I died and went to heaven.

Like for real.

From the moment I took the ride up to San Marino to the time I left it, I could not stop saying “WOW” “AWESOME” “AMAZING” “ZOOOOH MY GAWD” as if I can’t speak English properly and can only utter monosyllabic phrases of praise.




Shut the front door!

I mean look at these views. It’s like I took them on a plane except that I didn’t and that I was actually high up in the mountains in one enclaved micro-state called San Marino.







These photos are real. I even took a selfie!




It has 9 municipalities called “Castelli” and each has its own castle and a Captain of the Castle (a.k.a. a Mayor) in its compact 61 square kilometer size. There are three of them in its highest peak called…The Three Towers of San Marino. SUPPLIES!!! Haha.







You might want to be a prisoner

And some rooms of this castle called Cesta used to be a prison. Imagine the views from your prison room. OMG did I ever want to be the most wanted man in San Marino.







It’s a real country. It has its own government, military forces, sports teams and television channels with commercials that are so 90’s! They are actually one of the riches countries in the world. Who knew?

San Marino Valley High, anyone?

The building below is their high school. Imagine studying there…




…and having this view while you’re working on your chemistry experiments!






I believe that you wanted to take your lover here for lunch?






Oh, this is just another bus stop.





And this is just another pathway. Nothing special. Really.


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And this was the view from my hotel room window. I’m sorry I’m gushing like a retard here but it was really beautiful up there!




OK. Don’t tell anyone but I didn’t climb a mountain for days just to get to this point and have this view. πŸ˜›



Where the hell is San Marino, DJ?

It’s in Italy, nestled in the north-eastern side of the Appenine Mountains. It’s less than an hour away from Rimini in Emilia-Romagna.

Because I’ve seen it under these conditions, I would say: Go to San Marino when it’s cloudy in Rimini! πŸ˜€

I didn’t really know anything about San Marino until I went to Blogville in Bologna last month and I made it a mission to make my way here. It seems like it’s made for me because it is also a shopper’s heaven. The country is famous for its duty free shopping. There are hundreds of shops for perfume and leather goods among others. I stopped myself from going inside one because you all know how that story arc will end.

Have you been to San Marino?

P.S. My photos of San Marino are going viral in Facebook and Twitter. Share the post to your friends and let them know about this beautiful country!


How to do it on your own

The nearest airports are Bologna and Ancona. You can then take the train to Rimini. From there, San Marino is just 40 minutes away by bus from the central station. For more information, check out their official website.

Visit San Marino hosted me on my trip there. They did not fake this amazing views so I can gush about it. Which means I maintain full control of what I choose to write on Dream Euro Trip.


DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

What do YOU think?

53 Responses to “Ridiculously Surreal Photos of San Marino” Subscribe

  1. Daniela November 17, 2015 at 7:46 PM #

    Hi, i’m One of the nine Captain of the Castle of San Marino. I can say you just Thank you for this pics! San Marino is special Too in sunny days please, come again! ?

  2. Monica November 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM #

    So funny the way you write! I love it πŸ™‚

    • DJ Yabis November 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM #

      Good to hear I make you laugh, smile or roll on the floor. πŸ˜€

  3. Escape Hunter September 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM #

    San Marino must be cute. I think Rimini is a good entry point either by plane or boat from Croatia…

  4. joy March 8, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

    Hi DJ,

    which month did you go ? i was wondering if I can still experience seeing those beautiful cotton candy clouds in April πŸ™‚

    • DJ Yabis March 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

      October! It always depends on how cloudy it is. Even if its not cloudy, the view is great anywyay πŸ˜€

  5. jho VD [mountainsnbeyond] November 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

    ohhhh my.. it’s beautiful… WOW πŸ™‚

  6. Ross November 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

    Those are amazing photos. I never had any inkling to head to San Marino but after those photos I will definitely have to go. The clouds are definitely surreal!

    • DJ Yabis November 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

      Tots. It’s a very special place. I’m going back next summer for sure!

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel November 8, 2013 at 5:39 AM #

    I love your comments like, just another bus stop or just another path. Amazing photos! I’ve been to Italy, but never to a place like San Marino.

    • DJ Yabis November 8, 2013 at 5:46 AM #

      Thanks Mary! Well you know where to go next time youre in the area ;P

  8. Micki November 7, 2013 at 4:51 AM #

    Oh, this is gorgeous!

    I love how you’re so high up, overlooking the clouds. I’ve rarely seen that kind of view (except in an airplane). Yet another gorgeous place to add to our “must visit” list πŸ™‚

    • DJ Yabis November 7, 2013 at 4:53 AM #

      I know. It was so ethereal up there.

  9. Terry at Overnight New York November 7, 2013 at 3:02 AM #

    Great special effects — especially where the water looks like whipped cream!

    • DJ Yabis November 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM #

      Terry those are not special effects and definitely not water. Those are clouds! ;D

  10. Andrea November 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    San Marino and all the Marecchia Valley is also good for climbing, if you will be back come to try.

  11. Larissa November 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM #

    Heavenly photos, DJ! I didn’t realize San Marino was so close to Rimini. . .

    • DJ Yabis November 4, 2013 at 3:30 AM #

      Yes it’s super close. It’s even faster to go there if you have your own car ;P

  12. Gabi (The Nomadic Family) November 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM #

    Oh my god,what a view!!! From those picture, that first and fourteen is so so amazing.Now i really want to go there and visit myself.

