Have you ever heard of a small micronation located along the coast of the Italian Riviera?
While you may be thinking of countries like San Marino and Vatican City, you would be wrong.
Seborga is a small country located on the Italian Riviera, with its own flag, stamps, borders, passports, and royal family.
Despite this, Serpurga is not officially recognized by any other country.
The small country claims to have been independent for nearly 1,000 years.
When Italy was a patchwork of independent states, Seborga was granted independence when the Pope appointed its owner a prince.
While the Seborga lands were sold in 1719, the microstate title was not.
For this reason, the Italian village was forgotten when Italy was unified in the 19th century.
But in the 1960s, Giorgio Carbone, a local resident, discovered that Seborga’s status as a principality had never officially ended, and declared himself Prince Giorgio I of Seborga.
Over the next forty years, the self-crowned prince developed features such as a constitution, money, stamps, and a national holiday in Seborga.
After the death of Prince Giorgio, the small country of 320 people elected Prince Marcello to rule.
The current Sovereign of Seborga is Princess Nina who was elected in 2019 after a vote.
In an interview with L The world is one news“I think every little girl has a dream of becoming a princess, but I never thought I would ever become a princess,” she said.
“I worked in the previous government behind the scenes, but I never thought about being at the front.”
The Italian village has its own currency, called the Seborga luigino (SPL), with one SPL worth $6 (£4.89).
Seborga also has its own passports (although they are only used for new purposes), as well as decorative license plates.
In recent years, a trickle of vacationers have flocked to the lesser-known Italian city.
In a TripAdvisor post, one person wrote: “The location is beautiful and the views of the hills and Mediterranean will take your breath away.
“Great old houses and great restaurants too – and we didn’t see any tourists in July!”
While another added: “When you enter the city you will definitely feel as if you are in an independent medieval emirate.
“They even demarcated their borders with phony border controls.”
A third person wrote: “It’s like going back in time.”
Seborga is an hour’s drive from Nice, France, and a two-hour drive from Genoa, Italy.
Vacationers visiting Seborga will be greeted by a multilingual sign, an unmanned guard post, and a logo painted on the runway.
There are many attractions for tourists to visit including Piazza San Martino and the Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Martino Vescovo.
But Seaborg is not the only small country in the world, there is another country much closer to home.
Sealand is located 12 kilometers east of Suffolk in the North Sea, and declared itself a principality in the 1960s.
Meanwhile, tourists can only visit Eel Bay Island, which is located on the River Thames at Twickenham, twice a year.