San Marino

As one of the world’s smallest countries, San Marino boasts a unique history and geography that travellers can experience first-hand. Nestled in Italy as an independent country, this hidden gem is within strolling distance of famous Italian cities, such as Venice and Rome. There are nine municipalities throughout this small town, but it is the country’s capital, Città di San Marino, that tourists flock to. 

This charming yet curious city is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage-listed site, which is a delightful stop on our Italian tours. San Marino is a lively and vibrant place to discover during the day, while exploring the country at night will make you feel like you’re walking through a fairytale. 

Touring San Marino by Coach

Despite the country’s small size, travelling by coach makes exploring the whimsical and charming environment a breeze. When discovering this marvellous country with Albatross Tours, you’ll have ample time to immerse yourself in the wonderful culture this country has to offer.

Here at Albatross Tours, we travel with small groups so that you’re not feeling overcrowded and overwhelmed while adventuring through San Marino. We also make sure that you have ample time to absorb the charming San Marino surroundings.

Our well-travelled Tour Managers will guide you through the wonders this petite country has to offer. Whether it’s tasting the finest pecorino cheese or seeing delightful mosaic art, our Tour Managers will have a detailed itinerary to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

One of the great things about travelling with Albatross Tours is that you get to explore wondrous locales with fellow travellers. You can bring a buddy or meet a new travel companion on your next adventure throughout San Marino. Whenever we run a tour, we always have the pleasure of watching new friendships being forged and long-time buddies growing stronger in their bond.

When to Visit San Marino

While summer is typically a popular time for European travel, we recommend that you travel to San Marino from May to June. This travelling period means that you can explore this humble country during the day without it being overly hot, while also getting enough daylight in for an extended stroll through the city.

In San Marino, temperatures can reach a maximum of 31ºC during summer’s peak, while winter can see temperatures drop to 3ºC. Seeing this historical city set against a snowy scene makes for the travel opportunity of a lifetime, with immersive light shows and festive markets being a staple.

San Marino Culture

Due to its Italian surroundings, San Marino features many extensions of Italian culture. Though you don’t need to understand the nuances of San Marino culture to enjoy your tour, a basic understanding can go a long way.

Things to Know Before You Go

Here are some important details that you should know before you go:

  • Language – Unsurprisingly, San Marino citizens speak Italian. Though this is the language native to the country, Sammarinesens also teach English in some schools and some townsfolk speak Russian in shops, due to the high volume of Russian tourists.
  • Money – As San Marino is an extension of Italy, and part of the European Union, its currency is the euro (€). For any cash purchases that you make during your time in San Marino, you will need to use euros. Euros come in coins – 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 denominations – or opt for cash instead, which comes in values of €5, €10, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Some establishments may accept credit card payments, though you may need to use cash for smaller transactions at markets or local stalls.
  • Time zone and daylight – San Marino is in Central European Time (GMT +1) or Central European Summer Time (GMT +2) during the summer months. For context, this means that San Marino is usually 10 hours behind Melbourne, nine hours ahead of Los Angeles and one hour in front of London. In the summertime, San Marino tends to have longer days and more sunshine in general. By contrast, when winter comes around the number of sunny days is reduced slightly.
  • Electricity – San Marino uses a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. You can use a Type L, Schuko and Europlug while travelling to charge your devices.