino Trekking that will make tourists satisfied at the end! It is a wonderful journey through nature and history with breath-taking views and journey to the past. Taking a wonderful walk in the old town centres of the City of San Marino, Borgo Maggiore, and to the naturalistic peculiarities.

Interested? Click here! Trekking in San Marino

8. Got the Kids with You? Try out these Activities with your Children!

  • San Marino Adventures Park

Have the experience going to the park of fun, relaxation, and adventure to create a strong bond with the kids. The San Marino Adventures Park is one of the largest parks in Europe that is surrounded by nature. It is 5 minutes away from the historic centre of San Marino. Children, teenagers, and adults are able to explore themselves in 26 paths  between the large trees up to 35 meters high. 

Along with this, people are able to challenge their physical abilities by doing sports activities such as airsoft, archery, and horseback riding. They can also just relax in the park by having their picnics in the refreshment areas. 

Interested? Click here! San Marino Adventures

  • Park of Forgotten Stories

Take your children to the small park, curated by the Ludoteca Pologioco of San Marino. In this park is the place of art where statues and installations would take the young and old people into a world of legends and fairy tales. All inspired by the popular and historical heritage of San Marino and their fairy tales tradition. 

Interested? Click here! Park of Forgotten Stories

  • Museum of Curiosities

The kids would love to explore such unusual objects that will fill their minds of curiosities! The Republic of San Marino’s Museo delle Curiosità or Museum of Curiosities is one of the most entertaining and fascinating museums in the country. It comprises a collection of strange yet fascinating items and unique inventions, all a total of more than a hundred that came from the past centuries. All Items are displayed along with their stories. Along with that, there are also displays that feature unusual people. 

Interested? Click here! Museum of Curiosities

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VisitSanMarino. (n.d). Live Timeless Experiences. Retrieved from https://www.visitsanmarino.com/en/Esperienze.html

Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 27, 2021

Reasons to Visit the Beautiful Country of San Marino

By: Estelle Via Perello

The reason why most people love to travel is that they want to experience something that is unfamiliar to them, leaving them to create new skills and knowledge, or could practice their current interests. This could be learning a new language, being familiar with the aspects of a new culture, seeing a different way of doing things, gaining new perspectives, and having to attain self-fulfillment needs.
“With travelling, we are able to fulfill more of our nature as humans–to grow and broaden more of our horizons and at the same time, relax and have fun!“
With regards to choosing a destination where to travel, there are a lot of factors that travellers do consider. This includes their budget, the travel experience that they want, visas, language, infrastructure, culture, food, weather, accommodations, and lastly, their reasons to travel. With all this in mind, travellers are able to make decisions in order to fulfill their needs and make their travel worth it.
In this time of pandemic, there are a lot of restrictions with regards to travel and tourism in a lot of countries. Fortunately, as of the moment, there are some countries that are now back on track and at the same time are open for positive development even to other nationals. One of these countries is The Most Serene Republic of San Marino.

“Why San Marino?”


San Marino is already gradually recovering from Covid-19 by having most of their population be vaccinated against the virus. With that being said, the beautiful country now opens their territory to welcome all their visitors. They can now enjoy the sites that can be now visited, events that can be celebrated, and activities that can be enjoyed.
Tourists who travel and explore in Europe may consider having the small yet magnificent and cultured country be their next destination, to fulfill their needs as travellers because San Marino is a check in all factors. The country may even exceed the expectations!

Here are Why Travellers Must Visit the Beautiful Country of San Marino:

1. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

To know more about this, visit here

It is the pride of San Marino that their country is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This points out its breathtaking Mount Titano and their majestic Historical Centre. With this it includes the beautiful mountain peak, the astonishing fortification towers, bastions, gates, and walls. All of this makes San Marino an exceptional testimony to a living cultural tradition that has persisted over the last 700 hundred years.

“It is like Intramuros on top of a mountain!” – a tourist from the Philippines

2. You can get Vaccinated as a Tourist!

This is a thing that most tourists nowadays are looking for, especially those who haven’t got their vaccine. For positive development aside from their own, the Republic of San Marino has decided to combine vaccination campaigns with tourism. The country aims to offer vaccination to other nationals and at the same time support the decimated tourism sector. Because of this, San Marino got a boost in their tourism.
Here are the things that go along with this campaign:
● To offer two doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.
● An overnight stay of at least three nights twice in 21 days.

“When we heard about the news from San Marino, we booked right away” – tourists from Latvia.

To know more about this, visit here

3. There are no Border and Passport Controls!

When visiting San Marino, there are no border and passport control, so there are no passport stamps that are issued. However, tourists have the option to get souvenir passport stamps at the state tourism office which is considered by the authorities to be the official stamp.


