St. Marinus Day

St. Marinus Day

September 3
This is the official foundation day of the Republic of San Marino, a landlocked area of less than 30 square miles on the Adriatic side of central Italy. The oldest independent country in Europe, San Marino takes its name from St. Marinus, who lived in the fourth century. According to legend, he was a deacon and stonemason working on an aqueduct one day when a woman wrongly identified him as the husband who had deserted her. She pursued him into the mountains, where he barricaded himself in a cave until she eventually gave up. He spent the rest of his life on Monte Titano as a hermit. The present-day city of San Marino was built on the site where his original hermitage was believed to be.
CONTACTS:
San Marino Tourism Office
Ufficio del Turismo
Contrade Omagnano, 47890 Repubblica di San Marino (RSM)
378-0549-882998; fax: 378-0549-882575
www.visitsanmarino.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 149
OxYear-1999, p. 359