We have been several times to San Marino with and without kids. It’s a great place to explore and we still haven’t really explored as much as we could. A little background information San Marino is actually its own little country within Italy. So if you are one for ticking off countries then make sure you stop by for a visit. Even if you are not wanting to count countries then San Marino is a great place to stop by.

San Marino with Kids

San Marino With Kids

When we have visited San Marino in the past we have been staying nearby in Riccione. It is easy enough to find and is well signposted. You start driving up and up towards San Marino wondering when the windy roads will stop. We normally park up in the cable car car park, or even just by the side of the road in the parking bays then walked. The cable car (costs extra to go up in) takes you straight to the top to where the castle sits.

If you don’t have a car then there is a regular bus service between Rimini and San Marino. The cable car can be found in the town of Borgo Maggiore. However, be warned the car park isn’t huge and it does tend to fill up pretty quick.

San Marino

Cafes and Shops Galore

You will find lots of little souvenir shops, cafes and shops in the narrow streets. There are so many selling similar things that you can spend most of your time hunting out the best items. There are also many shops selling knifes, swords and guns. We usually stay clear of these shops but other people might find them interesting.

San Marino

Beautiful Views

Enjoy the views once you have explored for a while as you get some great views if the weather is good. We haven’t explored the whole city and usually just go back to our favourite areas including Palazzo Pubblico which is in the Piazza della Liberta.

San Marino

San Marino

Places of Interest

There is the Three Towers which include Gaita which is the oldest of the three towers. Then the Cesta which is located on the highest of Monte Titano’s summits. The third tower isnt open to the public and this is called Montale.  You can also visit the Piazza della Liberta which is the square with the Palazzo Pubblico (government building). If you like beautiful buildings then you can also see the Basilica del Santo Marino which is a beautiful church, remember to wear respectful clothing. No clothes above the knee and cover your shoulders and you should be fine.

mother and child in San Marino

Family Friendly

As it is set on a hill the roads are quite steep and some are cobble stones. It is pretty hard work with a pram but it is doable. The cafes we have stopped at before were very nice however, none we have been to have had changing facilities. Which is okay as we would just put jackets on the floor and change our boys on them. However, I know for some people this is a big no no.

Have you ever been to San Marino?

San Marino in Italy with Kids

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Its so nice to hear you love reading about our travels 🙂 San Marino is a great place to visit. You must go sometime!

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