If a person is a citizen from any Non-European country, they are required to have the Schengen visa before going to Europe – Italy (required), in order to freely go to San Marino. That also includes if you’re from the Philippines.

4. So Many Beautiful Museums, Churches, and Buildings!

When tourists visit the country of San Marino, they usually go to its capital “Città di San Marino” or “City of San Marino”. This is where the beautiful and historic museums, churches, castles, and iconic postcard-views of San Marino are located.


Here are the Must-Visit Places in San Marino!
● Three Fortresses of San Marino
● Basilica di San Marino
● Museo di Stato of San Marino
● Palazzo Pubblico ● Museum of Curiosities
● Centro Storico di San Marino
● Plazza della Liberta

To know more about some of this, visit here

5. They have Picturesque Medieval Streets!

The famous old town which is located in San Marino city is a captivating labyrinth of narrow medieval streets, where it is lined with souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants. The famous and magnificent medieval city is built on a Mountain. With that being said, expect that there are a lot of staircases and narrow passageways.

“There are many amazing treasures hiding behind each and every corner!” – Jurga from Full Suitcase.

6. The Country has a Beautiful all-year-round weather for travel!

San Marino is truly a year-round destination. There is really no bad time to visit San Marino. It has the typical mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers and mild to cool winters.
Here are the guides for San Marino’s seasons all year round!


● Spring (March – June)
The most pleasant weather in San Marino, having the max. temperature around 28°C and the lowest average around 9°C.

● Summer (June – September)
Temperature averages in between 20°C and 30°C. Evenings are cooler, not just in summer but all year round. If drawn to festivals and events, the month of July has many of them.


● Autumn (September – December)
Second best time to visit San Marino. Temperature averages between 14°C and 25°C. These are also the months when the sun hours decrease.


● Winter (December – March)
If you like snowy destinations, San Marino is beautiful to visit (with everything covered with snow). During winter, there are a lot of popular wedding and honeymoon destinations since It doesn’t snow much and the average temperature is between 5°C to 8°C. There are many Christmas-themed events and festivals in this season.
Curious about which is the best time? A recommended time to go to San Marino would be from April to June (Spring) or mid-September to end of October (Fall). During these months, the temperature of the country is at its most pleasant.

7. The Country has a lot of Social Events!

San Marino has a lot of social events that tourists all over the world, visiting in any season, would enjoy! Events would either be traditional, historical, political, religious, musicals, concerts, food, wine-tasting, sports, and a lot more!
Here are some of the annual events & festivals in San Marino!
● Investiture of New Captains Regent (April and September)
● San Marino World Motorcycle Championship (June)
● Adriatic Musical Festival (July)
● Medieval Days (July)
● San Marino Ethnological Festival (mid-July)
● San Marino Jazz Festival (July)
● San Marino’s Day (September)
● Marvels of Christmas (December)
To be updated on San Marino’s upcoming events, visit here

8. Shopping in San Marino would exceed your expectations!

In San Marino, there is so much to buy! The shopping culture in San Marino is surprisingly impressive, there are abundant traditional and modern souvenir products where tourists can choose from. Several products which are popular include: Ceramics, Stamps, Collectible Coins, and Iron Objects. Other products also available are perfumes, cigarettes, leather goods, jewelry, alcohol, retail fashion, handbags, designer items, etc.

All products have a cheap price (tax-free)! An exciting part of doing shopping in the country is that the goods in San Marino are tax-free making all tourists find products at a cheaper price than in Italy. These products are being sold at the malls and market up to 20% below their original price.

Travellers can shop anywhere! The shops across the country are open everyday of the week. The famous old town center is one of the busiest places when it comes to shopping, the shops there are generally stand-alone venues located along the streets. You can also visit the largest and most famous Borgo Maggiore Market, Azzurio Shopping Center, Centro Atlante, and the San Marino Factory Outlet.

9. The People there are Friendly!

The people of San Marino called the “Sammarinese” do take care of their relationships meaningfully. They show the same basic openness and friendliness found among the neighboring Italians. Because of this, they have the quality of great character where it is important to the success of their nation’s big tourism industry. They are accustomed to welcoming people all over the world.

10. There are tons of Traditional Dishes only made in San Marino that are a Must-try!

While having a close resemblance with the cuisine of Italy, San Marino has its own traditional and unique dishes made with their very own ingredients from their country and their own methods of cooking.


The thing that makes San Marino be distinct from having it influenced by other countries is that their agricultural products used in their dishes are all raised and harvested in their land. All being fresh and locally grown. This emphasizes products such as cheese, wine, pasta, and livestock. These products create a huge impact of making Sammarinese dishes distinct.

