A map of San Marino The tiny state of San Marino lies in the Apennine Mountains, surrounded by Italian territory. It was founded by a group of monks in 301 and grew to become a powerful city-state. Today it is the world’s oldest and smallest republic, home to just over 30,000 people. San Marino has a rugged landscape, dominated by the peaks of Mount Titano. Its climate is Mediterranean: summers are warm and sunny, while winters are mild. Outside the capital, San Marino, there are just eight villages. Most of its inhabitants rely on the tourist trade to make a living. Others make ceramics, furniture, fabrics and wine. Nearly all Sammarinese people speak Italian and are Catholic.
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Facts about San Marino
San Marino is the only country in the world with more vehicles than people.
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