A Country of Principles

Neutrality defines San Marino since it was able to remain non-combatant during both World Wars. During the WW2 the Republic sheltered over 100.000 people escaping from the tragedies of the war. One century before, San Marino gave refuge to people persecuted because of their support to the unification. As recognition, Giuseppe Garibaldi accepted the wish of San Marino not to be included into a unified Italian State.

UNESCO added, in 2008, San Marino historic Centre and Mount Titano to its World Heritage List. The Republic is “an exceptional testimony of the establishment of a representative democracy based on civic autonomy and self-governance” and “an exceptional testimony to a living cultural tradition that has persisted over the last seven hundred years”.

Guard by Mount Titano, the Republic of San Marino is the only remaining city-state in Italy, and it follows laws redacted in the 16th Century in Latin, the Leges Statutae Republicae Sancti Marini.

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  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Voluntary Service
  • Independence
  • Unity
  • Universality