To know more about this, visit here

It is indeed exciting for how much San Marino has to offer to their visitors with open arms! If you’re a traveller or aspiring to travel, make the beautiful country of San Marino be your next destination! Pack your bags as soon as you can and get ready!

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 23, 2021

Must-Visit Historical Places in San Marino!

By: Estelle Via Perello

We all know now that the Most Serene Republic of San Marino’s Mount Titano and Historical Centre is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although the country may be small, it is fascinating how its people have great propelling force in preserving their culture, ways, traditions, and form of governance.

The Physical evidence of what they have treasured for are their Historical Sites. These are the beautiful museums, churches, castles, and buildings from iconic-postcard views; all built from the previous centuries in which up until today are still in function! 

With this being said, as San Marino is famous for their Tourism, they made these historical sights open for the public. All be able to see them in full sight and be fascinated by its medieval beauty and an influence of the fervent period of the Renaissance. This includes its internal and external structures, as well as the archaic items that can be seen inside… Wondering what these places are?

Today, we are going to talk about the must-visit places in Città di San Marino

Città di San Marino is the capital of the Republic of San Marino. The city is considered to be the oldest of the country as this is where its founder, San Marino stood and lived a life of a hermit in holy contemplation along with the initial christian community. Today, most of the beautiful, interesting, and historical places stood in this very city, where a lot of people are looking forward to visiting. 

Here are the 5 must-visit places in the Republic of San Marino!

1. Three Fortresses of San Marino

The Three Towers of San Marino is a famous site in the country that often attracts visitors. These towers are located on the ridges of Mount Titano and are depicted on the coat of arms and flag of San Marino.

When viewing from each of the towers, tourists can watch the stunning views of the coastal plain, Apennine Mountains, City of Rimini, and the far-stretched calming sea. All of the towers are connected with a paved path. In the lower part of the paved path, kiosks that sell souvenirs, drinks, and snacks can be found for visitors to purchase.

  • Guaita (1st tower from the 11th Century) – Also known as “La Rocca”. This tower is the oldest and the most famous of the three and was constructed to be used as a prison.
  • Cesta (2nd tower from the 13th Century) – Also known as “Falesia” or “Fratta”. This tower is located at the highest peak of Mount Titano. It is now home to a museum in honour of Saint Marinus, the founder of the country. 

Here, it showcases over “1,550 weapons” dating from the medieval era to the modern day.

  • Montale (3rd tower from the 14th Century) – This tower is the smallest of the three towers. It was both an observation tower and prison. In the 17th century, the tower played a key role in protecting San Marino during the war with the House of Malatesta. 

Unlike the other towers, this tower is not open for the public and it is privately owned.

To see pictures and more information about the three fortresses, visit: https://www.facebook.com/342783595808201/posts/3972175626202295/?d=n

2. Basilica di San Marino

The Basilica di San Marino is one of the well-known attractions in San Marino. It is a Catholic church that is considered to be the “main religious building in the country” as it is dedicated to the founder and the patron saint of San Marino, St. Marinus. This is also where the relics of St. Marinus are conserved. 

The basilica seen today was built in 1826 with a Neo-classical architecture style by Antonio Serra, an architect from Bologna. It is famous for its outer design of having a portico of Corinthian columns and a Massive bell tower with Romanic-style. 

An interesting part of this is that At the front entrance of the basilica, there is a portico in which a text is inscribed in Latin:

“DIVO. MARINO. PATRONO. ET. LIBERTATIS. AVCTORI. SEN. P.Q.,”

To translate it in English, it means: 

“St. Marinus, father of the Country, the Bearer of Freedom 

for the Senate and the People.”

To visit the Basilica, it is located at Piazzale Domus Plebis, right at the edge of the capital of the Republic of San Marino.

To see pictures and more information about the Basilica di San Marino, visit: https://www.facebook.com/342783595808201/posts/3999568293463028/?d=n

3. Museo di Stato of San Marino

The Museo di Stato, popularly known as the “National Museum of San Marino”, is an astonishing museum in which features stunning collections that belongs to the commencement of the Stone age period specifically the Neolithic era and Ancient ages such as the Roman era, Egyptian era, and the Etruscan era. 

Inside the Museum, there are about 5,000 items to find such as artworks, relics, and archaeological finds from the Prehistoric period until the Renaissance period, spread over 4 levels. All of these were donated from the private collections of Italian political and intellectual figures as an admiration to this fabulous museum.

To visit the Museo di Stato, it is located at the Piazzetta del Titano, housed in the beautiful Palazzo Pergami Belluzzi.

