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San Marino

San Marino

Etymology

San Marino, the world’s fifth-smallest state, claims to be the world’s oldest surviving republic. According to legend, San Marino was founded in 301 AD when a Christian stonemason known only via the single name: Marinus (lit. of the sea), later venerated as Saint Marinus, emigrated in 297 AD from the Dalmatian island of Rab, then a Roman colony, when the emperor Diocletian issued a decree calling for the reconstruction of the city walls of Rimini which had been destroyed by Liburnian pirates. Marinus later became a Deacon and was ordained by Gaudentius, the Bishop of Rimini; shortly after, he was recognised and accused by an insane woman of being her estranged husband, whereupon he quickly fled to Monte Titano (Mount Titan, the highest of San Marino’s peaks, itself surrounded by hills) to build a chapel-monastery and live as a hermit. There he built a chapel and monastery. Later, the State of San Marino would bud from the centre created by this monastery. Living in geographical isolation from the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians at the time, the mountain people were able to live peaceful lives. When the settlement of fearful mountain people was eventually discovered, the owner of the land, Felicissima, a sympathetic lady of Rimini, bequeathed it to the small Christian community of mountain dwellers, recommending to them to remain always united. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Movimento 5 stelle San Giovanni – We welcome the meetup of the Movement 5 Stars in San Giovanni in Marignano. This association of free citizens has no color it ‘political ideology, but simply to propose ideas to stimulate discussions and initiatives that can bring benefits to the people and to Marignanese territory. [meetup]

Movimento 5 Stelle – Morciano di Romagna – This Meetup is the official platform of the citizens of Morciano di Romagna group for 5 Stars. And it has as its purpose is to ensure an exchange of views and a democratic debate outside of associative links and parties. [meetup]

Meetup 5 Stelle Verucchio – For too long we have the illusion that by voting delegates had as its goal the remedy injustices, today they are the injustice! Disgust turns heads but is useless and does not resolve. [meetup]

Table of Poetry in Rimini – An evening of poetry for those who want to read, write and share poetry with others! I am an American poet here in Rimini for the summer and I invite you to come to me every Tuesday night at 20:30 to Rose Suite Hotel for a drink ‘wine and write a little’ poetry. You do not have to be professionals. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

European Dating – Our free service (no credit card needed) is constantly growing base of users from European Union (and other countries usually called as Europe) who are looking for their love, want to get married or just find friends all over the world! [eudating.site]

Love Awake – LoveAwake.com is a 100% free San Marino dating site where you can make friends or find true love online. Join one of the best place for lonely people among other dating websites and meet attractive single men and women from any part of San Marino. Meeting daters at our website is totally 100% free of charge. [love awake]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Italy Rome Tour – Republic of San Marino Perched on the Apennine Mountains, specifically in Mount Titano among Emilia Romagna region and Marche region, there is a land that is not Italy; it is the Republic of San Marino. This microstate, more precisely, is the oldest surviving constitutional republic of the world. [italy rome tour]

San Marino Tourist Guides – Consorzio San Marino 2000 of the Republic of San Marino boasts more than 30 partners including hotels, restaurants, catering and transport services and it has several years of experience in booking and marketing of holiday packages and offers related to local events. [guides san marino]

Tours By Locals – Experience San Marino through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour ‘suggestions’ – each can be customized just for you. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Basilica di San Marino – This Neo-classical basilica was built in the early 19th century on the foundations of a fourth-century Romanesque church, also dedicated to San Marino (St. Marinus), which had been abandoned. The interior is classic basilica style, with a long nave and two side aisles lined with altars. [planet ware]

Coin and Stamp Museum – For stamp collectors worldwide, San Marino means beautiful postage stamps, and philatelists can admire a complete collection in this museum housed in the church at Borgo Maggiore. Along with the stamps issued by the republic since the mid-19th century are coins, which San Marino began minting in 1862. [planet ware]

Fortresses – Three fortresses – Guaita, Cesta, and Montale – crown the long ridge of Mount Titano, each with a tower from which there are splendid views of the Apennines, the coastal plain, Rimini, and the sea as far as the Dalmatian coast. These are linked by a paved path, the lower part of which is lined with kiosks selling snacks, drinks, and souvenirs, giving the mountain top the air of a carnival. [planet ware]

Maranello Rosso Ferrari Museum – The Vintage Car Museum at the foot of Mount Titano houses a collection of automobiles relating to the history, life, and cars of Enzo Ferrari and Carlo Abarth. You’ll find sports cars, Formula 1, and cars belonging to famous people, including the first Ferrari Spyder designed by Pininfarina and owned by Marilyn Monroe. Among the 25 Ferrari cars dating from 1951 to the present is the most famous of all, the 250 GTO Red that won three World Championships. [planet ware]

Museo delle Armi Moderne (Museum of Modern Weapons) – Displayed in the Palazzo Manzoni Borghese, opposite the Basilica of San Marino, are more than 2,000 examples of firearms, ammunition, and bayonets used in World War I and World War II. Along with Italian and other European arms are those from elsewhere in the world. [planet ware]

Museo di Stato (National Museum) – This excellent museum in the historic Palazzo Pergami Belluzzi shows archaeological collections beginning with Neolithic Age artifacts and later Etruscan and Roman finds, and includes Egyptian antiquities, Byzantine icons, 17th-century paintings, and antique San Marino coins. [planet ware]

