Emporium Italy by Chiaroscuro: how to get to our store in San Marino

Our store is located in the heart of the Historic Center of San Marino, a unique place that will captivate every visitor with its ancient flavor and fairytale atmosphere. Our tiny republic encapsulates a world of wonders worth exploring at a leisurely pace. From shops to historical attractions, from culinary delights to breathtaking landscapes, San Marino is a concentration of beauty and traditions that will leave an indelible mark on the heart of anyone who visits.


Where to buy handcrafted leather bags in San Marino

We await you in our store, in Contrada dei Magazzeni 33, you will have to reach us on foot as the historic center is a limited traffic area.

You can park in the nearby P6 or P7 parking, less than a 5-minute walk from our Italian-made leather goods store.

When you are in the store, ask for me, Riccardo, I'll be waiting for you with a glass of fresh Prosecco wine!

The artisanal excellence of Emporium Italy by Chiaroscuro

Upon crossing the threshold of our store, you will be enveloped by the scent of real leather and the warmth of a family atmosphere. Here you can see up close all our collections, and you can touch with your own hands the quality of the leather of our bags.

How to recognize a quality leather bag

What truly makes Emporium Italy bags special? First of all, the choice of the finest leathers, crafted in Italy, soft and smooth, which over time acquire a unique vintage charm.

Then there is the artisanal workmanship, with accurate finishes that ensure long-lasting durability.

Finally, the attention to details like buckles, studs and inserts that make each bag an exclusive piece.

When evaluating the quality of a leather bag, let our advice guide you, we have been selling quality leather bags since 1992.

Observe the grain of the leather, which should be uniform and free of imperfections. Check the sturdiness of the stitching, which should be regular and well-tensioned. And look at details such as the internal finishes, which reveal the artisanal care of the product.

Tourist attractions in San Marino: between history and panorama

After shopping, it's time to immerse yourself in the rich, millennial history and culture of our country. The small city perched on Mount Titano is a true treasure trove of architectural gems and breathtaking panorama.

The three towers of San Marino

The unmistakable emblem of San Marino is situated on the top of Monte Titano: the Three Towers. The Guaita Tower, the oldest, dates back to the 11th century and offers a spectacular view over the valley below. Access is permitted, and you can visit inside, as well as the Cesta Tower. This majestic and imposing fortress still preserves the prison cells, while the Montale Tower, or third tower, is not open to the public.

The Towers are less than a 5-minute walk from our store!

The historic center and basilica of San Marino

Descending from the First Tower, you will immerse yourself in the beating heart of San Marino, the historic center declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. A labyrinth of stone streets and lively squares with shops, cafes and typical restaurants. We definitely recommend visiting the Basilica of San Marino, a jewel of Romanesque-Gothic architecture decorated with splendid frescoes.

The Basilica is a few minutes' walk from our store; just continue along Contrada dei Magazzeni, and you will find yourself in front of the stone columns of San Marino.

Right on the Basilica, you will find the inscription declaring the "freedom" of our Republic: "Relinquo vos liberos ab utroque homine," which translates as "I leave you free from both men," implying the figures of the Pope and the Emperor. These words are attributed to Saint Marino himself.

Experiences in San Marino

Shopping in San Marino is an experience in itself, ranging from purchasing leather bags to high-end watchmaking. Our tiny historic center is a true paradise for lovers of quality shopping and unique objects.

In addition to shopping, San Marino is also famous for our traditional cuisine.

Typical dishes

The cuisine is a true treasure trove of authentic flavors, the fruit of a centuries-old culinary tradition.

You can taste tagliatelle or strozzapreti (a rustic pasta made with water and flour) typically dressed with a meat ragù, or try the piadina, with ham and melted cheese. In season, try the mushrooms and truffles in local restaurants.

Local products

What makes sammarinese cuisine unique are the high-quality local ingredients. From meats to cheeses and wines, every product is a concentration of genuine, authentic flavors.

In the historic center, you can purchase products from the "Terra di San Marino" shop. You'll find everything from fresh bread to olive oil, all Made in San Marino.

Events

Our country is always buzzing, especially in summer when events occurrences almost daily.

The main events this year will be:

  • San Marino Women Motorcycling (May 25-26)
  • Calici di Bolle (May 29 - June 2)
  • Torneo Pallavolo dei Piccoli Stati d'Europa - Femminile (May 30 - June 2)
  • Fluxo Summer 2024 (June 10 – August 8)
  • Rapublic Hip Hop Music Festival Vol.4 (June 13-14)
  • Enduro European Championship 2024 (June 15-16)
  • La Titanica (June 15-16)
  • 52° Rally di San Marino (June 21-23)
  • San Marino Photo Cosplay (June 21-23)
  • Vespa Titano Day (June 23)
  • Tour de France (June 29)
  • Tavball European Tour San Marino (July 5-7)
  • Copertina (July 16-18)
  • Giornate Medioevali (July 26-28)
  • Internazionali di Tennis San Marino Open ATP Challenger Tour (July 28 - August 4)
  • SMIAF Project (August 2-4)
  • Copertina (August 8-10)
  • San Marino Comix (August 23-25)
  • Festa di San Marino e celebrazioni del Santo Patrono (September 3)
  • Copertina (September 5-7)
  • Gran Premio di MotoGP (September 6-8)
  • Rallylegend (October 10-13)
  • Mercatini di Natale (date to be confirmed)

For all updates, here is the official link to the VisitSanMarino official site.

How to get to San Marino: Travel Tips

San Marino is easily accessible from many cities in Emilia Romagna and Marche, both by public transportation and by car.

By bus from Rimini

If you're starting from Rimini, one of the most convenient options is to take the bus line that connects the city to the upper part of San Marino. You'll need to ask for a ticket to "San Marino Città". With frequent services, in just over an hour you'll be right at your destination, without the stress of driving or looking for parking.

By car

For those who prefer to travel by their own car, San Marino is easily accessible by following the signs for the historic center. Once you arrive, you can leave your car in one of the large parking lots located just outside the walls, such as the P9 parking lot or the closer P6 and P7. From there, you can easily reach the center on foot.

By train

Another option is to take the train to the Rimini station and continue by bus or taxi to the center of San Marino. This solution may be more economical than renting a car, but a bit more inconvenient for getting around during your visit.

Whatever mode of transport you choose, I advise you to leave with plenty of time to fully enjoy the day without stress. San Marino deserves to be experienced ideally "from dawn to dusk". The sunset is one of the most magical moments you'll remember from your visit, as the sun sets over Val Marecchia and the center lights up in shades of red and orange.

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