Where in the world: San Marino

Since I’m on the road this week, I wasn’t going to participate in Where in the world. But when I walked out from my hotel this morning, this is the sight that met me…

San Marino

This is the most famous image of the national capital. (Sadly, this photo doesn’t quite do justice to this fairytale panorama, as I’m stuck using a tired old point-and-shoot for now). Perhaps you have already guessed? If not, here are a few hints: This tiny country has been a sovereign state since 301. No, you didn’t misread – not 1301, but 301. Naturally, its ancient capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightly so.

A winner will be selected among those who give the correct answer. She/he will be featured here on “Where in the world?” and on my Facebook fan page with his/her name, blog, twitter handle and a short bio.

Last week’s competition:
Hamlet's Elsinore

Last week we were in Denmark, at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, perhaps better known as Elsinore – and home of Shakespeare’s protagonist Hamlet. The winner was Katherina, author of 100MilesHighway. Katherina was born with a German passport and a Spanish heart – and is currently enjoying life as an expat in Switzerland! She has had the travel bug ever since she had spaghetti ice cream, got lost in a toy shop in New York and played the piano in a hotel bar in Rio, all before the age of 8! Follow her on Twitter and enjoy her Facebook page.


Can’t have enough guessing games? Have a look at all the players over at Budget Travel Adventures here.

Don’t worry about spoiling the fun if you know the answer – just shout it out. Moderation is turned on for the competition, meaning only I can see your comment until Saturday. I’ll publish all the comments simultaneously.

San Marino

Update 20 June 2011: Sorry for the late update. I’ve been completely offline for several days! The answer to last week’s little quiz is the ancient land of San Marino, the world’s oldest republic. I received so many right answers, in the comments, on twitter and facebook and even through StumbleUpon. Only one can win though, and the lucky winner is David Bennett, author of the Quillcards blog.

David runs Quillcards Ecards and Art Prints along with his wife Tamara Colloff-Bennett. He is the photographer and she is the designer behind the great art work. They even offer free Ecards for you to try. Have a look at their Facebook fan page and follow them on Twitter. Congratulations, David.
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San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.




22 Responses to “Where in the world: San Marino”

  1. Michael Figueiredo 15 June 2011 1830 #

    You are in La Sereníssima República de San Marino! Also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. I was there last summer! Isn’t it beautiful? 🙂

  2. I believe you are in San Marino! And what a beautiful sight it is!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 June 2011 2032 #

      @Michael and @Debbie – you are both right. And I agree, it really is beautiful!

  3. Don Faust 15 June 2011 2042 #

    ummm…. I have no idea, but it’d be cool to live there, perched right on the cliff side, with the best view in town.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 June 2011 2100 #

      @Don – Yes, excellent view of its much larger neighbour country as well.

  4. David Bennett 15 June 2011 2111 #

    It’s San Marino!

    Here’s hoping I am a winner!


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 June 2011 2134 #

      @David – It is indeed San Marino! And you are 🙂

  5. Jenna 15 June 2011 2157 #

    San Marino!

  6. Vera Marie Badertscher 15 June 2011 2336 #

    Is it surrounded by Italy?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 June 2011 2345 #

      @Vera – It is 🙂

  7. Jeremy Branham 15 June 2011 2351 #

    Mount Titano I believe but the city is San Marino.

  8. Merav | AllWays Car Rental Christchurch 16 June 2011 0300 #

    The City of San Marino 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2011 0330 #

      @Jenna, Jeremy and Merav – you’re all right. Yay 🙂

  9. adventureswithben 16 June 2011 0403 #

    I wanted to say Neuschwenstein Castle. Is it?

  10. Mark Wiens 16 June 2011 0733 #

    Beautiful site to walk out of your hotel and see Sophie! Is it in Greece?

  11. Italian Notes 16 June 2011 0818 #

    How about San Marino?

  12. Laurel 16 June 2011 1310 #

    San Marino? I can see why you posted this photo, even if you are on vacation, it’s beautiful.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2011 1311 #

      @Italian Notes and @Laurel – Yes, San Marino! Cool, isn’t it?

  13. Fun Joel 16 June 2011 1312 #

    I’m probably wrong, but I’m going to guess it is in Liechtenstein. Just don’t want to “cheat” and look it up!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 June 2011 1743 #

      @Joel – That’s actually a good guess. It’s San Marino, another of Europe’s tiny, ancient states.

  14. Jason 22 June 2011 0624 #

    I’m late to the game…and I wouldn’t have guessed it anyway. Nice photo.

  15. Vi 22 June 2011 1129 #

    I have never been there, but would be nice to visit San Marino.

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