San Marino Lifestyle and Culture

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Preparing yourself to stay with new people can be a mountain to climb alone. This is why RocApply has made this functional guide to help you with the process of acquiring information on the daily routines to observe in the land of the Sammarinese!

We are committed to making life easy for you! Apart from this, we can guarantee you that people here are as welcoming as it gets. You will certainly make a few friends with minimal effort here!

Cultural History

The country claims to be the world's oldest republic still in existence. When looking back at its history, this is no exaggeration. San Marino's political status as self-governing sovereignty dates back to somewhere around five-hundred CE. It began as a feudal system, but before the 18th century, this small state was occupied by several surrounding states 3 times.

The most famous was the 1739 occupation by Ravenna, which later quickened the restoration of the republic’s independence by Pope Clement XII.

The country was in the middle of a tug-of-war between the French and the Papal States during the Napoleonic Wars. Even though the state was recognized by Napoleon through the Treaty of Tolentino in 1797, it stayed a relatively sovereign region.

Even when Italian unification took place in 1862, San Marino was still given independence status. Things took a turn for the worse following this, as a great depression crippled the local economic status, forcing mass migration to European nations and the Americas.


Sammarinese are extremely proud of their nation, and their status as people of San Marino. However, acquiring citizenship is quite difficult for those who are not born in San Marino to two San Marino citizens.

It is also possible to become a Sammarinese if there intermarriage. It is one of the only countries on Earth where the local citizens are predominantly locals.

Italy’s Romagna region greatly influences the local tradition in San Marino. However, there are still some unique aspects of the culture that can be explored. Traditional cuisine is available, not to mention local wines and cheeses that shouldn’t be left to chance.

The high quality of living and extremely low unemployment rate means San Marino’s citizens enjoy a relatively classless atmosphere.

Sammarinese themselves are quiet and warm people! This is evidenced by the level of security and peace the country offers. You will likely stay for the entirety of your study period unbothered here! There is no need to contemplate about studying here.

The country lives up to its fame! Make your application today with RocApply and get started to roll with everyone else here. While English is still the official language of San Marino, Spanish is the first language of the majority.

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