Not Just Dante: Italian Speaking Countries In The World – Part Two

Sep 12, 2018 246

Dear Italy lovers, following the first part of our journey throughout the Italian-speaking countries, we will now find out where else in the world Italian is an official language.

San Marino

The Republic of San Marino is a microstate of 33 thousand inhabitants. Landlocked by Italy, more precisely between Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions, Italian is the only official language of this Guinnes record-breaking republic, the oldest one in the world. Ineed, it was 301 A.D. when a christian stonemason from Dalmatia named Marinus, who was escaping the Great Persecution ordered by the Roman emperor Diocletian, found shelter on the other side of the Adriatic Sea, on the slopes of Mount Titano and very close to the coastal town of Rimini.

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