This fascinating city-state, a charming medieval jewel which rises on the top of Mount Titano, has been given the universal role to bear witness to the big efforts local inhabitants made in order to achieve democracy through parallel institutions. San Marino stands out as a perfect balance of ancient traditions, like the fact that the small State is governed by two Captains Regent, and outstanding artworks, such as the sumptuous palaces which still host ancient traditional ceremonies and rituals. San Marino’s fascination is complemented by the outstanding natural beauty of Mount Titano, which gathers enchanting landscapes and scenic wonders.
The small portion of territory which was included in the list covers an area of approximately 55 hectares. It comprises San Marino’s Old Town, the three towers (Guaita, Cesta and Montale), Mount Titano, Borgo Maggiore’s Old Town and the rock (an enchanting natural area which develops on the slopes of Mount Titano).
Important are the outstanding monuments and buildings which punctuate the City-State, such as the Basilica of the Saint, the monasteries of St. Francis and St. Clare, Palazzo Pubblico, Titano Theatre, the fortified city walls and the historical palaces which command the city’s most characteristic quarters.
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