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Old October 29th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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[RSM] San Marino

Apparently there isn't a thread about this European microstate. So, here it is:













I have been there when I was a child but I didn't take any photos, maybe one of the Italian users living nearby will contribute (or, why not, one of the few San Marino's citizens)
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Old October 29th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #2
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This photo from border is old. This road is in very good condition now I was there month ago, this road had to be renewed recently, I think in 2009-2010
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Old October 30th, 2011, 12:48 AM   #3
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San Marino... Isn't that the name of an F1 racecourse?
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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #4
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Yes but the motor speedway is in Imola, Italy. It was called Grand Prix of San Marino cause Grand Prix of Italy is already here in Monza. Imola is far 100 Km from San Marino....
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Old October 30th, 2011, 03:36 AM   #5
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Ah. OK. So the racecourse has nothing to do with San Marino then, aside from the name. Interesting.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 04:10 AM   #6
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San Marino... Isn't that the name of an F1 racecourse?
It's a republic and also the home of 1/4 of my ancestors!
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Old September 17th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #7
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Crossing the border from Italy into Republic of San Marino:





Romanian-registered car in front of me (BT = Botosani, maybe the Romanian most-distant county from Italy):



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Old September 28th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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I see that there are almost no pictures of roads in San Marino, so I will post some more pictures that I did during my trip:





















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There are a lot more pictures from San Marino on my travel thread.





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Old September 28th, 2013, 10:54 PM   #11
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I had also the idea to start this thread
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Old September 29th, 2013, 06:45 PM   #12
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The road layout seems somewhat similar to very dense places such as Monaco, Macau, Gibraltar, Malta, Vatican City and so on so forth.

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Btw, what's the visa policy for San Marino?

Does your Schengen Visa need to be of 'multiple entry' status? (similar to Andorra)

Or is it like Monaco? (no immigration, customs and border control procedures.......except for its international seaport)
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As a matter of fact, San Marino isn't as dense as those other places.

I guess the visa policy is like Monaco one, as San Marino and Italy have custom union.
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As a matter of fact, San Marino isn't as dense as those other places.
Hmm.........actually from what I'm seeing, it seems somewhat similar.

However, based on the pics, it looks like there isn't much traffic or vehicular congestion. That's why I'm think that even if San Marino has narrow and tight roads (ala Macau, Monaco, Malta, Gibraltar, etc.), it doesn't feel jam-packed since the vehicle population isn't high..............at least from what I'm seeing.

Anyone who has access to the automobile population data of San Marino could care to double-check on this (?)

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I guess the visa policy is like Monaco one, as San Marino and Italy have custom union.
Ah ok. So it's open border then(?)

And if police ask, I would just present my/our passport(s) with Schengen visa attached and we're good.......

And no need for the multiple-entry type Schengen visa, correct?
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Hmm.........actually from what I'm seeing, it seems somewhat similar.
Well Monaco and San Marino has the same population... but the latter is 30 times larger. Malta density of population is 2.6 times higher than San Marino's, Gibraltar's 8 times, Singapore's 15 times, Macao's 40 times.

San Marino's density of population is only slightly larger than the Netherlands, for instance.

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Ah ok. So it's open border then(?)

And if police ask, I would just present my/our passport(s) with Schengen visa attached and we're good.......

And no need for the multiple-entry type Schengen visa, correct?
Correct, for what I know.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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When I drove in San Marino I noticed the traffic as very light. I mean, there were many other cars on the streets, but the infrastructure is good for this AADT. There are also a lot of roundabouts that help the traffic comming from the side streets.
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Well, San Marino has a population of only about 30,000 people. That doesn't generate that much car traffic, especially given the isolated location of the country. Few through traffic passes through it.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:40 AM   #18
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If France is to Monaco and Austria/Germany is to Liechtenstein, then Italy is to San Marino

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When I drove in San Marino I noticed the traffic as very light. I mean, there were many other cars on the streets, but the infrastructure is good for this AADT. There are also a lot of roundabouts that help the traffic comming from the side streets.
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Well, San Marino has a population of only about 30,000 people. That doesn't generate that much car traffic, especially given the isolated location of the country. Few through traffic passes through it.
Wow that really looks interesting.

I guess a low local population of vehicles helps.......and even combined with vehicle traffic from nearby Italy, it looks as if San Marino doesn't have congested roads or whatnot.

I guess this should make for a very peaceful and relaxed driving experience


I also like the placement of signs with red and green traffic lights to indicate availability of vehicular slots in numerous public parking places.



A nice touch indeed imho
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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:52 AM   #19
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If France is to Monaco and Austria/Germany is to Liechtenstein, then Italy is to San Marino
Liechtenstein has much closer ties with Switzerland.
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Liechtenstein has much closer ties with Switzerland.
Hehe yeah I just found out recently (i.e. Swiss Customs Union, usage of Swiss Franc, etc.)

Though yeah, I was just trying to point our the relation of these small countries/micro-estates with their closest father/mother countries. That's all hehe

But yeah, San Marino looks very interesting to me.

Definitely one of those places to visit in your lifetime
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