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Seeing San Marino from Faenza

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Seeing San Marino from Faenza

We four women are staying 5 nights in Faenza after a week in an apartment in Florence. We'd like to see San Marino and hope the train goes there from Faenza. Should we book a tour? Shopping is not all we're interested in. Is there a more comprehensive tour? Or could we go and explor on our own? Has anybody stayed in FAENZA? Just picked it off the map, found central reasonably priced accommocation and hope to find it another charming Italian town from which we can take excursions by bus or train , while staying at a B&B Paradiso there. Comments very welcome.

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1. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

We stayed just outside Faenza last year and drove around but as you said it is possible too see other site around. Brisighella is very worth going. The diesel train line reaches Florence but already arriving to Marradi and stopping to Brisighella on the return would make the day awesome.

Haven't news about tours to San Marino, we have been once and for the limited area you can certainly arrange your own timing. It is enough to get to Rimini and catch a bus outside the train station.

we have rewiewed La Baita restaurant in Faenza and La Cavallina in Brisighella on TA. It might be helpful to you reading them.

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2. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

Thanks. Will check your restaurant reviews and take this advice with me.

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3. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

Hi,

since San Marino is another country ( :-O ) there isn't a train connection to the Italian railroads. But there are buses connection to other places. In this discussion tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187807-i682-k5645… there are some link with connection from the Rimini train station, so quite easy to reach.

By train from Faenza, to do daily trip, is better go to Bologna. Bologna is a very big train hub for northern and central Italy, so from there you can find trains to reach a lot of other cities and town.

Or, a good solution could be rent a car and move by yourself. By car from Faenza to San Marino should be less than 1 hour. And in the same time you can reach a lot of other nice places to visit (Rerrara, Ravenna, Bologna, the Po delta, the Comacchio valleys, Riccione...).

Bye

Riccardo

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Many thanks for your helpful reply. I will check out the website you suggest.

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5. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

If you haven't already gone, I would say San Marino is okay for an afternoon. If you were close by in Rimini then I would suggest a visit, but not to go out of your way to visit the place.

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6. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

We four women (above) did see San Marino from Faenza quite easily. We took the train to Rimini, caught the bus and enjoyed the old republic. Too many shops, and the soldiers didn't march outside city hall, but it was a good daylong excursion. No regrets.

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7. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

Where did you stay in Faenza? Looking at this town as a half way option for visiting Modena one day and San Marino another day. Not sold yet on the town, as there is limited info. Would love your input on Faneza @babsToronto!!

Thanks :)

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8. Re: Seeing San Marino from Faenza

Well, to tell the truth, Faenza is a very quiet town. Not much happening and we are older so not looking for nightlife. There are a lot of museums. The best is the Museo of Ceramics, well worth visiting. Otherwise, we spent 5 days there and the only interesting hours were spent going to San Marino and to Brizighella, a tiny ancient village only minutes away. Fewer days would be recommended. We liked the place where we stayed very much though. It's called Paradiso something and I reported on it in Trip Advisor, also reported on a great restaurant just down the street from Paradiso. Baia de Re, very authentic Italian food. 10% off for guests of the Paradiso. The Paradiso is not in the town centre -- it's about a 15 minute walk from it on a quiet residential street. They give you a voucher for breakfast at a nearby bar which was OK with us (see my review) but a lot of past guests complained that there was not breakfast on site. Small supermarket next door and we had breakfast in our room. used voucher later in the day. We spent our spare time on our balconies, and playing scrabble on a table for 4 on the second floor. The staff was not omni-present but was friendly and agreeable when seen. If you're driving, good free street parking. We were train travelers and the station is about a 10 minute walk from the Paradiso. Good luck. Will be interested to hear what you decide. babs

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