Monfalcone is an industrial city, known throughout the world for the cruise ships built in its shipyards. It is often a transit destination for those who go to nearby Slovenia or to the mountains but it certainly deserves a stop to deepen its historical and cultural aspects.
Both world conflicts marked it heavily paying a very high bill in blood and today important evidence of this dark war period can be seen in the city and in its immediate vicinity. Awarded the Silver Medal for Military Valor because "An advanced sentinel of Italianness, in the epic battles of 1915-1918, she entirely immolated herself" Monfalcone is more than an Italian city, it is a city that Italy built it. Here is everything you need to know for a stay to discover it: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.
- 10 things to see in Monfalcone and surroundings
- What to see in Monfalcone in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Monfalcone: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Monfalcone
- Plan your stay in Monfalcone: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Monfalcone and surroundings
1 - Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (Duomo)
The Cathedral of Monfalcone is one modern structure in neo-Romanesque style from 1926 built near the remains of a small medieval church heavily damaged during the First World War. The construction of the church ended with the consecration in 1929, while the bell tower was finished in 1958 thanks to the financial help of the entire city. The very bright interior is of Venetian inspiration with references to the Gothic style and has a beautiful mosaic, a rich marble canopy and some statues of no particular value. The city curia has also been moved next to the Duomo.
- in via Sant'Ambrogio, about 1 km from the railway station, which can be reached on foot in 10 minutes or by the Circolare Centro bus (Piazza Duomo stop). The urban ticket costs € 1,30 each way or € 4,50 the day. Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Duino Castle
Il Duino Castle it was built in the th century on the ruins of a Roman military fortress. In the eighteenth century it was transformed into a reception villa and cultural center and it has hosted many famous historical personalities including Rilke and D'Annunzio. You can visit more than 18 finely furnished rooms with period furniture, frescoes and paintings. The Scala del Palladio is beautiful, the forte-piano from 1810 on which he played Liszt and the extraordinary view of the gulf. You can also visit the bunker, built in 1943 and used by the British troops and the park.
- in the hamlet of Duino, it is about 7 km from the Monfalcone station, which can be covered in 10 minutes by car or 15 by bus, suburban line 51 at a cost of € 2,20 each way. Get directions
- access times vary according to the days, months and recurring holidays. We invite you to view the Timetable.
- full € 8,00; children from 7 to 14 years € 4,00; children free; over 65, students and groups € 6,00. The ticket gives access to the Castle, the Park and the Bunker. With a supplement of € 2,00 you can visit the Castel Vecchio. If you want to visit Castel Vecchio only, the entrance ticket is € 3,00.
3 - Theme Park of the Great War
Open to the public since 2005 and spread over 4 sq km, it offers visitors the opportunity to closely observe this war zone, the site of several battles between June 1915 and May 1917. The park is organized on three itineraries that can be safely visited even by less experienced hikers. Each route is marked by clear indications and explanatory signs while the movements are facilitated by numerous paths. The first route is characterized by trenches and artillery positions, the second was a defensive line also equipped with shelters for the troops, the third leads to the Joffre trench and the Virgin Cave, the Habsburg defense line. The park is then completed by the Cuzzi trench. To visit it, suitable clothing, water and a map of the park are recommended
- the entrance to the park and the itineraries is only 1,4 km from the train station, which can be reached on foot in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively you can use the Circolare Centro bus to San Polo Interno and then on foot. The urban ticket costs € 1,30 each way or € 4,50 the day. Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Sanctuary of the Island of Barbana
Barbana is an island in the Grado lagoon and is home to an ancient Marian Sanctuary. The sanctuary dates back to 582 by the Barbanites who were replaced by the Benedictines around the year 1000 and the Franciscans in 1450 who restored and enriched the church. The interior has three naves with a beautiful altar from 1706, many paintings of good historical significance and a wooden statue of the Madonna from 1400. The two side altars, in Renaissance-Baroque style, are from the Venetian school and are dedicated to St. Francesco and S.Antonio. In the woods surrounding the church there is also a small chapel from 1854.
- the island and the sanctuary are about 25 km from Monfalcone. It can be reached in 30 minutes by car or with the extra-urban bus n ° 1 and then with the Grado-Barbana motorboats at the return price of € 6,00 for adults and € 3,00 for children between 3 and 12 years. Get directions
- always accessible
5 - Nature Reserve of the Isonzo Mouth
The Regional Nature Reserve of the Isonzo Mouth is located in the eastern part of the region along the last stretch of the homonymous river e it covers an area of 2.338 hectares, 1.154 of which in marine areas. The main point of the reserve is the final part called "Isola della Cona", an area in which there is a freshwater swamp, which has considerably increased the number of animal species present. All recreational, sporting and tourist activities compatible with the protection of fauna, flora, vegetation, soil and water are allowed within the area. Inside there is a conference center, a restaurant, services, a riding stable and canoe rental points.
