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.
Yet 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.
San 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.
But 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!
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