To see pictures and more information about the Museo di Stato, visit: https://www.facebook.com/342783595808201/posts/4013618985391292/?d=n

4. Palazzo Pubblico

The Palazzo Pubblico of San Marino is a well-known and worth-seeing town hall of the Citta di San Marino, having it known as the “official government building”. It is the heart of the political scene and history of San Marino. It can be visited for a fee.

This is usually where the official State ceremonies are being held. It is the seat of the Republic’s main institutional and administrative bodies: 

  • The Captains Regent 
  • The Grand and General Council 
  • The Council of XII 
  • The Congress of State

The overall design of this building is similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy but on a much smaller scale. To visit the Palazzo Pubblico, it is located at the Liberty Square in the heart of San Marino’s Historic Centre.

To see pictures and more information about the Palazzo Pubblico, visit: https://www.facebook.com/342783595808201/posts/4032659316820592/?d=n

5. Museum of Curiosities of San Marino

The Republic of San Marino’s Museo delle Curiosità or Museum of Curiosities is “one of the most entertaining and fascinating museums in the country”. Although not historical, some of its items are from centuries before.

It comprises a collection of strange yet fascinating items and unique inventions, all a total of more than a hundred that came from the past centuries. All Items are displayed along with their stories. Along with that, there are also displays that feature unusual people.

To visit the Museum of Curiosities, it is located in Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino.

To see pictures and more information about the Museum of Curiosities, visit: https://www.facebook.com/342783595808201/posts/4050907741662416/?d=n

It is indeed a great creation and work of art of how these structures are built, preserved, and still be in function… not just for the Sammarinese people but also for those who would love to visit the beautiful country as well.

Which of these famous historical places of the Republic of San Marino would you like to visit first?

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 21, 2021

Vaccination Tourism in San Marino

By: Estelle Via Perello

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of devastating effect especially on the tourism industry all over the world. However, some countries always find their own ways to overcome these bad situations. One of these countries is the Most Serene Republic of San Marino through its Vaccination Tourism Campaign.

What is it about?

For positive development, the Republic of San Marino has decided to combine vaccination campaigns with tourism. The country aims to offer vaccination to other nationals and at the same time support the decimated tourism sector.

In this context, the government of San Marino decided to:

  1. Offer two doses of the Sputnik V Vaccine
  2. An Overnight stay of at least three nights twice in 21 days.

What are the requirements to receive the Vaccine?

There is no need to worry about who would receive the vaccine because almost everyone is eligible. 

  1. Persons not resident in Italy and allowed to enter and move in San Marino according to the law in force.
  2. Aged between 18 and 84 years old.
  3. Persons not identified as being “clinically vulnerable”

What steps are to be followed?

Here are the guidelines according to the official tourism website of San Marino:

  1. Book two (2) stays at one of the accommodation facilities indicated in the list of hotels. Two periods of at least three consecutive nights each are required, with no less than 21 days and no more than 28 days in between the two stays

The first night shall not fall on a Saturday, and arrivals on a Friday, or on the day before a public holiday shall be before 12:00 (noon). Vaccination, which will be scheduled by the accommodation manager upon confirmation of the reservation, will be carried out on the day of arrival or the following day.

List of Hotel

2. Bear the cost of €50.00 for vaccination, which is apart from hotel accommodation.

This is an interesting strategy made by the country, by taking advantage of their small population and territory as well as their available resources. Because of this, a lot of people from all over the world started to book going to San Marino right away. 

For more information, visit:

https://www.visitsanmarino.com/en/contenuto/Vivi/Turismo_vaccinale.html

You can also learn about the Vaccination Tourism Regulation in this PDF:

https://www.visitsanmarino.com/en/dam/jcr:c7f6711c-5d2c-43f1-b706-5764c1ce420a/Vaccination%20tourism%20%20regulationUT%20.pdf

Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 16, 2021

San Marino Culture Series: Sammarinese Life

By Estelle Via Perello

In this very small country of the Republic of San Marino, we have known this beautiful country for their historical sites and greatly preserved culture. A lot of us may be curious–”How do the people from San Marino live their life in that small country?”. 

In today’s culture series, we are going to go all throughout the life of the Sammarinese people.

The life in San Marino is of high standards in terms of health, security, education, and environmental protection. Additionally, having a very low crime rate. This makes the most serene republic a heaven for many people because of the quality of life that the people living there are having.
Presently, San Marino is aiming to increasingly propose itself as a “model state” in terms of sustainable development that is inspired by having utmost respect in its own territory and resources. Here are the following aspects of a Sammarinese life.

