San Marino might be small but it's admirable how it has practically kept independent for well over one and a half millennia. Its ridge, named Mount Titano, is its unique selling point however. Sandwiched between two regions of Italy just 15 kilometres from the Adriatic coast at Rimini, it would be a shame not to see it.
When the founder, Saint Marinus, fled here 300 years after Christ's birth he stumbled across somewhere quite special. Views from atop overlooking the soft green countryside below are divine and the architecture is charming.
If you are prepared you tackle hairpin turns to get around you'll be rewarded with a laid back environment and great gastronomy and wine.