San Marino: Food and History of the Oldest Republic in the World

With over 1700 years of history, the Republic of San Marino is the oldest republic still in existence in the world. However, what makes it truly unique is that it is also a microstate surrounded by Italy on all sides!

Overlooking the breathtaking landscape of the Italian regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche and the Mediterranean Sea, San Marino is located directly on Mount Titan, which together with the Capital and the historic center of Borgo Maggiore, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

San Marino offers a variety of options for tourists visiting Emilia Romagna. Not only will you enjoy exceptional views, but you will also have the chance to discover ancient monuments and taste delicious local food. Let’s take a look!

Lose Yourself in the Streets of the Historic Center

Legend has it that the founding of the Republic of San Marino dates back to September 3, 301 A.D., when a stonemason named Marino – the city’s saint – supposedly climbed Mount Titan to escape religious persecution and founded his own small community there.

Among the must-see monuments worth visiting within the medieval walls of the historic center, the following are certainly something you should not miss during your visit to San Marino:

  • The Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace) located in Piazza della Libertà, the heart of the country’s institutional life
  • The beautiful Cathedral of San Marino Basilica del Santo, the city’s main church dedicated to the founder of the Republic
  • The Three Towers, the symbol of the city, all connected by the “Passo delle Streghe”, a spectacular path that offers panoramic views.

Typical Food You Must Try

San Marino boasts unmistakable flavors and a genuine and simple cuisine that combines typicality with quality. Here is a selection of traditional local dishes that you should not miss:

Strozzapreti: one of the most famous homemade pasta made with flour, water and salt and served with meat sauce and cheese.

Piada sammarinese: the dough is prepared with flour, water, and lard or olive oil, and among the most popular are the classic stracchino cheese, arugula, and the ever-present prosciutto crudo. Delicious!

Torta Titano: a dessert consisting of five layers of overlapping square wafers filled with cocoa cream, coffee and hazelnuts and covered in dark chocolate.

Not forgetting all the typical products such as grilled meat, cold cuts (such as prosciutto, salami, and coppa), cheese, and good bread, all accompanied by excellent wines.

What are you waiting for? Book your flight and get ready to experience San Marino.

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