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    Hidden away in the Apennine Mountains and surrounded by Italy, San Marino is the smallest state in Europe. Also the oldest republic in the world, its origins date back to AD 301 when founded by a Christian stonemason fleeing religious persecution.

    Perched on the slopes of Monte Titano, the City of San Marino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking through its alleyways and narrow streets will reward visitors with some unique discoveries and old-world architecture.

    Travellers can explore the medieval city's interesting past and culture in the historic centre, or visit the Three Towers of San Marino, situated on the three peaks of Monte Titano with views of the lush countryside.

    Other attractions include the Gothic Palazzo Pubblico and colourful fortress guards at Piazza della Libertà. Sacred art adorns the St Francis Museum while compelling stories wait at the Museum of Emigration. The Basilica di San Marino is awe-inspiring while nearby villages like Serravalle and Valdragone make pleasant day trips.

    San Marino boasts a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, sunny summers, providing the perfect environment to explore this truly magical country. San Marino is safe with very little crime, but visitors should be aware of petty theft and pickpockets.

    Although there are no major health risks associated with travelling to San Marino, visitors should have comprehensive medical insurance. San Marino has no airport of its own, but travellers can fly into Rimini, just 12 miles (20km) away.

    Sample some of the country's Limoncello and fine wine, or relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of (Cake of the Three Mountains) and watch the world go by in this beautiful, verdant mountain country.

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    Language:

    The official language of San Marino is Italian.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Plugs in use include the Italian three-pin and the European-style two-pin.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: A passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay is required. Visas are not required for stays up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    UK nationals: UK nationals with passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode), or 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar require passports valid for duration of stay. UK nationals with any other kind of passport require passports valid for three months beyond period of intended stay. UK nationals with passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode), or 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar do not need a visa. UK nationals with any other kind of passport do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    CA nationals: A passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay is required. No visas are required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    AU nationals: A passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay is required. No visa is needed for stays up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    ZA nationals: A passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay is required. A visa is required.

    IR nationals: Valid passport required. No visa required.

    NZ nationals: A passport valid for at least three months beyond period of intended stay is required. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    Visa requirements for San Marino are the same as those that apply for Italy. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

    Travel Health:

    There are no specific health risks when travelling to San Marino, with visitors able to travel without special vaccinations and medications. An influenza vaccine is recommended if travelling to San Marino between November and April.

    Medical facilities in San Marino are good. However, travel insurance is still recommended for none EU-citizens as medical attention can be expensive. Serious conditions will result in a transfer to more comprehensive facilities in Rimini.

    Safety Information:

    The City of San Marino is considered a very safe city with low crime rates. However, visitors should keep a close eye on their valuables, as pickpockets are common in crowded areas.

    Local Customs:

    Many local customs and standards of etiquette in San Marino are similar to Italy - especially the surrounding Italian area called Romagna.

    Duty Free:

    Travellers from EU countries are limited to 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine (of which 60 litres may be sparkling), 20 litres of fortified wine, 10 litres of spirits, and 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, or 1kg of tobacco. Non-EU travellers are limited to 16 litres of beer, 4 litres of wine, 2 litres of fortified wine, 1 litre of spirits, and 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco. Prohibited items include narcotic drugs, medicinal products, arms and weapons, explosives and protected animal and plant species.

    Useful Contacts:

    Tourism Office of San Marino, City of San Marino, San Marino: +378 0549 882914.

    San Marino Embassies:

    San Marino Embassy, Washington D.C. United States: (202) 223 2418

    San Marino Honorary Consulate General, London, United Kingdom: +44 20 7259 9754

    San Marino Embassy, Washington D.C. United States (responsible for Canada): (202) 223 2418

    San Marinese Honorary Consulate, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 12 460 5826.

    Foreign Embassies in San Marino :

    U.S Embassy, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 467 41.

    British Embassy, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 4220 0001.

    Embassy of Canada, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 85444 1.

    Australian Embassy, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 852 721.

    South African Embassy, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 85 2541.

    Embassy of Ireland, Rome, Italy (also responsible for San Marino): +39 06 585 2381.

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