Photographer's Note

It’s all very toy-town, and the packed streets and kitsch souvenir shops are not everyone’s cup of tea. But the novelty value of this enclave cannot be overestimated.
Wedged in on all sides by Italy, a dozen kilometres from the Adriatic Coast in the Apennine Mountains, San Marino has been an independent republic since AD 301 when a Croatian stone-cutter built a church atop a windswept bluff here. San Marino’s constitution, the world’s oldest, dates to 1600 and its stunningly picturesque location on top of Mount Titano certainly justifies the myriad postcard and souvenir boutiques in which visitors spend a large part of the day browsing. Views of the deep blue from the clifftop fortress are jewel-like.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Stec (Sonata11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2760 W: 59 N: 2914] (34119)
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