What to see in Trieste in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Trieste is perhaps one of the most interesting cities to visit in northern Italy. Less popular than large centers such as Venice, Turin and Milan, the beautiful Trieste still manages to establish itself for theincredible amount of historical monuments and points of interest that characterize it, many of which bear witness to a complex past that is always full of contrasts. Due to its strategic position, in fact, the city underwent several attempts of conquest over the centuries (some of which were very violent) in order to acquire control of an important seaport and, consequently, the outlet to the sea. However, Trieste was never just dedicated to trade, indeed the city has also covered an important historical-cultural role for our country. That's why in this article we tell you what to see in Trieste 3 days, with useful tips on when to visit the city, how to get there / move around and much more.


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1 day

Morning: Breakfast, Piazza Unità d'Italia, Town Hall, Fountain of the Four Continents

The three days in Trieste can only begin in the vicinity of what is actually considered one of the most famous squares in the whole city and, more generally, in our country: Piazza Unità d'Italia. Before venturing out to discover the splendid historic buildings overlooking the square, we recommend that you have breakfast at one of the coffees that made Trieste's past, the Caffé degli Specchi. Today owned by the Faggiotto family, Caffé degli Specchi has finally returned to the old glory of the past, focusing onexcellent quality of raw materials and on the craftsmanship of the service: the pastry products are excellent, but the chocolate shop is the beating heart of this coffee, so much so that guided tastings are also provided. (Cup of coffee € 1,00, stuffed brioche € 1,50.)

After recharging yourself with your daily dose of sugar, it's time to leave for the exploration: Piazza Unità d'Italia is splendid, especially if you are lucky enough to visit it on a sunny day, and the buildings surrounding the perimeter are not they are outdone. In the center of the square, the Fountain of the Four Continents, wanted to celebrate the creation of the free port by Charles V, recalls the continents known at the time of construction (Europe, Asia, Africa and America). Also here is the Palazzo del Municipio di Trieste, a majestic and eclectic building clearly identifiable for its shape composed of two side wings and a central body and for the clock placed on top of the main turret. Due to its architectural style, very different from that of the other city buildings, the Town Hall was not initially appreciated by the people of Trieste, unlike when it happened with the first tourists visiting the city.

Afternoon: Lunch, Piazza della Borsa, Palazzo del Tergesteo, Verdi Theater

After having thoroughly enjoyed the unique atmosphere that reigns around the Piazza and admiring its peculiarities, you can make a tasty stop at the Degusteria KM0, not far away: great for an aperitif or a quick meal, this place offers an informal environment and local products with a menu full of surprises and not at all expensive (for example, a cutting board, a second course, plus a carafe of house wine: € 13,00).

After a simple but tasty lunch, continue towards Piazza della Borsa, which has always been defined as one of the most beautiful lounges in Italy. Here, among others, the Palazzo della Camera del Commercio, the Casa Bartoli in pure liberty style and the covered gallery, following which you can easily reach the Palazzo del Tergesteo (or Palazzo di Trieste) of neoclassical derivation, stand out. The Palazzo consists of six floors, though the most characteristic remains the ground floor on which there were (and still are) commercial activities and of which one cannot fail to admire the barrel vault, rich in frescoes and bas-reliefs.

From here, we then walk towards the Verdi Theater, whose structure refers to that of the La Scala Theater in Milan, built by the architect Piermarini. During the nineteenth century, the Verdi Theater was of fundamental importance because the most active in the work of spreading Italian culture in Trieste but also in the knowledge of Central European works.

Evening: Dinner, Grand Canal, Statue of J. Joyce

For dinner, however, we advise you to go towards the Grand Canal: if that is in itself place appears picturesque and evocative in the daylight, it is even more so at sunset, when the reflections on the canal and the floating boats seem to transport you to another dimension. Still near the Canal, it is possible to see a very particular statue: it is the statue dedicated to the Irish writer J. Joyce (author of Ulysses, People of Dublin and many other works, who lived in Trieste during a period of his youth).