Population in San Marino

    The current population of San Marino based on the latest United Nations is estimated for about 33,900 as of 2021. Its rank is 218 in the list of countries and dependencies by populations, making it one of the smallest countries in the world. Today its population density is 566 per Km2 (having a total land area of 60Km2). 97.1% of the population is living in urban areas.

The Language of the Sammarinese

    The official of San Marino is Italian. Since the Sammarinese are mostly from the Italian ancestry, it is spoken by all of them. However, their Italian is very distinctive, having certain words and phrases that are unique to San Marino. Many Sammarinese also speak in dialect particularly of the Romagna, the region of Italy where San Marino is located. 

The Religion of the Sammarinese

    Having their founder as a Saint, the country is predominantly Catholic state having Roman Catholicism as the religion of almost all the Sammarinese people. There are ceremonies that mark many official occasions which are held in the country’s churches.  There are also a minority of Jewish and Protestant in the country. 

The Major Holidays that they Celebrate

    The Sammarinese people observe the standard holidays in the Christian calendar just like any other country that has Roman Catholicism as their major religion. These holidays include:

  • The Epiphany (January 6)
  • Easter and Easter Monday (in March or April)
  • The Ascension Day (in May)
  • The Assumption Day (August 15)
  • Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • Christmas (December 25)

Meanwhile, Legal days in San Marino are:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Labor Day (May 1)
  • August Bank Holiday (August 14 to 16)
  • All Saints’ Day (November 1)
  • Commemoration of the Dead (November 2)

The Sammarinese people also have their 5 national holidays in which they observe important historical or political events. These are:

  • The 1740 Military victory (February 5)
  • The Anniversary of Arengo (March 25)
  • The investiture of Captain Regent (April 1 and October 1, every year)
  • Feast Day of San Marino and the anniversary of the country’s founding (September 3)

Sammarinese’ Rites of Passage

The Republic of San Marino is a Catholic country, that’s why many of the rites of passage of young Sammarinese undergo religious ceremonies such as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage. 

In addition to this, in terms of education, just like any other culture in the world, a student’s progress through the education system is marked by many families with graduation parties.

Relationships

    People of San Marino do take care of their relationships meaningfully. They show the same basic openness and friendliness found among the neighboring Italians. Because of this, they have the quality of great character where it is important to the success of their nation’s big tourism industry. They are accustomed to welcoming people all over the world.

Another thing is that they have great respect towards the elderly in which is considered as an important social tradition. 

Family Life

People of San Marino are also family-centered. Here are some of the things that Sammarinese people do in their family life:

  • In terms of marriage, there are approximately eight marriages per one thousand and its divorce rate is very low. 
  • If older family members are no longer able to care for themselves, they usually live with their younger relatives.
  • Children often continue to live at home with their parents into adulthood. They usually move out and start their independence one their higher education is completed and as they start their own families. 

Family life in San Marino is given importance in terms of government. They provide financial allowances to families with children

The Sammarinese Clothing

    Just like any other countries in Europe, especially on the western side, the Sammarinese wear a modern Western-style clothing. 

However, during their cultural events and ceremonies they have brightly colored costumes that are connected to their traditions:

  • The young members of the flag bearers’ – they wear brightly colored tights, black boots, and loosely fitting colored shirts that go along with black belts.
  • The honor guards of the Captain Regent – they wear black uniforms with gold trim, their trousers have gold stripes, and they wear high plumed hats that have blue and white feathers.

The Sammarinese Food

    The Sammarinese people’s enjoyment of food is considered to be an important part of their lifestyle. The meals that they have are a daily part of their family life and socializing that’s why they have a great, detailed, and unique taste especially when preparing their meals. The food that they eat is considered to them as traditional as it comes from their own methods of cooking made with their very own ingredients locally produced in the country. 

Generally in San Marino, they’re diet usually goes with homemade pastas, cheese, and meat. They also have delicious traditional sweets that are inspired by their very own Mount Titano, and along with that they have a very distinct red and white wine from their very own land which goes along in any type of cuisine in the world.  

To find out more about the Sammarinese Cuisine, click here.

Education

    The educational system in the Republic of San Marino is based on the system of Italy. Attending school is mandatory among the young Sammarinese people of ages between six and sixteen. 

Those who graduated high school, after taking a qualifying exam, may attend colleges and universities in Italy, or at the Università degli Studi della Repùbblica di San Marino which offers graduate and postgraduate studies.

Employment

    The unemployment rate of San Marino is very low. San Marino’s economy relies heavily on tourism, banking, manufacturing, and exporting of goods. Most of the Sammarinese have their jobs based on those industries. Majority on tourism and manufacturing, and a small portion from farming. In farming, they are rich in their agricultural activities such as growing barley, corn, vegetables, grapes and other fruits, as well as raising livestock. 

