|View from our hotel in San Benedetto del Tronto|
|Biking in San Benedetto del Tronto|
|Italian Water Fountain|
The first coastal resort we visited was the town of San Benedetto del Tronto situated at the center of the Italian peninsula. The name of our hotel was quite fitting: Hotel Relax. A very long biking and walking path ran beside the beaches, around the marina and through the town. We enjoyed riding different sections of it every day.
|Arch of Augustus 27 BC - Entrance to Rimini's historic center|
After several days, we moved up the coast to Rimini, the most popular of all the beach resorts. Here, as at Hotel Relax, all our meals were included. For the most part, the food has been good although I can't understand how people eat as much pasta as the Italians do and not weigh 330 lbs.
|Restored wall surrounding town of San Marino|
|View over the valley from Mount Titano|
|Palazzo Pubblico San Marino|
Only 20 minutes by car takes you from Rimini to the Republic of San Marino, the 5th smallest country in the world. Surrounded by Italy and only 24 square miles in area, it has much to boast about. It is the oldest republic in the world, has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe and no national debt. It is ranked #3 of 191 nations in healthcare.
|Charming walkways through San Marino|
Now we leave behind lazy days lounging on the beach and head north to Italy's lake region.