Not far from the Canal, the Al Vecio Canal brewery / restaurant will know how to satisfy you, making you end the day in the best possible way with mugs of excellent beer, dishes born fromunion of local and Austrian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. (The prices for the quantity / quality of the dishes are very low: on average € 15,00 per person is spent for a main course, drinks, dessert and cover charge!).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Unità d'Italia (free), Fountain of the Four Continents (free), Palazzo del Municipio (free), Piazza della Borsa (free), Palazzo del Tergesteo (the palace cannot be visited inside, but access to the Galleria del Tergesteo is free), Verdi Theater (€ 3,00), Grand Canal (free), Statue of J. Joyce (free)
  • Tasting of the flavors of Istria departing from Trieste Trieste: city tour by coach with audio guide
  • Breakfast at Caffé degli Specchi (Get directions), Lunch at Degusteria KM0 (Get directions), Dinner at Al Vecio Canal (Get directions)

2 day

Morning: Breakfast, San Giusto Cathedral, San Giusto Castle

The second day starts off on the right foot with a quality breakfast for a few euros at Caffé Pirona (another of the historic cafés in the city).

Loaded and ready to continue your visit, the first monument to which we advise you to go is the Cathedral of San Giusto, the most important religious building in the city. The main facade has a rose window of great beauty, while the bell tower is covered with Roman remains. Practically next to the Cathedral, the Castle of San Giusto it has recently been restored and has become the seat of the Civic Museum of Trieste: built at the behest of the Venetians, but bombed by the French in the early 1700s, the structure was rebuilt in 1930, when the inhabitants realized its great tourist potential. Today the Castle it is open to the public but can only be partially visited: you will have access to the Chapel, the internal courtyard and the Caprin Room. Despite everything, due to the beauty of the sites and the amount of things to see, it will certainly take you most of the morning here.

Afternoon: Lunch, Remembrance Park, Museum of the Jewish Community

After a typical lunch at Antica Hostaria da Libero (beloved for the quality of raw materials and desserts: it is the place for you if you want to eat well by spending just over € 15,00), if the day allows it, there is no is nothing better than relaxing in the Parco della Remembranza, enjoying that pleasant feeling of tranquility in one of the oldest city areas.

When you have rested properly, you might think about dedicating some time to the very interesting Museum of the Jewish Community (or Museum of Carlo and Vera Wagner): inside it contains objects, furnishings and documents relating to the Jewish community in the past. settled in the area and seriously tested by the scourge of Nazism. The museum has two floors and many of the objects that you will see were donated by Jewish families before the 1993 inauguration. The advice we can give you is not to visit it in a hurry, but to pay attention to the various exhibitions to be able to fully enjoy it.

Evening: Dinner, Church of Sant'Antonio Taumaturgo, Serbian Orthodox Temple of San Spiridione

We end the day in a real gem of Trieste's culinary scene, L'Osteria ai Maestri: it is in fact a small tavern near via Carducci, where you can taste local and zero-kilometer products. This venue is theideal for those who want to eat typical high quality food, at moderate prices. (With about twenty euros, in fact, it is possible to have a more than decent dinner!).

After eating, a walk around the Church of Sant'Antonio Taumaturgo, famous for its grandeur and for the characteristic portico with triangular tympanum on the facade, it can only leave you speechless.

Right next door, also the Serbian Orthodox Temple of San Spiridione worth a visit, if only for the exteriors: easily recognizable by the blue domes, the temple is perhaps one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the city. Attention: if you want to visit the interiors instead, known for their splendid mosaics, you must make sure to arrive before closing time (19.00 pm), opting for a visit before dinner.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 46 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral of San Giusto (free), Castle of San Giusto (€ 3,00), Park of Remembrance (free), Museum of the Jewish Community (€ 3,50), Church of Sant'Antonio Taumaturgo (free), Serbian Temple Orthodox church of San Spiridione (free).
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes private walking tour of Trieste Visit of the Trieste market and lunch / dinner at a Cesarina's home
  • Breakfast at Caffé Pirona (Get directions), Lunch at Antica Hostaria da Libero (Get directions), Dinner at L'Osteria ai Maestri (Get directions)

3 day

Morning: Breakfast, Rossetti Politeama, Tommasini Public Garden, Synagogue

A breakfast fit for royalty is definitely the best way to start the third and final day of discovery in Trieste: the right place is Caffé Rossetti, a sophisticated and elegant place that will make you feel like a classy person (average breakfast price: € 8,00 / 10,00).

After breakfast, the idea is to go as far as Politeama Rossetti, also known as the Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, as well as one of the increasingly important theaters in Italy. Today, various kinds of shows are hosted there, from classical dance to musicals, from concerts to prose shows.

A few steps away is also the public garden dedicated to Muzio de 'Tommasini: if you visit Trieste during the summer, the Tommasini Public Park will allow you to enjoy a bit of coolness, sheltered under the foliage of the trees. Always on summer evenings, inside film screenings are held under the stars.