Health Care

    The life expectancy of the Sammarinese people is 83.4 years old. In San Marino, they are able to provide an extremely high standard of healthcare. This makes the country consistently rated as one of the top three healthcare providers in Europe. 

The Sammarinese people’s healthcare is funded and provided with a low cost through a network of clinics and a small hospital. There is also private healthcare available in the country. All citizens and those registered as long term residents of the country are entitled by the country’s law to equal access to healthcare. 

Social Security

To learn more about San Marino’s healthcare, click here.

    The Sammarinese people benefit greatly from its social security. There is social insurance available to the Sammarinese elderly and disabled. Additionally, there are also survivorship benefits for the unemployed and the widowed (even though the unemployment rate is very low).

Entertainment and Recreation

    Aside from having busy lives, a lot of Sammarinese give their time to enjoy entertainment and their recreational activities. With sports, many are athletes and enthusiasts especially to popular games such as football, basketball, and volleyball. 

Learn more about the Sports in San Marino here.

In addition to the variety of sports and outdoor activities, the Sammarinese enjoy socializing at cafe’s, shopping, attending movies, concerts, and plays. Some with great taste for the visual arts stroll around their magnificent museums and churches to view their beautiful fine art and sculptures.

To summarize this, these are the different aspects of the Sammarinese Life, in which in great pride have been able to maintain such serenity for more than six centuries despite being a small nation landlocked by Italy. As a result of this, it has been stated that the Sammarinese are able to live in freedom and security with great sustainability in all aspects.

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 12, 2021

San Marino Culture Series: Sports

By: Estelle Via Perello

Playing sports in our lives is very important. It is very essential for our growth and development, not only as individuals but as a team, community, and society. This competitive physical activity is what makes societies healthy and fit while building strong communities and boosting morale and values.

In this San Marino Culture Series, we are going to talk about the Sports in the Republic of San Marino.

The country of San Marino, just like any other, also has their favorite sports of their own which is football, volleyball, and basketball. These sports are the most popular in the country and have their own federations; the San Marino Football Federation, the San Marino Basketball Federation, and the San Marino Football Federation. 

Along with this, San Marino also enjoys other sports. Let’s check out each of these games altogether!

Soccer (Football)

This is the most popular sport in the country having the San Marino National team in which was organized the National Championship Cup, the Federal Trophy (Super Cup), and the Titano Cup. 

This national team has been taking part in international competitions ever since the year 1986, in which it is its unofficial debut having been defeated by the Canadian Team (1-0). The first official outing on November 14, 1990, also ended in a 4-0 defeat by the National Swiss Team. With this, a pattern was already established back then. San Marino’s national team isn’t considered as one of the strongest among Europe. 

“However, in San Marino it is not about the glory and money to them but the passion and love for the beautiful game.” 

Aside from being one of the lowest ranks in the nationals, a very spectacular and ironic episode has happened among San Marino’s national soccer team; a player named David Gualteri have goaled during the match against England on November 17, 1993 after only 8 seconds of play, this makes the fastest goal in soccer history. Andy Selva is considered as the country’s best scorer with 8 goals in which he scored from 1998 until now, he has the most appearances for San Marino. Another is Massimo Bonini who was also one of the famous soccer players in which later in his career he became the coach of the National Team. 

Home games are all platey the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle where the San Marino’s National Team plays its games at–having the capacity of seven thousand. This is also where the football club San Marino Calcio plays its games. It is the country’s best club by far competing in the Italian league system and considered as San Marino’s only professional football club. 

All other amateur soccer clubs play in the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio anamateur league competition for football clubs located at the only level of the Sammarinese football league system. The most successful amateur clubs are Tre Fiori having 7 titles, followed by current champions: La Fiorita, Folgore, and Domagnano who have all four titles. All that something that they are proud of.

Basketball

    The country of San Marino also has great energy and enthusiasm towards the sport of Basketball, having their own San Marino National Basketball team. Both the national team and the internal league are all organized under the San Marino Basketball Federation, which was founded in the year 1968. 

Volleyball

In San Marino, there is an annual international basketball tournament held every summer which is called the San Marino Basketball Cup.

    Just like in Basketball, San Marino also enjoys Volleyball, having the San Marino Volleyball Federation. It is the governing body of volleyball and beach volleyball in the country, forming in the year 1980 thanks to the initiative of some teachers, fans, and athletes. It organizes the internal league and the San Marino National Volleyball Team.

The San Marino Volleyball Federation has been a member of the International Volleyball Federation since 1986 where San Marino takes part in the B1 Series of the Italian Male Championship and in C Series of the Female Championship. 

