Italy is one of the top travel destinations in the world for a reason—overflowing with fine wine, delicious dining, awe-inspiring monuments, and sandy beaches. But Italy is also home to a hidden gem: San Marino. The beautiful country of San Marino is the least-visited country in Europe in 2016, according to the World Tourism Organization, but that should change!
Completely surrounded by Italy, San Marino is a tiny micro-nation known for its stunning mountain views crowned by three medieval castles. The three castles, or “castelli,” are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can take a scenic cable car to the historic town center for gorgeous views over the rolling hills. It’s easy to access San Marino by car or train in Northern Italy and when you’ve explored the magnificent castelli and picked up some souveniers, visit the nearby Italian beaches on the Adriatic.
If you want an Italian vacation a little off the beaten path, try visiting the least-visited country in Europe.