San Marino Dreamland

Similar to the Vatican City, the Republic of San Marino is like a tiny land-locked island surrounded by the sea that is Italy. And at just 24 square miles, with a population of around 30,000 people, it’s a tiny island at that.

IMG_2359IMG_2361IMG_2362Yet while San Marino may be the third smallest country in the world, it’s big on history. In fact, it claims to be the ‘oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world’, with its foundation dating back to 301 AD.

IMG_2364IMG_2365IMG_2366San Marino is situated on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, which run down the spine of Italy. The ancient citadel within the actual City of San Marino is perched at an elevation over 2400 feet, on the lofty summit of Monte Titano (Mount Titan). Together, the fortifications and mountain are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

IMG_2367IMG_2369IMG_2372Unsurprisingly, the historic towers along the walls of the City of San Marino normally command impressive vistas down towards Rimini and the Adriatic, just 10 miles away across the coastal plain.

IMG_2375IMG_2376IMG_2377But on the evening we arrived, in the interior of the Old Town you could barely see your hand in front of your face, thanks to one of the thickest fogs I’ve ever encountered. It was as if the whole mountain top had been transported into the interior of cloud. Wandering around the deserted streets was like an eerie dream, I can tell you!

IMG_2380IMG_2381IMG_2382This post was inspired by the themes Dreamy from Michelle (of the Daily Post) and Interior from Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?).

IMG_2383IMG_2384IMG_2385If you’ve enjoyed these spooky scenes of San Marino, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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27 Responses to San Marino Dreamland

  1. Beautiful and indeed dreamy 🙂

  2. Tvor says:

    Oddly enough, it was pretty much this foggy the day we got to San Marino via a bus tour, too! Driving up the mountain was clear but by the time we got into SM, there were no views to speak of and the fog was as in your photos. It did make for an eerie, dreamy feeling. Sky was clear as a bell in the morning!

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    You have some terrific dreamy foggy photos. 🙂

  4. Max510 says:

    Great interpretation !
    Ciao ciao

  5. Lynne Ayers says:

    That fog and your expertise produced some really beautiful images.

  6. Leya says:

    Really beautiful! My favourite is the second one!

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely captures all, I’m with Leya, the second shot really called to me!

  8. Sue says:

    These are really cool. Remind me of old movies shot in Lindon, tracking Jack the Ripper. Spooky!

  9. jpeggytaylor says:

    A wonderful misty dreamy trip around a fascinating place! We were just talking about where precisely San Marino was when they were playing England at football earlier this week 😉 … fabulous photos and so interesting to learn more about this tiny country 🙂

  10. Fascinating – and perfect timing … Watching England play San Marino in Euro Cup Qualifying, I had to look for San Marino on a map to find exactly where the country is – and – bingo! – you provide pics to go with location. Thank you. Stunningly atmospheric pics, too.

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  12. Dreamy or maybe creepy, depending on how you feel. I’ll bet it’s great during the day.


  13. dunelight says:

    Magical dreams indeed. 🙂

  14. Sam says:

    Great pics! Nice post also. Certainly a country that is overlooked due to its small size and population! Makes me want to go more 🙂

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