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Things to do in Trieste

Things to do in  Trieste

Welcome to Trieste

Trieste is officially Italian, but this historic seaport juts deeply into neighboring Slovenia and has a uniquely multicultural feel. Italian and Slavic influences combine with Jewish, Austrian, and even Greek elements in the local architecture, cuisine, and dialect to form one of the most singular cities to tour in Europe. Its border location also makes it a popular base for exploring both Italian attractions—Venice and the Prosecco wine country top the list—and Slovenian highlights like Lake Bled, Ljubljana, the Postojna Cave, and the Predjama Castle.

Top 4 attractions in Trieste

Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare)

The extravagant 19th-century Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare) is set on the Grignano promontory above the Gulf of Trieste and has beautiful interiors and 54 acres of grounds and botanical gardens. Home to the Habsburg family until the 20th century, this sumptuous noble residence offers a fascinating glimpse into royal life.More

Piazza Unità d'Italia (Piazza Grande)

Trieste’s magnificent Piazza Unità d'Italia, also known as Piazza Grande, facing the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. This large open space—the largest seafront square in Europe—lined with sumptuous 19th- and 20th-century palaces and historic cafés, is the very heart of the city.More


Tucked almost on the border with Italy in Slovenia’s limestone karst landscape, Lipica is an ancient village best known for the stud farm that started breeding white Lipizzaner horses when the region was part of the Austrian Habsburg empire in the 16th century. The first brood mares and stallions were brought here from southern Spain in 1581 and although the stud has been relocated several times over the centuries – thanks to wars, earthquakes and changing national boundaries – the same Lipizzaner strain has been bred ever since.A visit to Lipica Stud Farm encompasses guided tours of the historic estate, family-friendly “meet the horses” sessions, carriage rides (weather-dependent), seeing the horses in morning training and dressage performances by the stallions in the manège, while the Lipikum Museum showcases the backstory of the stud. For non-equine fans, the farm has a year-round nine-hole golf course.Also to see in Lipica are mass graves dating from World War II, the Vilenica and UNESCO-listed Škocjan karst cave complexes and the ornate little Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Dolina Valley, which is now a popular Catholic pilgrimage point.More
Caves of Torri di Slivia (Grotta delle Torri di Slivia)

Caves of Torri di Slivia (Grotta delle Torri di Slivia)

The massive Torri di Slivia Cave is one of the most spectacular natural sights on Trieste’s karst plateau, which sits on the Italian-Slovenian border. Head more than 300 feet (100 meters) below ground to explore caverns filled with otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites formed over millennia.More
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Top activities in Trieste

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

US$ 17.45
Prosecco Origins Wine Experience

Prosecco Origins Wine Experience

US$ 49.07
Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

US$ 109.04
Experience Trieste

Experience Trieste

US$ 152.65
per group
Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

US$ 21.37
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A local’s pocket guide to Trieste

Rebecca Winke

When food and travel writer Rebecca wants to leave Italy without leaving Italy, she frequently escapes to the far-flung and multicultural city of Trieste.

The first thing you should do in Trieste is...

grab a coffee. Trieste has long been one of the main coffee trading and roasting ports in the Mediterranean and is thick in historic coffee houses.

A perfect Saturday in Trieste...

is spent walking the city, from the grand Piazza Unità d’Italia to the wide avenues lined by Habsburg-era architecture. Pop into Hosteria Malcanton to sample traditional local fare that combines Italian, Austrian, and Balkan influences.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Miramare Castle, Archduke Maximilian of Austria’s fairytale villa and gardens set just outside the city. They are a perfectly preserved glimpse into Habsburg court life.

To discover the "real" Trieste...

visit the lively Ponterosso market where locals have gathered for centuries to haggle over everything from flowers to winter coats and exchange neighborly banter.

For the best view of the city...

walk the ramparts of Castello San Giuliano, the 15th-century fortress set above the city and port.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Trieste is an industrial port city. Though it is an important shipping hub, it’s also a mix of ancient history, aristocratic architecture, and diverse cultural influences.

People Also Ask

What is Trieste known for?

Trieste is a port town in northeastern Italy, near Slovenia, known for its Habsburg history; it belonged to the Austrian empire for centuries. The city is also known as Italy’s unofficial coffee capital. It’s home to Illy’s headquarters and boasts too many coffee bars to count.

How do you spend a day in Trieste?

Start your day by ordering un caffè nero (aka an espresso in Trieste’s lingo). Stroll down the Molo Audace pier and visit the Trieste Grand Canal to look for jellyfish in the water and enjoy the area’s bustling restaurants. Later, see the sunset from the sea-facing Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia.

Is Trieste, Italy worth visiting?

Yes; Trieste is one of Italy’s most underrated cities. Decidedly off the international tourist trail, the city is lovely but doesn’t attract the crowds that flock to its big-name neighbors like Venice and Verona. It’s also an easy jumping-off point for forays to nearby Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria.

How many days do I need in Trieste?

Trieste isn’t big, so it’s a perfect spot for a long weekend. Most city sights can be covered on your first day. On your second day, visit the unmissable Miramar Castle (about 10 minutes away by train). Spend your evenings tasting how Italian, Austrian, and Slavic influences define Trieste’s cuisine.

What is there to do in Trieste’s port?

Trieste’s port is big, but the passenger cruise terminal (Stazione Marittima) is near the city’s historical center, close to the Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia. While there’s not much to do in the port itself, the shops and eateries in the city center are within easy reach.

What is there to do in Trieste?

Visit the Cathedral of San Giusto to see Byzantine mosaics and medieval frescoes. Pay a few euros to climb the cathedral tower, and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping sea views. You can also see the Roman Theatre, another impressive piece of history located right in the city center.


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