Borgo Maggiore, San Marino

Borgo Maggiore, San Marino

Borgo Maggiore, San Marino
the view of the main square in Borgo Maggiore from San Marino City

Borgo Maggiore is one of the nine municipalities called castelli in the Republic of San Marino. It’s actually the second largest municipality in the republic and its main market town. Borgo Maggiore and San Marino historic centers together with Mount Titano are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

We stayed in San Marino City and thoroughly explored it (still need to blog about it ) but I also visited Borgo Maggiore. You can admire the main square of Borgo Maggiore from the viewing point next to the cable car station in San Marino City. Besides, you actually drive through Borgo on your way to San Marino City high up on Mount Titano. However, I really enjoy cable car rides so I decided to go down to Borgo Maggiore for a short walk while my husband and the baby stayed in San Marino. Plus, it was nice to have some alone time.

taking the cable car down from San Marino City to Borgo Maggiore

The cable car which connects San Marino City to Borgo Maggiore was built in 1959 and since then it’s become a convenient form of public transport as well as a tourist attraction. The return ticket costs only € 4,50 and the ride lasts 2 minutes. Since I had the TuttoSanMarino Card which you get free if you stay at a hotel in San Marino I paid even less for my return ticket. There’s also a stone footpath from Borgo Maggiore to San Marino so if you’re fit enough and feel like walking uphill for hours you don’t need to use the cable car.

I enjoyed my short and slow cable car ride but unfortunately I didn’t manage to take any really good photos during it because there were a lot of people in the cable car.  Nevertheless, the cable car ride was quite scenic since you can see almost all the way to the Adriatic Sea. There’s a bar and a souvenir shop at the cable car station in Borgo Maggiore.

the main square in Borgo Maggiore

I exited the cable car station and went upstairs to the main road. Just across the road is the historic center of Borgo Maggiore. The main square (Piazza Grande) still hosts a traditional weekly market on Thursdays. It’s a rather pleasant medium-sized square with the Clock Tower and the Church of SS Antimo and Marinus. I wandered around the square and the side streets for a bit and took some photos before I returned to the cable car station from another direction.

Apart from the historic center you can also visit the Museum of Natural History in Borgo Maggiore as well as the modern church of Our Lady of Consolation. When I finished my short sightseeing of Borgo Magiore I bought a cute souvenir T-shirt for my baby boy before I went back up to San Marino City to join my family.

Have you seen my photo post of San Marino City?

 

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Life & blog update: June 2018

my happy place:)

And just like that we’re entering the second half of 2018. What has happened in June? A lot. We took baby V. to the beach for the first time. He loved playing with the pebbles at the beach and he absolutely loved the sea. He’s going to be a proper sea baby! Other baby news are that he’s got two teeth now and that he’s already standing. He’s been crawling everywhere and only a few days after he sat for the first time he started to push himself upright to stand. It’s funny to see him standing in his baby bed in the morning.

I went to the cinema for the first time since giving birth. We watched Solo: A Star Wars  Story film and even though I didn’t like the film very much I enjoyed being in the cinema after so long. My best friend returned home for holidays from China so there’s been a few proper grown up outings. Yay!

You might have seen a couple of photos from Miramare Castle ( Trieste, Italy ) on my Instagram account and a photo post here on the blog. We had to attend to some family business in Trieste so we popped over to the castle. I’ve blogged about Rimini, the last stop of our San Marino road trip but I still haven’t had enough time or inspiration to write in detail about our visit to beautiful San Marino. After a long time I published a post about London remembering some of my quirky adventures in my beloved city. Honestly, I don’t know when I’ll go to London again.

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3 hours in Rimini, Italy

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Sismondo Castle in Rimini

After we left San Marino we drove to Rimini. That was a short drive because Rimini is only 24km away from San Marino. I knew that Rimini is a popular Italian seaside town full of beach bars. However, we didn’t go to Rimini to spend some time at its long sandy beach but to see its castle and other interesting landmarks.

