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Continuing with my little stress relieving day trips, last weekend I went with a few of my friends to San Marino. Although located in Italy, San Marino is technically a separate country. In fact, it is the oldest surviving sovereign constitutional republic in the world. The city of San Marino is the capital of San Marino and ...
... today or no longer in business. We then proceeded on to the tiny sovereign state of San Marino. The "republic" is only 20 square miles in size. We drove directly to the top of the mountain on which the old city (citta) rests. The Citta has a spectacular view in all directions. Towards the East you can see the Adriatic and 40-50 miles North or South. The old town has three towers of which two are part of a larger fortifications. We checked out tower one in the fort ...
... waters. There were plenty of oil rigs scattered about in the distant water. There was a haze in the distance limiting visibility. After a bit we walked our bikes back to the path and continued on towards the lighthouse on the pier at the marina.
Upon arriving we found the lighthouse was occupied by tenants (used for housing) and the waterfront plaza was like a ghost town. We rode around a bit then headed towards the ferry to check it ...
... of the mosaics look like paintings. The tiles themselves range from a quarter inch to half inch for images of religious figure. Larger tiles for floors. The size and number of mosaics is really impressive and must have taken a long time to complete. Kathy took a lot of photos of the sites we visited.
Once done with the "mosaic March" we visited the tomb of Dante of "Inferno" fame. And of course we strolled most of ...
... except to say that we finished the day feeling very relaxed’. We topped off our relaxing day doing something by an evening beach walk. It was lovely to leave the apartment and do something that is at least worth remembering otherwise our day would have been a full day of something that really means ...