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The Car, San Marino – Transportation

The Car

Driving to San Marino is fairly straightforward and easy. You can also drive up to the historic city of San Marino at the top of Monte Titano, but with some restrictions. Driving in the lower part of the republic is just like driving in Italy and reasonably easy.

Historic District

You can drive up to the historic part of the city, but be aware that the street up to the top is narrow and winding, becoming a one-way street up toward the historic center with a different one-way street going down. Pay close attention to what you’re doing or a lapse of attention may cause you to miss out on a place to park, which means you’ll have to go all the way down and back up again because of the on-way streets.


Cars are not allowed in the pedestrian-only historic center, but there are several parking lots on the way up, the closest being right next to the city walls a short walk from the important sites and hotels. The closest lot is Cava Antica, or you can park down below in Borgo Maggiore and take the gondola up to the historic center. Parking may fill up at certain times or during popular events.


Once you park your car, a free local bus can ntake you into the old city.

Interesting fact: The vehicle license plate for San Marino features the country’s coat-of-arms. The three towers, on each of Monte Titano’s three peaks, each topped by a feather, plus the Latin declaration Libertas form the country’s coat-of-arms.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about San Marino Transportation.


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