Remaining in the area, there is also the Synagogue of Trieste, one of the three largest synagogues in all of Italy. Built in the twentieth century to be able to contain the high number of faithful present in the city, the synagogue was closed during the years of fascism due to the racial laws and used as a book deposit. Today the building is open to tourists every day from 10.00 to 13.00, except Tuesdays from 16.00 to 19.00.

Afternoon: Lunch, Kleine Berlin, Museum of the Risorgimento

For lunch, we suggest you opt for a real city institution: we are talking about the Antico Caffé San Marco, once a literary café (even if today a small corner-bookshop remains where it is also possible to buy books). The interiors in art noveau style and the menu full of typical dishes will probably make you want to come back again. Due to its fame, however, (it seems that the place was even frequented by Italo Svevo at the time) you will not be able to spend less than € 30,00 per person.

Once you feel more relaxed and ready to get back on the road, it's time to explore Kleine Berlin, one of the less known but more particular attractions of the city: in practice, you are immersed in an underground world of its own, since these tunnels built by the Germans during the Second World War connect various strategic points of Trieste to each other. Used in the past also as an air-raid shelter for the inhabitants of the city, today they represent a very interesting place to visit for tourists, eager to live an experience out of the ordinary. (Attention: the galleries can only be visited on the last Friday of each month!).

Resurfaced on the surface, an interesting discovery path awaits you inside the Civic Museum of the Risorgimento. Located behind the Piazza Oberdan, this museum collects important historical artifacts dating back to the Risorgimento period, when many Trieste citizens were engaged in irredentist movements. Due to the amount of material contained in the museum, expect at least an hour to visit it properly.

Evening: Dinner, historical funicular

Shortly before sunset, however, we advise you to enjoy the last hours immersed in the beautiful atmosphere of the historic center or if you still don't have enough, head towards Piazza Oberdan, from which you can take the historic funicular of the city. Trieste, in fact, despite having been built at sea level, has a slight karst plateau behind it, and thanks to the Opicina funicular you can admire splendid panoramic views of the gulf, comfortably seated on the vintage tram.

To conclude with a flourish, stop at the terminus of Villa Opicina and go and eat at the pizzeria Al Brigantino, famous for the soft and tasty pizza dough (average price for a dinner: € 15,00 / 20,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7 km / 1 h 48 min
  • Places visited: Politeama Rossetti (free entry to the entrance hall), Tommasini Public Gardens (free), Synagogue of Trieste (€ 3,50), Klein Berlin (€ 3,00), Risorgimento Museum (free), Historical funicular (€ 2,00 hourly ticket / € 4,50 day ticket)
  • Panoramic city tour of Trieste and Miramare castle Trieste private walking tour of the history of the Habsburgs
  • Breakfast at Caffé Rossetti (Get directions), Lunch at Antico Caffè San Marco (Get directions), Dinner at Pizzeria Al Brigantino (Get directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Trieste: Trieste is beautiful in any season of the year but perhaps the best time to visit it is towards the end of summer and early autumn, when the city is not so full of tourists and the temperatures are still acceptable (in winter, when the Bora blows, it really hurts very cold). If you love sailing boats, make a note of the unmissable appointment with the Barcolana, the sailing regatta on the second Sunday of October.
  • getting to Trieste is very easy, since the nearest airport is the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia International Airport (or Ronchi dei Legionari International Airport). To get to the city, just take the bus / shuttle of line 51 which in just over an hour leads to the Trieste railway station.
  • the best area to stay is certainly the one in the center and around Piazza Unità d'Italia. By booking a little in advance, in fact, it will not be necessary to spend excessive amounts and, in this way, it will be possible to save on transport costs. Alternatively, there are also interesting solutions in the area surrounding the Miramare Castle, although this is located a little outside the city. Hotels and b & b starting from € 51,17 per room -.
  • Getting around: Trieste is not very rich in parking lots. This is why we recommend that you take advantage of the very efficient means of transport: the most comfortable is the bus, whose network covers the entire provincial territory. A standard ticket costs € 1,25 and will allow you to use the transport for about 60 minutes from the time of validation. Alternatively, arm yourself with comfortable shoes.
  • Other: ferries leave from Trieste to many Balkan countries. That is why, if you intend to extend the trip, it might be a good idea to spend 2/3 days in the city, and then continue by sea to another destination.

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