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Small countries of Europe: San Marino

San Marino

Guaita Tower, one of three crowning Mt. Titano, overlooks the city of San Marino below. Set on an outcropping of the Apennine Mountains in east-central Italy, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic, based on its founding in the early 4th century. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
San Marino

Along the Piazza della Liberta sits the Palazzo Pubblico, the boxy, faux medieval building that is the seat of San Marino’s government. Nearby are the Waxworks, Curiosity, Torture and Modern Weaponry museums. (Susan Spano/Los Angeles Times)
San Marino

Don’t leave San Marino without a potent memento or two — liqueurs are a popular souvenir. And for historical reenactors, there’s a wide assortment of imitation weapons, from medieval maces to AK-47s. (Susan Spano/Los Angeles Times)
San Marino

A guard keeps watch in a colorful uniform and rather splendid feathered shako at the Palazzo Pubblico on the Piazza della Liberta. (Susan Spano/Los Angeles Times)
San Marino

The 2,500-foot Mt. Titano is crowned by three medieval towers — Guaita, Cesta and Montale — that also appear on the country’s crest. It’s said that from here, visitors can sometimes see right across the Adriatic to the coast of Croatia. (Susan Spano/Los Angeles Times)
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