- it is about 11 km from the station. It can be reached by bus no.1 in 25 minutes at a cost of € 2,20 each way or by car in 20 minutes. Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Fortress and Museum of Monfalcone
Built in stone for defensive purposes by Theodoric king of the Ostrogoths in 490, in 967 it passed under the dominion of the Patriarchate of Aquileia and in 1420 of the Venetian Republic. At the end of the th century it lost its defense function and became a lookout point on the eastern borders of the Republic. It remained abandoned for many years and suffered the bombings of the First World War. In 1950 it was restored by the Superintendency of Monuments and today it houses a museum divided into two exhibition rooms. The lower room presents a collection of various types of rocks, in the upper room the vegetation, the history of speleology, methodologies, equipment and clothing used by speleologists from the second post war to today are documented.
- it is about 2 km from the station and you can take the Circolare Centro bus to San Polo Interno and then on foot. The urban ticket costs € 1,30 each way or € 4,50 the day. Get directions
- the fortress is always accessible while the museum can be visited on Sundays and weekdays from 9:00 to 14:00
7 - Museum of Shipbuilding
l Museum of Shipbuilding, MuCa, is located on the ground floor of the former Hotel workers of the Village of Panzano e tells the story of the construction site and the city through an exhibition itinerary divided into 4 thematic areas divided into 14 rooms. The only Italian museum specifically dedicated to shipbuilding and its impact on the territory, it represents an absolute novelty in the national museum panorama. It is part of the "Monfalcone Shipyard Museum Center" project, a widespread museum that involves part of the territory; the Visitor Center is in via Pisani 28, an information and exhibition point set up in the area of the old shops in the working-class district.
- it is 3 km from the station and can be reached by taking the Circolare Centro bus to San Polo Interno and then by taking the Panzano line (via del Mercato stop). The urban ticket costs € 1,30 each way or € 4,50 the day. Get directions
- Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00 - Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 - Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00
- full € 7,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 5 free - guided tour + € 4,00
8 - Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine della Marcelliana
This church is the oldest in the city and dates back to 1386, the year in which a boat adrift with a statue of the Madonna reached the coast and the then Bishop of Aquileia, Marcelliano, decided to celebrate the event by building a place of worship. Over the years, the sanctuary has undergone numerous reconstructions and extensions and in the th century it was embellished with numerous frescoes. The main facade is characterized by eighteenth-century elements while inside you can admire what remains of the fresco by De Santis, unfortunately ruined by the bombings of the First World War, the Annunciation, the Visitation and the Virgin educated by Sant'Anna.
- from the railway station it is about 1,8 km away and you can get there with the Circolare Centro bus to San Polo Interno and then with the Panzano line (via Cosulich stop). The urban ticket costs € 1,30 each way or € 4,50 the day. Get directions
- always accessible
9 - Military Memorial of Redipuglia
Built in Redipuglia on the slopes of Mount Sei Busi during the Fascist period, it is the centerpiece of a memorial park of over 100 hectares which includes a part of the Karst and its enormous dimensions make it the largest military shrine in Italy and one of the largest in the world. The Shrine of Redipuglia is a monumental military cemetery that contains the remains of over 100.000 Italian soldiers who died during the Great War. It looks like a military array with the tomb of the Duke of Aosta, Commander of the III Army at the base, to whom those of his generals are attached. Following, arranged on twenty-two steps, the bodies of the 39.857 identified fallen and in the last step rest the bodies of 60.330 unknown fallen in two large tombs. On the top of the hill a Roman column, coming from the excavations of Aquileia, celebrates the memory of the fallen, "without distinction of times and fortunes".
- it is 7 km from the Monfalcone station and can be reached in 40 minutes by extra-urban bus line n ° 1 at a cost of € 7,00 each way or by car in about 30 minutes. Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Rilke path
The path is a walk that connects the towns of Duino and Sistiana named after the famous writer Rilke, was fascinated by the beauty of the landscape during the period of his stay in the nearby castle. Once forbidden to tourists as it was privately owned, it was opened to the public in 2015 and can be walked on for all its two kilometers in length. It winds along the spectacular cliffs, through a forest and overlooking the sea, protected by wooden railings on which it is not recommended to lean. The path does not present particular walking difficulties, it remains at high altitude with short downhill or uphill sections, but it is necessary to pay attention in some points for the presence of protruding rocks and overhangs.
- passable in both directions, both from Duino and Sistiana, it is about 7,5 km from the Monfalcone station. It can be reached in about 10 minutes by bus line E51 at a cost of € 1,30 each way. Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Monfalcone in one day: recommended itinerary
- Morning - For a good breakfast you can go to the Chantilly pastry shop, a stone's throw from the train station, where they serve home-made cakes and excellent coffee. From here you can develop an itinerary starting from Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine della Marcelliana, in via Della Marcelliana. Inside the church, where maximum silence is required, you can admire important paintings, altarpieces and numerous frescoes. After the visit, continue towards the historic center and in about 5 minutes you will arrive at Cathedral of Sant'Ambrogio to admire the neo-Romanesque style and then continue towards the symbol of the city: the Rocca. In addition to admiring the might of the structure and the beautiful panorama, it is possible to visit the speleological museum housed in its rooms. The stop for lunch can be foreseen in the nearby Enoteca La Formica.
