San Marino Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-11-19.

Republic of San Marino

San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world, also considered a microstate. It is located in south-central Europe, entirely surrounded by Italy and is inextricably intertwined with its neighbour economically and culturally. However, do not be deceived by their close relationship – San Marino very successfully maintains its unique ambiance and spirit. And it has done so for a very long time – in many sources, San Marino is considered to be the oldest republic in the world. 

Nowadays, San Marino is neither a member of the European Union nor the Eurozone, though the euro is being used in the country as the official currency; Schengen area visitors won’t have any problem entering. 

The capital of the country, the city of San Marino, is positioned on a mountain, offering visitors incredible views of the stunning surrounding hills. There is no person who could stay indifferent to the cozy, cobblestoned streets and charming buildings that keep the spirit of old times alive. 

The main landmark of the city, however, is the Three Towers of San Marino, the essential symbol of the country placed on the national flag and coat of arms. All three towers are open for visitors who would like to learn more about the history of this mesmerizing country.

Being the fifth smallest country in the world, San Marino undoubtedly has much to offer to any traveler, no matter their experience. It does not take much time to explore it, and it certainly does not take long to fall in love with this miniature country with its unique charm and independent spirit.

For more, read our blog post on spending a day in the city of San Marino inexpensively.

flag of San Marino

San Marino Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of San Marino – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: San Marino (city)

Largest Village: Dogana

Population: 33,400 (2020 estimate)

Language(s): Italian

Captains Regent: Luca Boschi, Mariella Mularoni

Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)

Area: 61.2 km2 (23.6 mi2)

Dialing Code: +378

Time Zone: UTC+01:00 (Central European Time)

Demonym: Sammarinese (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: San Marino (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: 16 to purchase

Smoking Age: N/A

Age of Consent: 14, though it’s illegal to “incite a minor under 18 years to sexual corruption.”

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / F / L (define)

ISO Country Code: SM