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Places of Interest in Trieste, Italy

May 16th, 2009

trieste-italy-places-of-interest.jpgThis city and port of Trieste is located on the northeastern side of Italy within a short distance of Slovenia and Croatia. With a population of over 200,000, it has an ethnic mix from the nearby regions.

Various touristic attractions are scattered around this city with a rich history. Since the 3rd millennium BC, people have settled in the area. The city was ruled by the Roman Republic by 177 BC and under this rule, Julio Caesar recorded its name as Tergeste. Much later on, Trieste became a domain of Austria. As an important port and trade hub, it was occupied by French troops on various occasions during the Napoleonic Wars. Following this, Trieste became the capital of the Austrian Littoral region. In 1920, the city became part of Italy.

This picturesque city provides many beautiful views. It definitely benefits from its location as a walk down the coast presents the opportunity of seeing Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. In nearby Miramare stands the famous Miramare Castle. Built between 1856 and 1860, the castle fits in well to the gardens and is located right next to the sea. It is still in great condition and the gardens have various paths and seats. There are few better places to relax.

Various churches can be found in the city including the Cathedral of San Giusto, the Temple of Holy Trinity and St. Spiridio, the Basilica of San Silvestro, the Church of San Nicolò dei Greci which follows the Austrian late baroque style, and the Israelite Temple of Trieste.

Various historical landmarks are scattered through the city including the Arch of Riccardo, built in 33 BC and believed to be where King Richard of England crossed on the way back from the Crusades. The Roman Theatre is also an important landmark, lying at the foot of the San Giusto hill. The theatre was built mainly from stone, exploiting the mild slope where it is situated.

The Piazza dell’ Unita provides part of a nice central point to the city. Whilst public transport is useful for reaching Miramare, the city centre can be walked fairly easily.

Trieste is served by train, bus, and plane. The city’s port status has declined as there are better located ports around the area, but the nearby Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport provides international transport. Bus services are available to Slovenia and Croatia and many trains run to Venice, Milan, and other areas.

This beautiful city is relaxed and picturesque. It is not a beach location, but the sea adds a lot to the feel of the place. Despite the size, Trieste has much to offer.


Patrick MacGougan is a freelance writer for Constant Content who specializes in articles relating to European travel and tourist destinations.


One Response to “Places of Interest in Trieste, Italy”

  1. comment number 1 by: ingrid

    Sights in Trieste:

    Miramare Castle and especially a walk in the garden – walk to the Sphinx near the beach;

    Piazza Unità d’Italia, the biggest open place facing the sea in Europe with nearby the Opera Teatro Verdi and Corso Italia, a shopping street;

    Castle San Giusto, church, lapidarian with epitaph for Mr Winkelmann, “father” of Archaeology;

    Drinks and Food:

    Cafè Illy for the best coffee in town, straight behind the church San Antonio near Piazza San Giovanni; for a drink before dinner top barman;

    Malabar, Piazza San Giovanni: best choice for a local wine tasting; talk to Walter, the owner!

    Pirona, Largo Barriera 12: superb little antique coffee shop; for a coffee + dessert

    Rex, on the corner Piazza Borsa – Corso Italia: hippest place for a downtown aperitif together with Circus, Via San Lazzaro 9

    For further comments see http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Italy/Friuli_Venezia_Giulia/Trieste-141314/Nightlife-Trieste-BR-1.html

    Chic and expensive: Ristorante Le Vele (for a drink and/or dinner): Viale Miramare, on the corner of crossing to the castle Miramare within a hotel complex

    Chic, near to my flat and the best pizza and chicken in town: La Casablanca Riva T. Gulli, 4, Trieste 040 301065 (booking!)

    Near the water, nice seafood or just for a drink: Tavernetta al Molo, Port of Grignano (on the coastal road after Miramare tunnel turn down towards the beach);

    Same direction, yet turn right when you arrive at the parking; there’s a pedestrian passage passing a sort of tunnel, take the first entrance: Tiki, beach bar; best location for a drink + sunset.

    For seafood in a nice, yet modern ambiente: Antica Ghiacceretta, Via dei Fornelli 2 (not far from my appartment); talk to the owner, Bruno

    Classic Austrian food and a must place to see once: Buffet da Pepi, near Piazza Borsa in Via Cassa di Risparmio 3: pig, craut, sausages.. let them mix you a plate to taste with a draft beer.

    Visit the beaches along the coastal road, turning towards Miramare castle. I like most the Ginestre, beach with parking halfway to Sistana on the coastal road.

    Talk to someone to bring you in a nice Osmiza, place where you can taste local wine terrano (an acid red wine), ham and cheese: Ask or simply go and look for a pine bush branch in Sgonico (north from Trieste), Monrupino (northeast from Trieste). The hinterland of Trieste is very very nice, yet you might get lost! Take a good map and your identity card in case you must cross the border to Slovenia.

    Try to go to Lipica in Slovenia; just a few km from the border to Trieste/Italy – border station is Sezana.

    lipica.org/?vie=cnt&str=12_eng

    There are the renown Lipizzaner horses, a beautiful golf course! Let Fabio bring you there!!! Talk to the pro Andrej and send him my best regards!

    Also with someone try to fix a visit at KANTE, the most famous wine maker in Trieste. Kante is in Località Prepotto 1/A, Duino Aurisina, Phone +39 040 200255 or mobile +39 348 4446808. Talk to Edi Kante, the owner and winemaker, bring him my regards (from Ingrid, the Austrian with the sweet wine).

    If you are riding towards Gorizia, north of Trieste in direction Udine (beautiful landscape) try to have lunch at Trattoria Devetak, San Michele del Carso, 48 in Savogna d’Isonzo (closed on Monday and Tuesday). This place is not far from Gradisca, another tiny little town in Friuli region.

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