By now I've already written posts about most of the teeny tiny nations in Europe that I've visited - Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein & Vatican State. But there's one little country left and that's The Republic of San Marino.
A 30 minute drive south-west of Rimini in Italy you'll find yet another independent country! With barely over 33,200 inhabitants San Marino is rather cosy and if you go by total area this is also the third smallest country in Europe (just behind the Vatican & Monaco). Its capital is the City of San Marino and the national language is Italian.
Random fact: San Marino already became independent from the Roman Empire in 301 which makes it the oldest republic in the world!
The coolest part of visiting San Marino is that its beautiful walled old town is perched high up on a hill and you can take a cable car to get up there!
If you collect passport stamps - there is the option to get the souvenir stamp in the tourist office for a small fee. Granted, it's not the real thing but still pretty cool to have.
So if you're thinking of visiting Italy and chilling out at the beach in Rimini, why not check out San Marino for a day or two as well? I promise you it will be worth it! :)