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San Marino Travel Guide

Key Facts

61.2 sq km (23.6 sq miles).


32,448 (2013).

Population density

531.9 per sq km.


San Marino.



Head of state

Two Capitani Regenti are elected every six months. Gian Franco Terenzi and Guerrino Zanotti since 2014.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Italian-style plugs with three round pins are used.

In whatever part of this 61-sq km (24-sq mile) territory you go, in particular at the peak of its mountain, your gaze is lost over a unique, dazzling panorama: the fertile soils of Emilia Romagna and the soft rolling hills of the Marche and Montefeltro, and on to the placid Adriatic sea. The Sammarinese territory is made up of nine ancient citadels, including the capital, San Marino.

The tiny city holds a wealth of history, museums and priceless architectural monuments, while a wealth of assorted crafts and souvenirs provide a vast, pleasant shopping experience.

The origins of San Marino are based on the charming legend of Saint Marinus who founded the community and the republic, when, in AD301, he took refuge on Mount Titano.

Apart from the Vatican City, it is the only city-state that is completely surrounded by another country.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 27 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

There is a low threat from terrorism.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in San Marino.

Around 6,000 British nationals visited San Marino in 2010 (source: San Marino State Tourism Office). Most visits are trouble-free.

The emergency services numbers in San Marino are: 112/113 (emergency service, gendarmerie), 115 (public safety, fire department, local police), 118 (emergency ambulance and medical services).

There is no British Consulate in San Marino. The closest British diplomatic mission is in Rome.