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Social Life in San Marino

Behavior

The Sammarinese are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively.

As a visitor to San Marino, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our San Marino Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

The traditional dress of San Marino is similar to that of nearby Italy and reflects that of historic European dress in general as most men wore shirts and pants, while women wore long dresses. For the women, the dress often consisted of a loose-fitting, long-sleeved white shirt, an apron or vest, and a long skirt. Although variations existed, most outfits were in red, blue, and gold, but white and black were always the base colors. For men, the traditional dress consisted of pants with a long-sleeved shirt and a vest or short jacket.

Today the dress in San Marino is no different than that of Italy, Europe, or much of the world as a whole. Modern western-styled clothing is the norm and as a visitor to San Marino you should wear the same. There are few dress restrictions in the country, but visiting churches or other important religious or political sites do require a bit more formality as shorts should be avoided.

This page was last updated: November, 2013