San Marino

Monday 27 Jan 2020 The bus for San Marino left from almost outside the hotel and went straight inland and upwards. 

Christine had no idea what the town would be like, and was somewhat surprised to find it stunningly beautiful. The old town is perched high up on a bluff with 360 views down to the hills below and the Adriatic in the distance. All the buildings are in a Cotswold colour stone, with steep narrow roads and stairways. It was easy to see how impregnable it would have been and how it retained its independence since 301. It was definitely worth a visit, though I imagine it is totally overrun with tourists in the summer. Christine was somewhat disappointed not to add any San Marino coins to her euro collection as the sets on sale were very expensive.

The afternoon brought a pleasant walk around Rimini. One highlight was the Ponte Tiberico built in 21, a 5 arch Stone Bridge still standing and being used by traffic today. It is hard to imagine any of today’s bridges being used for 2000 years! This marks the start of the Via Emilia heading north west. From the bridge there was a straight road, naturally, through the centre of the city with some lovely old buildings to the Arch of Augustus dating from 27bc, marking the end of the Via Flaminia from Rome. I never cease to be impressed at how much history oozes from every Italian City.

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