Trieste Travel Guide

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Trieste Highlights

  • Pro
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     Sea and hills,charm,mystery and history. 

  • Con
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     "Beach" consists of large boulders and brick boardwalk-no sand here 

  • In a nutshell
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     Not very known but beautifull town in Italy - If you visit Trieste, you won't be disappointed! 

Trieste Things to Do

  • MIRAMARE Castle

    The eclectic Castle Miramare was built between 1856 and 1860 by the architect Carl Junker as the luxurious residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. The castle is surrounded by a 22 hectar large park, which is home to numerous exotic trees and plants as well as a small castle, where Charlotte lived...

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  • Piazza Unità d'Italia

    This very large square (more than 12000 sq. meters), was built when Trieste was the main harbour of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, and changed name several times, as triste was moving from the empire to Italy, later to the free Trieste and finally back to Italy, when it received the actual name - Unità de Itália square. It is surrounded by several...

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  • SAN GIUSTO Castle & Cathedral

    In the fifth century this church was a basilica which was built in place of a Roman temple. It was probably destroyed in the IX century. Between the IX and the X century two churches were built on the site of this basilica. These were joined to form this cathedral in the XIV century.

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Trieste Restaurants

  • Have lunch in the city center.

    Bar-pasticceria Urbanis is a meeting place where people go to have an aperitivo (drink taken before meals). Here you can have lunch as well. At Urbanis they serve a good choice of first and second courses. They also have sandwiches and desserts.Here food is really cheap. Drinks served at the table are not.Urbanis is an historic cafe, but it is...

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  • Some years ago it was a bakery.

    This nice cafe-confectionery was opened in 1933 as a bakery. Some years ago it was enlarged and completely modernized. At Sircelli' s you can find a large selection of pastries, cakes, some savoury food as pizza by the slice and various kinds of bread.Sometimes it is a problem to find a seat here. This cafe is quite small. I like their apple pie...

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  • Goulash, sausages, beer and more.

    Buffet Rudy is a a restaurant where you can have Italian, local and Bavarian dishes. Every time I am in Trieste I use to go there for dinner. The food is very good and the portions are big.The only downside of this restaurant is that is quite a noisy place. The reason is because it has only a dining room and part of it is a bar; a popular bar I can...

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Trieste Nightlife

  • In the hot summer nights,...

    In the hot summer nights Piazza Unita is usually crowded by the both, locals and tourists who ejoy in walkings, refreshing air coming from the sea-water front, meeting each other or sipping cold drinks in number of bars around the square.It is also open-air stage for concerts or other events.Bring along dozen or two cold bears, watch beautiful...

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  • The main theatre for drama

    The Teatro Stabile Friùli Venezia Giulia, whose main seat is the Politeama Rossetti (built in 1878), is the main theatre in Trieste, apart from the opera house Teatro Giuseppe Verdi.Every theatre play usually runs for five times, including an afternoon and a Sunday performance, while the others start at 20.30 - 21. I subscribed to the 2005-2006...

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  • The opera house of Trieste

    Teatro Verdi is the opera house of Trieste. It is located inside a beautiful building (photos to come) close to Piazza Unità d'Italia. Many operas are scheduled from autumn to spring and every opera is performed several times within a week. Unfortunately, I have never attended one because I have often been busy with my studies and because the only...

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Trieste Transportation

  • Bus to Croatia from Trieste in Italy

    Go by bus for Rijeka in Croatia from Trieste and from there by bus to other places in Croatia. Autotrans (International Croantian Bus Company). Inter the first letters in Arrival Place only.Regards Jesper

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  • Public bus

    As far as I could seen, during many visites to Trieste, public transportation in the town is very well organized. I hope you wont need it when in Trieste because all important spots could be reacable on foot. However, you'll meed it to visit the Castle of Miramare, which is situated approx. 5 km from the city centre.

