San Marino is the world's oldest surviving republic.
Founded in 300 AD (300 CE) or so (actually, no one knows exactly when!),
it now has just over 25,000 citizens.
Its borders have grown and shrunk over the centuries; the current area
is on a mountain, nestled between Emilia-Romagna and Marche in Italy.
Its main industries in the 21st century are... tourism and shopping.
I visited on a brilliant winter day.
Here are photos around the capital city, home to some 4,000 souls.
I'll start with a look toward San Marino from the distance (on the road to
San Leo). The rest of the photos are from San Marino itself; in the second
one, you can see the Adriatic Sea in the distance.
It's a striking city in a dramatic setting.
(These photographs are Copyright © 2004 by Jerry Peek. Much higher-resolution versions of most images, and many other images too, are available at Jerry Peek Photography. Photos are available at reduced prices, or free, for non-commercial use.)