Trieste: A Fusion of Central European and Mediterranean Culture

Trieste is a city that was loved by James Joyce, who lived there in the early 1900s. It’s also the birthplace of both Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba. The city of Trieste played a distinct role in shaping the cultural and literary movement of the last century. It rests on the border between the Italian and the Istrian peninsulas, on a small strip of land between the Adriatic Sea and the Karst Plateau. It has characteristics of a border town and has a Hapsburg atmosphere due to its location, as well as the events which unfolded there over the last century. Even though it’s located in Italy’s smallest province, it abounds with places of historical, natural, and technological interest, all while captivating its visitors with its border town ambience.


4 days


Best season : May, June, and September

Included / Not Included


Assistance upon arrival at the Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari Airport or the train station


Transportation to your hotel


Three nights in a hotel, with a minimum of three stars


Directions and suggestions for best beaches


Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM


Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants


Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French


Flights to/from your home city


Meals where not mentioned


Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)


You’ll arrive at the Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari Airport or at the train station, where a representative from Italy Trails will meet you, give you a warm welcome, and will provide you with all that you need for your trip.
You’ll be transported to your hotel to drop off your luggage or to check in, depending on your arrival time. From there, you’ll head straight to Trieste’s city center, where you can take a pleasant stroll as you can admire Trieste’s architecture and its Hapsburg influence. The walking route we recommend begins in Europe’s most beautiful plaza, which looks directly over the sea, and where you can see incredibly designed, historical municipal structures, such as the Lloyd Triestino building. You’ll then proceed to the Molo Audace (a large pier), at the end of which is a large, bronze compass. The compass was placed here to commemorate the Audace, a naval cruiser, which was the first Italian ship to dock at the Port of Trieste at the end of the First World War. This is when the city of Trieste became a part of Italy loved by the people of Trieste. The walking route continues along the Canal Grande, with a brief stop on the Ponte Rosso (a wide bridge) to admire the view from where the statue of James Joyce stands. As you continue along the canal, you’ll find a gorgeous Serbian Orthodox church on your right, while right in front of you you’ll see the largest Neoclassical style church in the whole city. In a nearby plaza is an historical cafe where James Joyce began his initial drafts of the novel, Finnegans Wake – it’s a place with a distinct atmosphere of times gone by. In its main room, exhibitions and cultural events take place throughout the year. When you’re there, you can sip a spritz, the city’s classic drink.

Night in Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll go to the Museum of Natural History, one of Italy’s oldest museums. It’s full of one-of-a-kind exhibits from the Karst region, and is home to a dinosaur named Antonio. He was the most important paleontological find in all of Europe. You’ll then move towards the city center where you’ll visit a series of anti-aircraft tunnels that were built by the Germans during World War II. After lunch, you’ll take a bus to see a lovely castle, built at the behest of Maximilian of Hapsburg between 1856-1860 by the architect Carl Junker. Maximilian was the archduke of Austria and Emperor of Mexico. The castle, made of white Istrian Stone, was home of Princess Sisi when she was in Trieste. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Marine Reserve, an area of over 50 acres that is protected by the WWF.
Night in hotel.

After breakfast in your hotel, you’ll set out for the Obelisk Plaza in Opicina. There is a 5km (3mi.) path that starts there and which features several panoramic viewpoints along the way. After arriving in Prosecco, you’ll enjoy a walk through the village and a stop at one of the local osmizes. These are local, country restaurants or eateries where you can buy and enjoy local wines (e.g. Terrano, Viovska, Malvasia) and traditional products (e.g. eggs, sausages, salami, and cheese) that are produced in-house. You’ll then take the bus back into the city to have dinner, and then hit the town to take in Trieste’s nightlife as you stroll through the city streets.
Night in hotel.


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