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The capital and  important port city, famous for its coffee culture, art and Austrian past. 
EXPLORE TRIESTE: WHAT SHOULD YOU CERTAINLY VISIT IN TRIESTE?

 

 
LITTLE VIENNA BY THE SEA

Trieste is known as the 'little Vienna by the Sea'. You can see this in the architecture, influenced by the Viennese Neoclassical style that was so popular in the 19th century. Not surprising since Trieste was under  Habsburg Empire rule for centuries.

Trieste began to play a really important role when the nearby Venice lost more and more of its power in the 18th century and the Habsburg Emperor Charles VI, decided to take profit of this situation, founding the Free Port of Trieste.

 

IMPORTANT PORT AND CHURCHES

Trieste soon appropriated itself with the title of the main port of the Austrian Empire. It was the second largest port in Southern Europe (after Marseille) and grew in 200 years from a fishing town of 7.000 inhabitants into a major international port with 200.000 inhabitants. People came from many different countries to settle here. They obtained religious freedom and the result is that Trieste has many different churches representing various religions, including a synagogue, a Serbian Orthodox Church and Greek Orthodox Church.

 

 
COFFEE, LITERATURE, 'GRAND CAFÉS' AND EATALY

Trieste is not only rich in churches but also in elegant Grand Cafés where you can enjoy a true Italian coffee in many ways. Coffee is actually the most important import product and it is not a coincidence that the world-famous coffee brand 'illy' has its roots here.

 

In addition Trieste is known as the literature city where famous writers such as James Joyce once lived. They loved using the Grand Cafès to philosophise and discuss their latest book while drinking their coffee. 

Do you want to do some shopping and enjoy the delicious Italian food and wines? Visit the famous restaurant chain 'Eataly'. It's not only a great Italian restaurant but also a kind of supermarket that sells all kinds of Italian Deli like wines, olive oils ecc. It's located along the Seaside 'Riva' in an old storage warehouse which has been transformed into a  modern restaurant. While eating you have a beautiful view of the bay.

 

 
ROMAN RUINS

However, Trieste is not only famous for its Hapsburg past, writers and coffee culture. The origins of Trieste date back to at least 100 b.C, when the Romans founded a small trading establishment on the hilltop which they called Tergeste what 'market town' means. You can still find sites and ruins from this period such as the Roman Theatre, the Forum and the Roman arch 'Arco Riccardo'.

On top of the "Saint Giusto" hill, named after the city's patron, you will find the magnificent medieval castle and cathedral. 

 

 
A CITY WALK  IN TRIESTE

Altogether Trieste is a city with many faces, one moment you walk along the Roman ruins and the next moment you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful fancy palaces and elegant buildings from the 19th century. Piazza Unità d'Italia -"the biggest and most beautiful square of Europe facing the sea", is a perfect starting point for your visit of this fascinating city.

If you want more information about what offers and costs the guided tour, please click on the purple button. For contacting me click on the brown one.  

The highlights of Trieste:
  • Piazza Unità d'Italia
  • Canal Grande
  • Churches for all kind of religions 
  • The hill San Giusto with on top the Cathedral, the castle and  Roman Forum
  • The Roman Arch 'Arco Riccardo'
  • The Grand Cafés
  • The literary route
  • The art museum Revoltella
  • The international Italian restaurant chain "Eataly"
  • The concentration camp "Risiera di San Sabba"
  • The old part of the city 'città vecchia' 
  • Roman theater
  • The Jewish ghetto 
Good to combine with one of the following sights
Muggia

Muggia

Muggia

Muggia

Castello di Duino

Castello di Duino

Sentiero Rilke

Sentiero Rilke

Sentiero Rilke

Sentiero Rilke

Porto Piccolo in Sistiana

Porto Piccolo in Sistiana

Beach in Sistiana

Beach in Sistiana

Castello Miramare

Castello Miramare

The Giant Cave in Sgonico

The Giant Cave in Sgonico

The Nature reserve of Val Rosandra

The Nature reserve of Val Rosandra

The nature reserve of Val Rosandra

The nature reserve of Val Rosandra

Event:
Every second Sunday of October the Barcolana takes place. This is a historic international sailing competition where small and large sailing boats take part. In 2018, the record was achieved with more than two thousand participants! The trail is 28 km. long and starts not far from the Castle of Miramare, ending at the port of Trieste. 
guided walking tour Trieste
TRIESTE, YOUR CRUISE DESTINATION

Trieste is a port city to start or end a cruise. Should you  go on a cruise from here, or Trieste is one of the destinations on your cruise itinerary, grab the opportunity to visit this beautiful city with a private walking tour. The cruise ships dock and depart right across the magnificent main square Piazza Unità Italia. This means you are only a stone's throw away from​ the bustling heart of the city and don't have to worry about catching a cap or booking a shuttle bus.  I can pick you up at the ship or we can meet in Piazza Unità Italia.
 

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guided walking tour trieste during cruise
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