San Marino is the world's oldest republic and Europe's third smallest state. It lies 657 m above sea level with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic coast.
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SAN MARINO QUICK FACTS
- Capital: San Marino
- Currency: euro (€)
- Area: 61.2 sq km
- Population: 27,730 (July 2002 est.)
- Language: Italian
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European, Italian plug)
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SAN MARINO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 6 January, Epiphany
- 5 February, Liberation Day
- 25 March, Anniversary of the Arengo
- 1 April, Investiture of the Captains Regent
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 28 July, Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism
- 15 August, Assumption
- 3 September, National Day
- 1 October, Investiture of the Captains Regent
- 1 November, All Saints Day
- 2 November, All Souls Day
- 8 December, Immaculate Conception
- 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day
Also, Easter Monday and Corpus Christi.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SAN MARINO
San Marino has a typically Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers and mild to cool winters. The atmosphere is clean, typical of low mountain and hill country with sea breezes. The pleasant weather attracts a large number of tourists from different countries every year, especially during the Grand Prix weekend. The summers are sunny and warm, averaging between 20°C and 30°C. The occasional shower really only serves to makes the weather more comfortable without spoiling the experience of the country for visitors.
The best time to visit San Marino is from April to June or from mid-September towards the end of October. During these months, the temperature is at its most pleasant and you will find fewer visitors. July, August, and the first half of September can be hot, though breezes that come up from the ocean generally keep things cool. Some summer evenings can be cool and you might need a sweater or jacket.
If you're not a fan of Formula One racing then be sure to check the exact dates of the yearly Grand Prix (usually April) at nearby Imola. During this time the whole of San Marino can get quite chaotic with motor racing fans.
If you visit in the winter, San Marino is a stunning sight when covered with snow and a popular location for romantic breaks and weddings. The winters can be cold, with the possibility of snow, but temperatures are usually in the 5°C to 15°C range.
LGBTQ IN SAN MARINO
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in San Marino may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal and San Marino has recognised civil unions for both same and opposite-sex couples since 5 December 2018, allowing same-sex couples to enter into a union and receive some of the rights of marriage.
There are no reports of violence and hate crimes directed at the LGBT community in San Marino and the population is predominantly LGBTQ accepting.