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  • From Trieste to Opicina by tram

    The Opicina tram is not only a means of transport but also one of the most popular sights of the city.The tramline was inaugurated in 1902 and links the square Piazza Oberdan in Trieste with the village of Opicina on the hill plateau. On the 5,2 km route it gains more than 320 metres in height, therefore the tram is supported by a so called cable...

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Trieste Shopping

  • Fave (also favette, or fave del morto.)

    They are candies made of almonds. White, brown or pink. You can find them from september until the end of november.

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  • How to go shopping and feel European

    Centro Commerciale "Torri d'Europa" ("Towers of Europe") is the largest department store in Trieste. It is located a little outside the city, on the way to Slovenija, but you can also reach it with bus 29 and night bus B. There are 120 shops, a supermarket, several restaurants as well as a cinema. I must not forget to mention the huge car park...

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  • -15% on all books

    Libreria Borsatti is one of my favourite bookshops because it has a lot of books but also, and that is the main reason, because they apply a 15% discount on all books. (Well, dictionaries and some other books are not subject to the discount). You should go there if you wish to buy a guidebook or a history book about Trieste, Istria and anything...

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Trieste Local Customs

  • Fontana Due Mascheroni

    Fontana Due Mascheroni stands in the middle of open space of Largo Don Francesco Bonifacio, right next to the legendary Cinema Excelsior. In the Italian architecture, mascheroni are called the sculptures that adorn the entrance, enriching it by two series of statues. I don't know who designed the fountain, but it is in any case enriched this...

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  • Palazzo Gopcevich - Museo Civico

    Spiridone Gopcevich was one of the biggest shipowner in Trieste. As it comes from his name, the family is originated from Montenegro, more precisely from Boka Kotorska which used to be the part of Dubrovnik Republic and later on the kingdom of Montenegro. Boka Kotorska was annexed by Austro-Hungarian empire and become one of the most important...

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  • James Joyce

    James Joyce (1882-1941) was one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. In his early twenties he emigrated permanently to continental Europe, living in Trieste, Zuerich and Paris.The story tells that Joyce had supposedly acquired a post to teach English at the Berlitz Language School in Zuerich,...

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Trieste Warnings and Dangers

  • Negligent waiters

    First of all, Trieste is a beautiful town. It is ideal for both sightseeing and shopping. However, while landlords and shops staff are usually very polite and helpful, be aware of hectic and often rude waiters/waitresses while you are making breaks in the coffee shops with seating in the open air on Piazza del Unità, or dinning in the restaurants...

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  • La Bora

    A very icy cold wind blowen straight from Siberia........to the harbour and coastline of Trieste.It's very difficult to walk in the wind and you have to protect yourself with a good jacket, because it's freeeeeezing !!!The photo is made around the Christmasperiod 2006

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  • The "bora" is very disturbing

    All those who have spent at least some time in Trieste know what bora is.The name bora comes from Greek and Latin borea meaning "North" and refers a wind that blows all the year in Trieste and Istria/Istra. It can reach the speed of 150 or even 200 kms/h. In autumn 2004 it blew at 240 kms/h in the Pag island (Croatian Istra). Therefore, look at the...

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Trieste Tourist Traps

  • Fountain Of The Four Continents

    At the far end of Piazza Unita d'Italia (away from the sea) is set the Fontana de Quattro Continente. Or Fountain Of The Four Continents, built by Mazzoleni in 1750. There is a column bearing a bronze statue representing Charles IV, erected to commemorate the Emperor's visit to the town in 1728. Just beyond the Piazza Unita d'Itlalia and to the...

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  • Traffic!!!

    Traffic!!! Geez I hate Triete's (read: Italian) traffic. What a mess! People are driving just wherever they want to - they don't care about anything and anybody! And there are millions of little vespas which were driving me crazy. I'm not coming to Trieste by bike again. I can be happy I came home in one piece - I have no idea how come nobody hit...

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  • Bora power

    Look at this mopeds....this is not a new way to park...but only the way that Bora wind parks this mopeds!!!

