The neo-Gothic-style Government House (Palazzo Pubblico) with its square crenelated tower was designed by the architect Francesco Azzurri in the late 1800s and built of stone, quarried on Mount Titano. The facade is decorated with coats-of-arms of the Republic.
Certainly one of the quirkiest and most entertaining things to see in San Marino is this collection of strange objects and peculiar inventions. In the collection of about 100 objects are 60-centimeter-tall wooden clogs, designed to wear during Venice's high waters, the world's longest fingernails, a 1700s German mousetrap, a trap for fleas, a 17th-century hand-pumped shower, a "nose watch" that works by creating smoke of different scents each hour, and silver covers to protect the long fingernails of Chinese Mandarins. There are displays about unusual people, too - the world's tallest recorded man and its shortest woman. Even the free transport, offered to take you from the municipal parking to the museum, is interesting - a 1913 Ford motor-coach.
Consisting of artworks and other treasures from the Princely Family's 400-year-old private collection, the items on display have been supplemented by donations from notable private collectors such as Adulf Goop, whose collection of rare bejeweled Easter eggs includes a work by the famous Karl Fabergé. Other highlights include an array of superb artworks, including the "Rhine Journey" series by Johann Ludwig Bleuler, a large collection of historic weaponry, along with many other artifacts.
Famous for its stoneware crockery and traditional tiled stoves, this art-related attraction offers guided tours of the workshop, glazing area, and kiln room. Of interest in Eschen are the Pfrundhaus, a 14th-century building used to display local art, as well as the charming Holy Cross Chapel. Eschen is also the starting place of an easy one-and-a-half-hour hike, offering superb views of the surrounding area.
Just three kilometres north of Vaduz, at the foot of the Drei Schwestern massif, is Schaan, a busy little industrial town notable for its old Roman fort foundations. Located in a beautiful spot, perched above the town, is the 18th-century pilgrimage church of Maria zum Trost, notable for its fine views.
The cuisine is similar to that of the Italian Romagna region which borders San Marino. However, it also features its own typical dishes. Traditional recipes include faggioli con le cotiche - a dark bean soup flavored with bacon and traditionally prepared at Christmas and pasta e cece - a soup of chickpeas and noodles flavored with garlic and rosemary. Another amazing dish is called nidi di rondine - pasta with smoked ham, cheese, beef, and a tomato sauce, which is then covered with a white sauce and baked in the oven. Roast rabbit with fennel is also popular.
Standards of etiquette are similar to those in Italy. Due to the importance of the tourism industry, the Sammarinese are accustomed to welcoming people from all over the world.
The predominant religion, Roman Catholicism, is still regarded as the principal religion. Historically, the Sammarinese have been against the Vatican's political control over their republic but have embraced the pope's spiritual authority on religious matters.
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