Seborga is a small town of 320 people in northwest Italy, near the French border. While it is a part of Italy, it is notable for having voted to become the independent Principality of Seborga, ruled by a "prince" who was known locally as Sua Tremendità ('His Tremendousness') until his death in 2009. He was replaced by Prince Marcello, who was elected in 2010.
Seborga has its own flag, anthem, postage stamps, and currency, the luigino, a souvenir coin that is accepted for payment in the village. The postage stamps cannot be used to send mail as they are not recognized by the town's post office, which is operated by Poste Italiane.
Seborga sits in an olive- and flower-growing region, and benefits from tourist interest in the self-proclaimed principality.
Seborga is on route SP57 north of the E80 highway that runs between Genoa and Nice. At the Bordighera interchange, follow Via Generale Vincenzo Rossi 9 km north from Le Mimose.
The nearest train station is 13 km away at Bordighera - about a 3-hour walk.
The town covers less than 5 km2, so it is walkable for most people.
- Piazza San Martino - Seborga's compact medieval square
- Museo strumenti musicali Seborga - museum of musical instruments with 135 instruments dating from the 18th to 21st centuries
- Chiesa San Martino - St. Martin's church - baroque 17th-century church on the main square, with frescoes and mosaics.
- Chiesa de San Bernardo, at the entrance to the village.
- Festival of San Sebastiano, 20 January
- Festival of San Bernardo, 20 August - celebrates the principality's claimed independence.
- Festival of San Martino, 11 November
Exchange rates for Seborgan luigini
As of January 2020:
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The Principality of Seborga has issued its own currency, the luigino (ISO code: SPL), divided into 100 centisimi.
Luigini may be accepted by some businesses in Seborga, but they are not accepted or exchangeable outside of the town. The euro is the generally accepted currency.
Luigini are sold as coins, fixed to the US dollar at a rate of 1 luigino = US$6. Coins were issued between 1995 and 1997 with the effigy of Prince Giorgio in values of 5 centesimi, 15 centesimi, 1/2 luigino (50 centesimi), 1 luigino, and 7 ½ luigini. Coins with the effigy of the new prince, Marcello, were issued in 2012 and 2013 with values of 1, 2 and 2½ luigini. No banknotes have been issued.
Eat and drinkEdit
- Ristorante Marcellino's, Via Miranda 2, Seborga. Great view. €14-18 for starters and first course, €18-26 for main dishes.
- Osteria del Coniglio, Via G. Verdi 7, Seborga. Coniglio (rabbit) is its specialty.
- SB Bed and Breakfast, Strada per Negi 2/a, Seborga. Private bathroom, shared kitchen, free parking, wifi double €90/night with breakfast.
- Agriturismo Monaci Templarri, Strada Della Villa 11d, Seborga. private bath, tennis, free parking, wifi double €47/night.
- B&B Gabu, Strada Dormiello 3, Seborga. shared bath, free parking, wifi twin €50/night.