    • DJ Yabis November 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM #

      You should if you’re heading to Europe soon

  13. Marina K. Villatoro November 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM #

    Wow, those are some photos. The cloud covering is incredible!

    • DJ Yabis November 4, 2013 at 12:54 AM #

      I know right. So awesome!

  14. Riz October 31, 2013 at 8:25 AM #

    Heaven on earth! Wow Just wow! I so want to teleport there right now. πŸ˜€

    I wanna visit this place before I die. :))
    When i saw your photos on FB i was like, where the hell is San Marino? I never heard about this place, Thanks for Sharing Dj!

    I lurve your photos… all of it! <3
    This one's bookmarked! πŸ˜‰

    • DJ Yabis November 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM #

      You’re welcome dear. Feel free to share it <3

  15. Eileen, The Super Tourists October 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM #

    oh wow! just got to see this post up close and personal!
    My mom has always wanted to go there but everytime she’s in Europe, she can’t find any of her travel buddies to make the day trip to San Marino.

    Hopefully next time, we could go and do a felony to be able to spend a night at the jail for a couple of nights for free. Free room and meals!

    Awesome post DJ!

    • DJ Yabis October 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

      HAHA you crack me up.

      Well you know where to go next time you’re in Europe ;P

  16. Val-This Way To Paradise October 30, 2013 at 1:13 AM #

    Incredible pictures!! No I have a new place to add to my list..

    • DJ Yabis October 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM #

      It keeps growing like mine? Haha. Thanks!

  17. Gianni October 30, 2013 at 12:40 AM #

    Complimenti per le foto, sono bellissime. Quando nelle valli c’Γ¨ la nebbia, San marino sembra un’isola in mezzo ad un mare di neve, ma Γ¨ comunque sempre bello. Quando c’Γ¨ il sereno si vedono 80 chilometri di costa e la catena degli appennini. Cos’altro? Ah si, la cucina Γ¨ favolosa.

  18. Visit San Marino October 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM #

    Thanks DJ! Your photos are amazing. We are glad that you enjoyed so much your stay!

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

      Thank you for having me ;P I will be back!

  19. Tom @ Waegook Tom October 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

    These photos are, like you, faaaabulous! Seriously, they’re making me want to go to San Marino and see it for myself. *runs off to search for cheap flights to Bologna*

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM #

      Thanks dahling. Autumn and winter are a good time because it’s mostly cloudy. See: local’s comment above πŸ˜›

  20. Davide VadalΓ  October 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM #

    I’m Italian, and I still haven’t been there. Shame on me!

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

      HA! Yes. shame on you! You should go visit like A S A P πŸ˜€

  21. wanderingeducators October 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    WOW – what incredible views!! i want to go!

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

      pencil it in your travel list πŸ˜›

  22. Luca October 29, 2013 at 5:32 AM #

    Nice pics! πŸ™‚
    If you want to see a view like this just come to San Marino during fall and winter, it’s always foggy over here…
    It is enchanting also when it snows, check out some picture of 2012 anomalous snowfall.

    By the way, “Castelli” intended as municipalities have nothing to do with the tree towers πŸ˜‰ they are just 9 “regions” which divide the country. And yes, it’s great having this breathtaking view during lessons in high school, but sadly we never made chemistry experiments πŸ˜€

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 6:45 AM #

      Oh someone who had high school classes there! Which lessons did you take then if not Chemistry?

      I heard it’s also beautiful in the winter. If I make my way to Italy this winter I might just go again for the views. πŸ˜›

      Yes true. I didn’t mean to say the three towers are 3 separate municipalities but I guess it came off that way because of the juxtaposition of sentences πŸ˜› Thanks for the clarification.

  23. Giorgio October 29, 2013 at 3:51 AM #

    Thanks a lot for your nice words from someone from over here,

    • DJ Yabis October 29, 2013 at 3:54 AM #

      You’re welcome! You have a beautiful place man! I wish I can rent an apartment there in the autumn!

  24. The Guy October 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

    They really are amazing pictures. You couldn’t have picked a better day for such magical pictures.

    I wonder what it looks like without clouds?

    • DJ Yabis October 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM #

      Without clouds you see the Apennine mountains on one side and the Italian Peninsula on the other side. I’ve seen pictures on a clear day and it’s also amazing ;P

  25. Barbara October 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM #

    Don’t need to say your pictures are awesome, right? I’ve been to San Marino a few times and for me it’s one of the most romantic places ever (especially in the Autumn).

    What was the name of your hotel? Did you like it?



    • DJ Yabis October 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM #

      True. It’s very romantic. I didn’t expect that. I will go back longer next time with my lover! Haha

      I stayed at La Grotta Hotel right in the center. I loved it. It’s at the very center. It’s beautiful, clean and the staff are helpful ;P


  26. Auston Matta October 28, 2013 at 9:33 PM #

    OMG. Must go there!

  27. Lydia October 28, 2013 at 9:12 PM #

    Amazing photos, I have never seen anywhere that looks so surreal and beautiful in my life! Is it one of your new favourites DJ? I think I will definitely go here – but I definitely want to go when it is cloudy, I guess that part is hard to predict :o)

    • DJ Yabis October 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

      YES! I will for sure take my loverboy there next time. They said the best times are autumn and winter! πŸ˜›

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