GUIDED TOUR OF MUGGIA
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 you will enter Slovenia. If you stroll through the narrow alleys, called 'calli' it feels like you are walking through Venice. How did that happen? Well this is not a coincidence because in 1420 the Republic of Venice decided to take Muggia under the protective wing of the Lion of Saint Mark.
Muggia, because of its position near the 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 the city you can visit the ancient 14th century Romanesque style church, where Inside you can see remains of even a previous church and beautiful fresco's.
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 a nice boat trip to Trieste or the nearby Slovenia.
THE CARNIVAL PARADES
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 colourful parade.
BEETHOVEN IN MUGGIA
Who would have thought to go to Muggia to see one of the largest collections of Beethoven objects. The Carrino family is so inspired by Beethoven that over the years they have amassed one of the largest collections of no less than 11,000 objects of figurines, prints, posters, paintings and trinkets depicting Beethoven. For enthusiasts, click on this link to learn more.
The highlights of Muggia:
the 'castelliere' - first settlement
the 14th century church Maria Assunta
the square with the cathedral
the Beethoven museum
make a boat trip
the Carnival parades
Valley of Rosandra
Valley of Rosandra