- Afternoon - After lunch the day starts to get busy because the suggested itinerary includes the excursion to Park of the Great War. These places, this land and their inhabitants have been deeply marked by world conflicts, they still bear the scars and you cannot come here and not visit Redipuglia or San Martino del Carso or Palmanova or the Monfalcone Park. From the center, go back to the station and then along via Sorgente and via Romana for 15 minutes reaching Piazzale Tommaseo, at the entrance to the park. Here you can decide the type of itinerary to do based on your abilities, your resistance and, above all, your historical curiosity. The park takes 2 to 4 hours, so it is advisable to calculate your times well.
- Sera - After the trek at high altitude, returning to the road that leads to the railway station you will find some restaurants, among which we point out the restaurant Al Medaglione.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at - Patisserie Chantilly, a few steps from the train station Get directions
- Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine della Marcelliana - always accessible - ticket price: free
- Duomo - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Rocca and Museum of Monfalcone - opening hours: the fortress is always accessible while the museum can be visited on Sundays and weekdays from 9:00 to 14:00 - ticket price: free
- Lunch at - Enoteca La Formica Get directions
- The Great War Theme Park - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Dinner at - Al Medaglione Restaurant Get directions
Where to eat in Monfalcone: the best restaurants
- La Formica wine shop: well-stocked wine bar with kitchen, offers typical regional dishes in an informal but well-kept environment. Polite and prepared staff.
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Via Blaserna, 8 Get directions tel: (0039) 0481410131
- At the Medallion: simple seaside restaurant, offers traditional classics in an informal but very friendly environment. Excellent value for money.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Valentinis 48 Get directions tel: (0039) 0481410910
- With Gold Fish: excellent fresh fish restaurant, courteous staff and outdoor location. Well-stocked wine cellar.
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: Via Bagni Nuova, 19 Get directions tel: (0039) 0481830206
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Monfalcone
Monfalcone is not famous for its nightlife, but still offers a good choice of places such as pubs, cafes and clubs located especially in the historic center, between viale San Marco, viale Rosselli and Corso del Popolo. Sistiana and its bay are more lively, especially in summer, only 10 km from the center of Monfalcone. The discos are on the outskirts and stay open until late at night.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Luxor Club: piano bar open until late at night, offers themed evenings, live music, DJ sets and shows. Well-stocked bar and trained and reliable staff. For those who like to be late. Address: Via Ponziana, 2 Get directions - Facebook page
- Joy Dischoteque: nightclub 10 km from Monfalcone, offers commercial and techno music. Very busy in winter. Address: via Grazia Deledda 9 Get directions
- Saint Mark's: one of the most well-stocked breweries in the city, it offers a good selection of draft or bottled beers as well as craft beers. It has a kitchen that offers sandwiches, hamburgers and delicacies in general. Chide at 22:00. Address: via taldetali, 1 Get directions - Facebook page
Plan your stay in Monfalcone: info and useful tips
- the reference airport is Friuli Venezia Giulia in Trieste which is just 5 km from the center of Monfalcone. The connections are guaranteed by the city buses of the APT bus lines n ° 1, 26 and 51 at a cost of € 1,30. By train from Milan it takes just under 5 hours in the regional train at a cost of € 28,85; from Bologna it takes 4 hours at a cost of € 21,40; from Venice it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes by direct train at a cost of € 11,85. If you prefer to arrive by car from Milan, follow the A4 for 400 km, Palmanova exit; from Bologna take the A23 to Padua and then the A28 for a total of 278 km, exit Redipuglia-Monfalcone Ovest; from Venice it is 143 km on the A4 exit Redipuglia-Monfalcone Ovest. It is also possible to arrive by bus with the Flixbus bus lines that connect the main Italian cities to Monfalcone with rates starting from € 19,99
- Getting around: the historic center of Monfalcone is small and can be easily reached on foot or by public transport, but the main attractions are outside the city and it is advisable to use your own car or to rent one; the Europecar at the airport offers rates from € 30,00 per day.
- Where to park: in Monfalcone station at the Ex Ice Factory car park, in via Romana (Get directions); in Grado at the PGV park in Piazza del Lavoro 4 (Get directions); in Duino at the Duino car park at the entrance to the village (Get directions).
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: San Martino del Carso (13 km - 19 minutes) - Palmanova (25 km - 25 minutes) - Aquileia (20 km - 25 minutes) -Trieste (30 km - 30 minutes)