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Trieste What to Pack

  • Free tourist map and guide - Trieste

    At our hotel we picked up a free tourist map and guide of Trieste. It was published by the Tourist Office of Friaul Venezia Giulia and was also available from the local Tourist Office in Trieste.It turned out to be an excellent and very helpful map during our 5 days in Trieste: Besides a large map of the centre of Trieste it also included...

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  • Mind the weather!

    If you need to bring a lot of luggage, therefore you are considering using buses to reach your accomodation, be aware that some buses (especially lines 24 and 30) are very small, while the buses running on the main lines (numbers 1, 17, 17/ and others) are always overcrowded and you may have problems to get off the bus. So, if you are not...

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  • Climate

    The weather in Trieste is generally good, without any extremes, sunny and free of fogs.Average year's temperature in Trieste 91-00 : 15,6 C° Coldest month: january ( 6,4 c°)Warmest month: august (24,8 C°)Average precipitations 964 mm.Hours of insolation in a year: 2480 hrs. Statistically 300 sunny or partially sunny days in year's average .Wedged...

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Trieste Off The Beaten Path

  • Trains & Trams

    The tram de Opcina is a 105-year-old rack-railway line that connects Piazza Oberdan in Trieste to the suburb of Villa Opicina. It correspond to line 2 of the public transport network. The track is five kilometres long but the tram takes half an hour to cover them, due to the steepness. It is used mainly by people of Opicina who work in Trieste, but...

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  • Villa Revoltella

    Villa Revoltella is a park located on the city's outskirts. On its grounds there is a beautiful chapel; built around 1860 and a beautiful chalet. It was the summer residence of Baron Revoltella (XIX century). You can go to Villa Revoltella by bus from the city centre (n. 25 or 26). The entrance to the park is in via de Marchesetti.

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  • Sinagoga ebraica

    Trieste had four beautiful ancient temples, all of which were destoyed. Above the doors of the temple there are the symbols of the Jewish community : a crown, the breastplate of Aron, palms and a sheaf of corn. Inside are gilded frizes, marble walls, and an imposing organ. There is also a Mikveh (ritual bath) in the basement.

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Trieste Sports & Outdoors

  • A little ice rink.

    In the winter there is a little nice ice rink in piazza Ponterosso.I thought it was a place suitable for kids, but I also spotted some adults there. You can take your skates along or rent a pair of these on the spot.

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  • Swiming in the shadow of Miramare

    This small beach is situated nearby the entrance at the Castle of Miramare. It is, as far as I am concerned, the most beautiful beach resorts in whole area of Trieste, and the water is pretty clean here. I suppose it was the favorite beach resort of the Royal Hapsburg family.

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  • Beach resort of Barcola

    The part of the coast called Riviera di Barcola runs bellow the lighthouse Faro della Vittoria. It is splendid promenade and one of the favourite and most frequented parts of the town. In the summer season, it is the favorite beach resorts of the locals. Besides, here you can find finest restaurants of the town.

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Trieste Favorites

  • Piazza d'Unita

    Piazza d'Unita is the biggest open space in Trieste city centre and the one of the biggest square in Italy aswell. Here you can see some of the most representative palaces in the town, such as the Town Hall, Palazzo Pitteri, LLoyd Adriatico and the fine yesteryear hotel Duca d'Aosta.The square is often said to be European's largest square located...

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  • The Town Hall

    This square is often said to be European's largest square located next to the sea. It was built during the period when Trieste was the main port of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Before 1919 it was known as Piazza Grande. An eclectic construction of extreme interest by Giuseppe Bruni (1877). Nineteenth century buildings line up the two sides of...

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  • Palazzo Carciotti

    The palace is designed in the neo-Classical style for Greek trader Demetrio Carciotti. Later on in 1831 it become the first seat of Assicurazioni Generali. The huge and representative Palazzo Carciotti, designed by Matteo Pertsch in1805, dominates the whole area of Riva Tre Novembre. Its western side is situated along the Canale Grande. Today it...

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