Why San Marino, The Least Visited Country In Europe, Should Be Next On Your Travel Hitlist

Breathtaking scenery, amazing food and only 23.6 square miles to get around

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With distinctive food, architecture and natural wonders it's no wonder Europe was the most-visited continent in 2016.

It's for that exact reason that both major cities and the more quaint seaside towns are often overran with tourists.

Not everywhere on the continent is a tourism trap, though. Take the least-visited country in Europe, for example: San Marino. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the micro-state saw the fewest amount of tourists, despite being located in north-central Italy.

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The 23.6-square-mile country is known for being one of the oldest republics in the world, with exceptional mountain views and three medieval fortresses. Mount Titano and the historic city center are UNESCO heritage sites, for being a free republic since the 13th century and boasting incredibly historic architecture, from 14th-century convents to a 19th-century neoclassical basilica.

If you aren't much of a history buff, there are plenty of other reasons to make a trip to the tiny country. Due to its proximity to Italy, San Marino is unsurprisingly a foodie paradise, with its own unique culinary scene. Sammarinese food is rich and fresh, known for its pasta and meat dishes, as well as desserts (like the Torta Tre Monti or "Cake of the Three Mountains/Towers") and locally-sourced wines.

You can also make a visit to the local beaches in-between meals and rides up the mountain in a cable car.

We predict San Marino won't be off-the-radar for much longer, so make the trip now to enjoy a short haul break without the crowds.

From: ELLE Decor