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The Towers of San Marino

By Linda Tancs

San Marino is the world’s oldest republic and is surrounded by Italy.  This medieval gem is beloved for its three towers, perched atop Monte Titano in the capital city of San Marino.  The oldest of the three towers is Guaita (constructed in the 11th century).  Next is the 13th century Cesta, located on the highest of Monte Titano’s summits.  The youngest, 14th century Montale, is on the smallest of Monte Titano’s summits and is still privately owned.  As you might expect, the landmark takes pride of place on the flag and coat of arms of this enclave.  It also boasts its own confection, the Torta Di Tre Monti (“Cake of the Three Towers”), a layered wafer cake covered in chocolate.

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