Museum of Curiosities – Certainly one of the quirkiest and most entertaining museums you’ll see is this collection of strange objects and peculiar inventions and their stories. In the collection of about 100 objects are 60-centimeter-tall wooden clogs designed to wear during Venice’s high waters, the world’s longest fingernails, a 1700s German mousetrap, a trap for fleas, a 17th-century hand-pumped shower, a “nose watch” that works by creating smoke of different scents each hour, and silver covers to protect the long fingernails of Chinese Mandarins. [planet ware]

Museum of the Agricultural Culture and Traditions – It may seem odd to find a fully restored and furnished farmhouse museum in a tiny principality that clings to a cliff-top, but San Marino is very proud of its long agricultural heritage. The House of Fabrica in Montecchio is one of the oldest patronal houses, dating from the mid-1700s at least. Restored to its original state and furnished to recreate the daily lives of farm families in the villages around Mount Titano, the museum seeks to preserve something of the traditions and customs of rural life. [planet ware]

Palazzo Pubblico and Piazza della Liberta – The Neo-gothic style Government House (Palazzo Pubblico) with its square crenelated tower was designed by the architect Francesco Azzurri in the late 1800s and built of stone quarried on Mount Titano. The facade is decorated with coats-of-arms of the Republic and its four municipalities, and inside, a staircase leads to the Council Hall on the top floor. [planet ware]

Wax Museum – The 100 wax figures in the museum represent significant historical characters, each dressed in the clothing of their day and arranged in scenes, often with other contemporaries. Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler are shown meeting, Jacqueline Kennedy is shown in audience with Pope John XXIII, and Giuseppe Garibaldi is at the bedside of his dying wife, Anita. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Adriatic Music Festival – The Adriatic Music Festival is held in the month of July, welcoming thousands of tourists and musicians from across the globe. Many of the performances throughout the several-day event take place in the public squares and pedestrian streets of San Marino City. Tourists are advised to book accommodation before arriving into San Marino for the event. Some tourists actually stay in the nearby towns of Italy, such as Rimini. [iexplore]

Investiture of the New Captains Regent – Held in the months of April and September every year, the interesting Investiture of the new Captains Regent is held outside Government Palace. It celebrates the installation of the Heads of State, and follows a very strict but intriguing protocol. Tourists who are visiting San Marino on the first of September or April should visit Piazza della Liberta for this celebration. [iexplore]

Marvels of Christmas – The Marvels of Christmas is one of the most important events on the local calendar. The market/fair is operated over the course of a few weeks, from December 1 to January 6. Inside the Marvels of Christmas, dozens of tables and stalls are set up to sell local food, and handicrafts. [iexplore]

Medieval Days – If tourists are interested in medieval history, then traveling to San Marino during the summer month of July is recommended. During this month, the Medieval Days festival is held. The local citizens, especially shop owners in the historic old town, dress up in medieval costume, and many ancient events take place. The most popular is the crossbow competition held in the main square. [iexplore]

San Marino Ethnological Festival – San Marino’s Mt Titano becomes the center of world ethnological culture through the San Marino Ethnological Festival. Since the year 1988, a long list of people from diverse cultures have traveled to San Marino to take part in this festival, including Amazon Jungle performances and even local Thai performances. The event occurs across a complete week in mid-July. [iexplore]

San Marino Jazz Festival – The beauty of jazz music is on display for tourists and locals at the San Marino Jazz Festival. Held over three days in July, this majestic festival lures in many world-famous jazz artists and jazz bands. The festival is actually held in the city of Borgo Maggiore, but tourists can literally stay anywhere in the republic and reach the festival in no time at all. [iexplore]

San Marino World Motorcycle Championship – Even though the event is held in the nearby track at Misano in Italy, the San Marino World Motorcycle Championship is still part of the republic’s calendar. The race is held in the month of June, and thousands of visitors flock to the republic to witness it. [iexplore]

San Marino’s Day – On September 3 each year, the republic celebrates the founding of the San Marino Republic hundreds of years ago. There are plenty of activities to experience and witness on this day, including crossbow events, flag waving competitions, and a beautiful concert by the military. Of course, the fireworks display is simply outstanding, luring the attention of locals and visitors alike. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – The nation of San Marino is small, so there are only a limited number of public transportation options. Nevertheless, taxis are always available, and reliable as well. There are more than half a dozen taxi companies operating inside San Marino. Tourists who enter the country from an Italian province may do so in an Italian-based taxi as well. Taxis are not overly expensive, simply because they never travel far enough to clock up expensive fares. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There is a limited bus network operating at San Marino. However, the buses in the republic run between San Marino City and Rimini (a nearby coastal town in Italy). There are more than half a dozen runs per day, and the return journey generally takes anywhere between 40 and 50 minutes. Buses stop at some 20 different destinations in San Marino and near Rimini, so tourists can use this option for getting around parts of the republic. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

OpenTechSchool Romagna – OpenTechSchool is a community initiative offering free programming workshops and meetups to technology enthusiasts of all genders, backgrounds, and experience levels. It supports volunteer coaches in setting up events by taking care of the organizational details, encouraging coaches to create original teaching material. [meetup]

Pesaro Pythonic Hack Club – I created this group in hopes of meeting other enthusiasts, like me, of computer science and programming. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Rimini-English-Club – Welcome to Rimini English Club, a group created for all those people who really need to practise and improve their english. We can do it in front of a drink, in a totally relaxed atmosphere! The group is open to everyone with a basic language skills but also to native english speakers, who can practise their italian. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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