Beautiful, elegant: this is the outward face of Trieste, a city and strategic port that has long between the gateway between western Europe and its central-southern counterpart.
With its refined, Mitteleuropean air, a vestige of its Habsburg past, contaminated with a more Mediterranean flavour, for centuries it has fascinated artists and writers, such as James Joyce and Stendhal.
The city’s open-air salon, Piazza Unità d’Italia, seems somehow frozen in both time and space, while the unpredictable Bora wind and the salty tang of the sea air are a constant presence. Take a walk along the ‘Molo Audace’ pier and you will see what we mean!
Trieste is known as the ‘city of coffee and cafés’. Indeed, coffee is a way of life, one that has deep roots in the city’s culture.
Trieste is surrounded by the rocky Karst Plateau, a wonderland of natural treasures. Occupying the border between the weather of the Atlantic and that of the continental mass, the Karst has some truly unique flora and fauna. The Karst’s natural wonders can be admired at any time of year, with a visit to its caves or a walk along its scenic paths. Prepare to be amazed and enchanted in equal measure by the atmospheric charm of these places and their magnificent setting, and to fall in love with a city with class to spare.
Take a stroll through Piazza Unità d'Italia, the largest piazza in Europe to border the sea
Take a souvenir photo against the backdrop of the Miramare Castle at sunset
Take at least one trip on the Opicina tram
Go on an excursion to the ‘Falesie di Duino’ nature reserve
Observe a respectful silence at the Risiera di San Sabba, the only Nazi concentration camp to have been built on Italian soil
Ride the Giordano Cottur walking/cycle route and enjoy some wonderful views of the Karst landscape
See the jaw-dropping spectacle of the stalagmites and stalactites in the Grotta Gigante (‘giant cave’) at Sgonico
Take a tour of the ‘osmize’ of the Karst Plateau, and enjoy the region’s most traditional specialities
Savour some of the best coffee in Italy in one of the city’s many historic cafés
Take in a show at the Miela Theatre