They have received great significant results in the games of the small European states and Beach volleyball where Alfredi and Francesco Tabarini stood out among others

Baseball

    As for the sports of baseball, San Marino has a successful baseball team called T & A San Marino which plays in the top division of the Italian professional baseball, the Serie A1, the Italian Baseball League. The team also participated in the European Cup Tournament for top professional baseball teams several times–being the champion in 2006 and was a runner-up in 2010. 

Motorsport

    San Marino also enjoys motorsports in which it is a sport that involves the racing of motor vehicles, especially cars and motorcycles. 

Unfortunately, accidents occurred especially in the Formula One race, the San Marino Grand Prix (named after the state) was held in Imola Italy, 100km northwest of San Marino. Racer Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna suffered a fatal crash a day apart during the 1994 Grand Prix. The international event was removed from the calendar in 2007. 

Moreover, in the year 2007 the San Marino Motor-cycling Grand Prix returned to the Misano Autodrome World Circuit in Misano Adriatico, locality at the foot of Mount Titano. There are notable two Sammarinese drivers who competed in the world championship races: Manuel Poggiali, winner of two world titles and Alex De Angelis.

Cycling

    There are also Sammarinese who enjoy competing in Cycling races. In the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) Stage Races, San Marino has one various stages: the 1997 ç was won by Pavel Tonkov, the 1998 stage was then won by Andre Noè, and the 1999 Women’s Italian Tour Stage Race was won by Daniela Veronesi.

A lot of people participate in the popular bicycle race Placci Cup. This takes place every September starting from San Marino to Imola in Bologna,Italy. 

Shooting Sports

There are also Sammarinese who have won competitions related to shooting. It is with great pride for San Marino that its people are competitive when it comes to shooting sports. 

  • In the Prone Carabine Speciality of the Olympic Games 1984 in Los Angeles, Francesco Nanni obtained 5th place. 
  • In the Trap Shoot Competition in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), Emanuela Felici placed 7th.
  • In the Skeet Shooting in Athens, Francesco Amici obtained the 7th place.
  • In the X edition of the Mediterranean Games in Syria in 1987, Gian Nicola Berti won a Silver Medal in Skeet Shooting.
  • In the XII edition, Stefano Selva arrived second in Skeet Shooting.
  • In the XV edition in Almeria, Daniela Del Din won a Silver Medal in Skeet Shooting.

Rugby Union

The country also has a San Marino team that represents its nation in the International Rugby Union, and is also the member of its board there. The Rugby Club San Marino also plays in the Italian Leagues.

Altogether, the Sammarinese enjoyed a lot of these sports, gathering together forming teams and clubs, always appreciating the beauty of each sport, and at the same time having their own ways in making their small country proud. 

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 9, 2021

San Marino Culture Series: Traditional Crafts

By: Estelle Via Perello

The making of Craft art has been around for centuries all over the world. Generally made from raw materials, this assembly of hand-made goods involves making items with great skills, personal creativity, and expression into something that is valued as a piece of workmanship which is not only attractive but can also be useful as well. This involves a variety of art forms: Sculpting, Metal work, Textiles, Woodcraft, Papercraft, Pottery and Glass crafts, Jewelry, etc. 

In today’s San Marino Culture Series, we’re going to talk about traditional crafts made in the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.

San Marino is praised for their craftsmanship as their craftsmen and artisans have been using ancient techniques to make valuable local crafts for many centuries.  It is spectacular how Sammarinese preserve their rich heritage and culture by passing down these special skills from generations to generations. 

These valuable local crafts that are made have thrived more because of San Marino’s tourism industry as these works are sold in many of the markets across the country. These works of art are enjoyed by a lot of visitors in the country and have enjoyed purchasing them along with having all products be tax-free. 

San Marino Ceramics

Ceramics is considered as one of the country’s major industries. The pottery of San Marino are inspired and done in both medieval designs and contemporary styles. Plates, tiles, and frames that are from workshops and shops are all hand-painted which represents the history and legend of San Marino. In most cases, these works bear the official symbols such as the coat of arms and crest, mount titano, the three fortresses, and Saint Agata. 

San Marino Sculpting and Stone Carving

The patron saint, San Marino was a stonemason in which this is the reason why Sammarinese values stone-working. The region’s white sandstone is usually quarried then carved into beautiful statues, building stones, friezes, and other objects. Stone-work in San Marino has been in practice since the ancient times. 

San Marino Metal Work

San Marino also does traditional production of items through metal work. Materials usually used are copper and wrought-iron, glass and precious metals made into souvenir goods such as keychains, plates, decorations, and many other metal crafts. 

