San Marino

San Marino

The Most Serene Republic of San Marino
Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino

Founded about A.D. 350, San Marino is the oldest republic in the world.

For centuries it has managed to avoid the wars and feuds on the Italian peninsula. San Marino has survived attacks by other Italian city-states, the Napoleonic Wars, the unification of Italy, and two world wars without losing land or its identity.

Although San Marino is not an official European Union member, it is allowed to use the euro as its currency by virtue of arrangements with the council of the European Union.

The tourist sector contributes over 50% of San Marino's income, with more than 3.3 million tourists per year. Other key industries are banking, electronics, and ceramics. The main agricultural products are wine and cheese.


Taking the Funicular into the bowl rimmed by mountains that is San Marino.