One of the things I liked about San Marino was the unofficial name of the country: The Most Serene Republic of San Marino. I also had found out that it maintains diplomatic relations with the Vatican and Monaco, which conjured up some images of ambassadors having tea together discussing the respective qualities of the countries they represented…
When I left Pieve Santo Stefano, I was mentally prepared for a hard day’s work and that proved to be true. In the beginning I had to climb to the Via Maggio Pass, then gentle cycling through the Marecchi Valley, and in the end some more climbing because the Most Serene Republic of San Marino is also the Most Mountainous Republic of San Marino… Still, I was surprised to find out that I could easily see the Adriatic Sea in the distance.
In the Most Serene Republic of San Marino I took residence in the San Marino Hostel which had a nice toilet:
Some of the most useless things to buy in San Marino are poststamps as they can only be used to get mail delivered within the country.
The National Palace is guarded and the Changing of the Guards is every hour on the half hour until september. The National Palace doesn’t need guarding in the winter it is thought.
The first day I walked all over the city of San Marino and I found it most satisfying. In the afternoon it gets very busy with tourists arriving from nearby Rimini.
The second day I did some laundry and then charged my laptop as I was having a nap.
From San Marino I will continue to Italy, which will not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever seen a map of San Marino.