The last small port town in Italy before you drive into Slovenia
WHAT SHOULD YOU VISIT IN MUGGIA?
THE LITTLE SISTER OF VENICE
Muggia is the last port town in northeastern Italy. If you drive a little further then you arrive in Slovenia. If you stroll through the town then it seems like you are walking in Venice. How did that happen? Well because in 1420 the Republic of Venice decided to occupy this town. They had already taken Friuli but couldn't get a grip on the 'Venezia Giulia' part of this region because of the powerful position of the Austrian earls and the House of Habsburg.
That is why the cities of Trieste and the County of Gorizia were still in Austrian hands. Muggia, because of its position near te sea, was plagued continually by pirates and the nearby city of Trieste who wanted to use its port and salt banks. Muggia therefore decided to surrender to Venice in exchange for protection.
VISIT THE REMAINS OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENT 'IL CASTELLIERE'
The town is built at the foot of the hill on which you can see the remains of what was once a 'castelliere'. This was a kind of fortress surround by walls where once the first inhabitants lived.
In the upper part of town you can visit the ancient Roman-style church built in the 14th century. Inside are some remains of the previous church that stood on the same spot.
MAKE A BOAT TRIP TO TRIESTE OR SLOVENIA
The town is a maze of alleys that lead to the center constructed around a beautiful square with the cathedral and the town hall as its main attractions. There is also has a castle and a lively port from where you can make nice boat trip to Trieste or the nearby Slovenia.
FAMOUS FOR ITS CARNIVAL
Muggia would not be like her big sister Venice if Carnival wasn't celebrated here. If you are here during the Carnival period, you can enjoy colorful parades where each district of Muggia competes against each other trying to have the most beautiful and colorful parade.
The highlights of Muggia:
the 'castelliere' - first settlement
the 14th century church Maria Assunta
the square with the cathedral
make a boat trip
the parades during carnival