Trieste has a beautiful large square, Piazza Unita, which opens onto the waterfront. If you are arriving by boat this is right by the main port. There are impressive buildings, including the town hall, on each side and it’s worth stopping for a coffee in one of the cafes to soak up the atmosphere.
A short walk away from the square is the Grand Canal (not really grand when compared with Venice!) but there is an international market around the Via Rossini, selling a range of items including food and jewellery
Head up capital Hill to see the Castle, museum and Cathedral of San Glusto. It costs 5Euros entry for the castle – it offers great views of the city, but most of the information is in Italian only. You can either venture up the winding roads or brave the steps on the south side – I’d recommend the steps, it only takes about 15minutes then.
The tourist information centres have audio tours of the city for 4 euros. They also have plenty of maps available. There are several other museums in Trieste and impressive remains of an amphitheatre on the side of the street Via del Teatro Romano.
If you want to take a bus in Trieste then be warned you have to buy tickets in advance from tobacconists which have a black T sign outside. The majority of buses leave from Piazaa Oberdan. Taxis are fairly reasonable though and there are plenty outside the main railway station. The Opicina tram runs from Via Giusue Carducci to Villa Opicina, which takes about 20 minutes, but it is unreliable.
A 15 minute drive round the coast is Maximillan’s castle “Miramare”. You can also take a ferry boat from the main port in Trieste to the castle. The castle is set in extensive grounds, with some beautiful flower gardens. It costs 4euros to go round the castle, but be warned you have to leave all bags at the entrance. There is a café within the park and you can spend an pleasant hour walking round.
Barcola is the nearest beach to Trieste and is about 8km away, otherwise there are numerous lidos en-route from the city to the park. For shops try Torri d’Europa shopping centre, open 12-9pm, a 15minutes drive from the centre. Note that shops in Trieste are shut on Mondays. [more]
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- Holidaycheck: 3.50 of 6
- Hotel.de: 7.60 of 10
- Tripadvisor: 3.00 of 5
- Venere: 7.80 of 10