San Marino, an independent country on the slopes of Mount Titano, is located just 23km from the Italian town of Rimini. As one of the smallest sovereign countries in the world, San Marino is completely surrounded by Italy. It was founded in the beginning of the 4th century and it’s the oldest surviving republic on Earth. With more that 9 million tourists annually visiting its capital, The City of San Marino, it is one of the must-see destinations in the region. The City of San Marino is a fortress built entirely out of stone with three towers erected on the three peaks of Mount Titano. The towers are the symbol of San Marino and are incorporated in the country’s national flag. Continue reading
Bologna is the capital of the Italian region called Emilia-Romagna, located in the north part of the country. The first settlements date back to 1000 BC, which is not that interesting since we are talking about Italy, a country where every rock is at least a couple of thousand years old. The distinct feature of Bologna is its well-preserved historic center. Parts of the city that are filled with renaissance architecture are among the largest in Italy. The main attraction are definitely the two high towers, Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, that are also the symbols of the Bologna. Another thing for which Bologna is famous worldwide is its University. It is the oldest University on the planet.
When I imagined the Italian town of Rimini I never thought of is as an endless sandy beach. But it really is that. A beach, that got infected by a very dangerous type of chicken-pox – the parasols. Continue reading