Five Reasons to Visit Trieste


Gorgeous seaside scenery, castles, caves, and of course the city itself: Trieste, nestled in Italy's northeast corner, might be a little out of your way, but here are a few reasons it's worth a visit. 

The Passeggiata Rilke is arguably one of Italy's prettiest walks, a cliffside path with incredible views over the Sistiana bay. At just over a mile (or 1.7 km) long, the path starts in front of the tourist office in the town of Sistiana (just north of Trieste) and ends at the Duino castle, famous for its legend about an evil husband who threw his wife over the cliff. Before she hit the water, the gods turned her to stone, reminicent of a veiled lady who can be seen today.

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The Castle of Miramare and its huge gardens were built for the Austrian Habsburgs a mere 150 years ago, making this a pretty new castle by Italian standards. Visit the inside of the castle or just wander through its English gardens, full of exotic plants.

Miramare Trieste



The Roman Theater is one of Trieste's main attractions, so spend half a day on foot in this nice-sized city. Walk along the water's edge and down the big pier. Spend some time in the majestic Piazza Unita' d'Italia, and shop in the Borgo Teresiano or Chinatown area. Here's a good audioguide of Trieste.

Trieste roman theater chiara marra


The Gigantic Grotto (Grotta Gigante) is the world's largest tourist cave, big enough to house St. Peter's Basilica. Allow about an hour for a visit, and if you're really into caves (so to speak, hee hee) visit the Museum of Speleology, nearby.

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You may notice foreign influences in Trieste that you haven't seen in the rest of Italy, and that's because of its proximity to Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. From a base in Trieste you can easily take a day trip to another country. The impressive Predjamski castle, built into a rock in Slovenia, is under an hour away.

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 Did I miss any of your favorite spots in or around Trieste?


Photo of Rilke walk with Duino castle by Mexx 6oo, Photo of Miramare from, Photo of Roman theater by Chiara Marra, other photos from Wikimedia Commons.

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 5 Comments


  1. John S
    January 4, 2011

    It’s so nice for this far-off town to get the recognition it deserves! Here are my favorites near Trieste:
    – the Skocjan Caves are only 40 minutes away…it’s like stepping into the set of The Goonies
    – Ljubljana is only an hour or so away; nice small-ish town that has a big city feel
    – The Roman ruins in Aquilea are less than an hour away

  2. Madeline
    January 4, 2011

    Thanks so much for your comment John! I’ll add the Skocjan caves and Ljubljana to my list of places to visit next time I’m there. Agree re Aquilea – a relatively undiscovered gem.

  3. PNR Status
    January 7, 2011

    Nice post.I’ll add the Skocjan caves and Ljubljana to my list of places to visit next time I’m there.Thank you.

  4. Peter
    June 16, 2011

    I was in Trieste in april, it´s a very nice town with beautiful monuments. Most famous are Piazza Unita d’Italia, Miramare and San Giusto Castle, St.Justus Cathedral, St. Silvera, Maggiore and San Nicolo dei Greci Churches. Also town-hall is very nice.
    Grotta Gigante is the biggest and nice cave. I was in hotel Residence San Marco ( )in the city centre, hotel is nice and quite cheap.

  5. mywebsite
    September 1, 2012

    This is a great blog. Thanks for all your hard work and the info you give.


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