San Marino Coins and Stamps 

Speaking of metal crafts, coins in San Marino along with their stamps are produced in a truly unique and prestigious way. Just like their ceramics, they also put designs in which are artistically done to depict significant events and personalities in the country. Specifically, all are designed to pay tribute to the cultural, political, and historical events and personalities which are significant to the country, Europe, and to the whole world. 

With all these picturesque designs and uniqueness, coins and stamps in San Marino are widely sought by a lot of philatelic and numismatic enthusiasts and collectors all over the world. 

Other Traditional Crafts of San Marino 

There are many other traditional crafts that are made locally in San Marino, having it all become traditional souvenirs for visitors to collect and enjoy. These are ranging from treasures, like gold and silver items, to the mementos of the past, such as crossbows and precision materials. 

Along with that paintings, wood carving, tile work, leather goods, jewelry, refined lace and embroidery, and textiles are also traditional crafts in San Marino which are showcased in street corners and piazzas. 

Artigianato Sammarinese

Due to the legacy that the Republic of San Marino has in terms of their crafts, they established the Artigianato Sammarinese (Designation of Origin and Typicality) in the year 1995. It is established to upgrade and promote the traditional production of such items.

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Posted by: Consulate of the Republic of San Marino | June 6, 2021

San Marino Culture Series: Sammarinese Cuisine

By: Estelle Via Perello

There are many types of cuisine here in the world in which different countries have their own style and method of cooking. These are made with distinct ingredients, local to the country or through trade, and traditional techniques that are connected with a particular culture. All of this combined, it makes special dishes that are unique to a country or particular region.

In this culture series, we’re going to talk all about Sammarinese Cuisine.

With a country so small yet deeply embedded in its traditional ways for centuries, many of you who are reading today might be curious about the food that is eaten and made in the Republic of San Marino. 

“What is Sammarinese Cuisine?”

“What makes Sammarinese cuisine different from others?”

“What are the common cooking styles and techniques that are used in Sammarinese Cuisine?”

“What are the most popular must try Sammarinese Cuisine?”

Many questions might be going on in your heads and today, we will answer all of that.

What is Sammarinese Cuisine?

The Sammarinese cuisine is a specific method of Mediterranean cooking which is done in the Republic of San Marino. Due to the position of the country being completely landlocked by Italy, San Marino’s cuisine is very similar to the Italian’s–involving pastas, gnocchi, ravioli’s, pizzas, and all other dishes that the Italian cuisine has to offer. Aside from that, Sammarinese cuisine also has seafood added such as fish, lobster, shrimp, and crab in dishes combined with those Italian specialties. The cuisine is also influenced by the French in which they also add a variety of cheese and white breads in dishes.

What makes Sammarinese Cuisine different from others?

While having a close resemblance with the cuisine of Italy, San Marino has its own traditional and unique dishes made with their very own ingredients from their country and their own methods of cooking. 

The thing that makes San Marino be distinct from having it influenced by other countries is that their agricultural products used in their dishes are all raised and harvested in their land. All being fresh and locally grown. This emphasizes products such as cheese, wine, pasta, and livestock. These products create a huge impact of making Sammarinese dishes distinct.

With those being said especially as cheese as one of their primary agricultural products, the Sammarinese are well known for their cheese making and olive oil pressing skills wherein in fact, in the year 1899, they had three exhibitions at the Paris World’s Fair. 

What are the Common Preparation Methods used in Sammarinese Cooking? 

Enjoyment of food is an important part of the lifestyle in San Marino, as meals are a daily part of family life and socializing that is why in their cooking, they always point out that attention to detail is important:

  • Cooking with the right amount of spices is essential.
  • The balancing between the colors and proportion is given effort as visual attractiveness is important in Sammarinese cuisine.
  • As meat is one of the main elements of most San Marino dishes, these are often cured (preserved) first before cooking into making a dish. An example of this is smoked hams are often part of the delicious dishes.

In traditional dishes in San Marino, each has a special cooking method in which is more or less general in the regions of San Marino.

What are the most popular must try Sammarinese Dishes?

These are the list of traditional dishes that are a must-try if you want a taste of delicious food made in the Republic of San Marino.

They also are very proud of their three towers, located on the three peaks of Monte Titano.  So it is not surprising that they named their desserts after them.  Torta Titano and Torta tre Monte, are just a couple of cakes inspired by them.

San Marino also produces high quality wines which is considered as some if Europe’s most distinctive wines, the most famous of which are the Sangiovese, a strong red wine; and the Biancale, a dry white wine.

With all this being said in our San Marino Culture Series: Sammarinese Cuisine, what do you think are the dishes that you want to try out? Comment down below. 😋

We hope that next time we can have a great taste from the Most Serene Republic of San Marino! 🍽️

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