We found free parking in Rimini because I discovered a useful parking website which I bookmarked for future use but somehow I lost all my bookmarks the other day so I can’t share that website with you. From the free car park we walked for less than 15 minutes to the Malatesta Castle (Castel Sismondo). On our way to the castle we went through the Roman arch, Porta Montanara. That was our first glimpse of Roman Rimini. We were also close to the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater during our walk around Rimini but we decided to skip it because we’d seen roman amphitheaters in better conditions elsewhere.

The Sismondo Castle was built in 15th century by Sigismondo Pandolfo, the most famous lord of Rimini. Unfortunately, like the castle in Imola this one was also closed (because it was Monday) so we only took some photos and headed towards the city center. There’s a big building site next to the castle and from what we read it’s the site of the new museum dedicated to Federico Fellini, probably the most famous Italian film director of all times.

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Why we chose San Marino for our first family trip

in San Marino, May 2018

The usual advice for the first time travel with a baby is to either go somewhere you’ve been before and know quite well so you don’t feel pressure to see it all or to choose a relaxing holiday in the countryside or by the sea where you don’t have much going on so you can all relax and follow the baby’s usual schedule of feeding and sleeping times. But I wanted to go somewhere new, so that it’d be exciting for us all. I was reluctant to fly with my six and a half month old baby and felt that a road trip is a better solution for me. That decision ruled out a lot of places. Also, I thought that we shouldn’t drive for more than 5 or 6 hours in one direction. Salzburg was my initial idea but then I thought of Italy and chose Udine as our first day trip abroad. Suddenly it hit me: There’s a tiny country in the middle of Italy which I haven’t visited yet. San Marino! I quickly looked for accommodation options and read about sights in San Marino (haven’t found a lot of blog posts about it though) before I shared my decision with the husband. He too was more inclined to visit San Marino than to go to Austria because it meant that we get to visit a new country. Furthermore, there’s a rather surprising connection between Croatia and San Marino because San Marino was founded by Saint Marinus, a stonecutter from the island Rab in Croatia. Back then (4th century) Rab was a part of the Roman province of Dalmatia from where St.Marinus fled to Rimini before he founded San Marino on Mount Titano.

I always check the length of a road trip on Google maps and on ViaMichelin site and San Marino was exactly what I asked for:  five and a half hours drive. However, the actual trip lasted longer because we had to take more stops than I’d planned and we visited Imola on the way to San Marino. The return trip was a bit shorter because we didn’t have any car problems.  But we also visited Rimini before we headed home so again the trip lasted more than the initial assessment.

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San Marino

Snapshots from San Marino (May 2018)

City of San Marino, the capital of tiny San Marino country; this is the view of the first tower and the city center from the second tower

San Marino proved to be a great destination for our first proper trip as a family. We arrived to San Marino on Friday evening and left on Monday morning which meant that we had two full days to explore the City of San Marino, the capital of the Republic of San Marino.

San Marino is a tiny independent country in northern Italy close to the Adriatic Sea. It’s the third smallest country in Europe (after Vatican and Monaco) and the oldest republic in the world. There are no borders between Italy and San Marino. The official language is Italian and the currency is euro.

San Marino town is perched atop Monte Titano which is the highest peak in the country at 739 m above sea level. There are several settlements in San Marino country called castelli (castles) and they are: City of San Marino, officially Città di San Marino, Acquaviva, Borgo  Maggiore, Domagnano, Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino, Serravalle and Chiesanuova. Actually we drove through several of these on our way up to San Marino town and I’ve also visited Borgo Maggiore.

Enjoy the photos of beautiful San Marino town, the capital of Republic of San Marino.

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Life & blog update: May 2018

hello from San Marino! now I just need to find time to blog about it 🙂

I’ve changed the name of my monthly blog overview post into Life & blog update because that title suits better the actual content of these monthly posts since I share in them snippets of my life and remind you of my published posts in the previous month.

May was a busy month. BBQs with friends, a couple of board gaming nights, drinks with my besties and a first dinner out with our baby. We were so lucky and got a waiter that entertained our baby boy during most of the meal. Our friend became a dad recently so we’re looking forward to meeting his baby girl.

Our baby boy V. is now almost 7 months old and he’s recently started crawling properly. But being a mum isn’t just about happy moments. My first ever Mother’s Day as a mum was a low point.

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