The inspiration source of the writer Rainer Rilke
WHAT SHOULD YOU VISIT IN DUINO?
Actually you can find two castles in the village of Duino. Both built at the seaside on top of a rock, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Here though the similarity ends. The "youngest" dates back to the 15th century, while his older brother, was built about 800 years earlier!
THE LEGEND OF THE WHITE LADY
Of the latter only remains a ruin and the legend of "la dama bianca" - the white lady. The story goes that a jealous castle lord didn't want other men to see his beautiful wife and therefore kept her locked in the castle tower. The poor woman couldn't stand her reclusion any longer and decided to jump out of the window and threw herself into the sea. She ended however on the rocks and up and to this day you can still see, coming from the sea, her veiled figure in the form of a white rock.
THE INHABITANTS OF THE CASTLE
The history of the youngest castle is less dramatic but no less interesting. The last 350 years it has been inhabited by the noble family von Thurn und Taxis. Its spectacular location together with the stunning views over the Bay of Trieste and its beautiful terraced gardens make a visit worthwhile.
THE WRITER RAINER MARIA RILKE
Early 19th century famous people from the arts and literary world were often invited here. The most famous one was the writer Rainer Rilke who was inspired by the castle in his work. The 'Sentiero Rilke', an exquisitely beautiful trail of 2 km. which runs right along the coastline is named after him. While walking over it you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna that grows on the rocky landscape rich of limestone.
The highlights of Duino:
Castle of Duino
The garden of the castle of Duino
The bunker of the castle of Duino
The walking trail Sentiero Rilke
The pebble beach of Sistiana
Porto Piccolo Sistiana