The Republic of San Marino, is nestled between the Romagna and the Marches just a few kilometers from the Adriatic coast and covers an area of just 61 sq. Km. It was founded in 301 AD. from the Dalmatian stonemason Marino, here refugees – as legend tells – to escape the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian. Since then, the small state has a history of freedom and independence defended always with tenacity and wisdom and against anyone. Its territory is partly hilly and overlooked by the limestone Monte Titano (738m) on which stands the Capital San Marino, a picturesque town protected by walls and castles that dominate the whole of the surrounding region.
Urbino is a splendid city that still maintains a typical Renaissance atmosphere intact. The historic center, with its characteristic medieval districts made up of narrow red-brick alleyways and large Renaissance squares with imposing buildings: the Duomo, Piazza del Rinascimento, the Church of San Domenico, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Palazzo Ducale.
Gradara, a small medieval village with the Rocca Malatestiana, an imposing fortification build in the 13th century by the Rimini family of Malatesta and theater of Malatesta history and of the famous love story of Paolo and Francesca.