What to see in Trieste in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Trieste is one of the major cities of north-east Italy and the largest in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Despite having a nineteenth-century appearance and there are numerous Art Nouveau buildings, its history is very old and has maintained an important frontier role over time, thanks to its strategic position.
Many think that there is nothing to see here and consider it as a city of passage before spending their holidays in Croatia or Slovenia, but this is not the case. Trieste is elegant and beautiful, not particularly touristy and available for those who really want to discover it. Plus, most of the attractions have free or low-cost access!
Therefore, let's see together the most interesting places to understand what to see in Trieste in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Trieste: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Trieste: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Trieste: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Trieste: Morning

1 - Piazza Unità d'Italia, Town Hall, Revoltella Civic Museum

We start our day in Trieste with a good breakfast at Caffè degli Specchi, a historic bar of the city where you can enjoy a good coffee, a cappuccino, brioche and so on with about € 4,00 / 5,00.

It is located in a wonderful location, namely Piazza Unità d'Italia, the first attraction to visit.
The Square it is framed by fascinating period buildings, while only one side overlooks the sea. You can admire the Town Hall, with its Tower with the Clock and the two Moors who strike the hours, known as Micheze and Jacheze. Then other buildings such as Palazzo Model, Casa Stratti (which houses the Caffè degli Specchi), Government Palace, Palazzo Pitteri, Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino. The buildings are not open to the public.
You will notice in the square a column at the top of which there is the Statue of Charles VI and the Fountain of the Four Continents by Mazzoleni. About 700 meters away is the Revoltella Civic Museum, a modern art gallery very interesting (entrance ticket € 7,00).

2 - Molo Audace, Piazza della Borsa, Roman Theater

In the second part of the morning take a nice walk on the Molo Audace, a walkway over the sea of ​​200 meters, where you can enjoy the fresh air. Be careful, because here the bora can reach up to 100km / h and it becomes difficult to remain standing!

Then head to Piazza della Borsa, which takes its name from the Palazzo della Borsa, now the seat of the Chamber of Commerce, adorned with a splendid colonnade and various statues. To its left is the Palazzo del Tergesteo and continuing you will arrive at the Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi (€ 3,00 to visit the theater).
Entering the narrow streets of the center you will reach the ancient Roman Theater, symbol of the splendor of the Roman Tergeste, now used in summer for theatrical performances. Admission is free!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Unità d'Italia, Palazzo del Municipio, fountain, Molo Audace, Piazza della Borsa, Roman Theater.
  • Trieste city tour by coach with audio guide Private Trieste walking tour of 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Where to have breakfast: Caffé degli Specchi, Piazza Unità d'Italia 7 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Trieste: Afternoon

1 - Cathedral of San Giusto, San Giusto Castle, Roman Basilica

After the busy morning you will surely be a little hungry, so enjoy a delicious lunch at Osteria Alla Valle (average price per person € 28,00).
Visit the Cathedral of San Giusto, which it houses the relics of the patron saint of the city, San Giusto, as well as some Byzantine mosaics and the famous Halberd of San Sergio.

A short distance from the cathedral are the remains of the Roman Basilica, which in classical times was the center of economic life, and the Castle which hosts cultural events, shows and temporary exhibitions (ticket cost € 3,00 and includes Castle, walls, Castle museum and Tergestino Lapidarium).
Stroll along the city walls which offer a beautiful panoramic view!

2 - Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Victory Lighthouse

From the Roman Basilica, head towards Piazza Vittorio Veneto (15 minutes on foot) and, from here, from Via Galatti you will arrive at Piazza Oberdan. From the square, take bus line 42 towards Opicina or line 44 towards Cartiera Burgo, you will arrive at Faro della Vittoria in about 12 minutes.
Work of the sculptor Giovanni Mayer, is a lighthouse and memorial to the fallen sailors of the First World War. Entrance to the Lighthouse is free and every day, at the time of the afternoon opening (15:00 or 16:00 depending on the season), there is a free guided tour lasting 30 minutes, for a maximum group of 15 people.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 1 h
  • Places visited: Cathedral of San Giusto, San Giusto Castle, Roman Basilica, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Faro della Vittoria.
  • Tasting of the flavors of Istria departing from Trieste Trieste private walking tour of the history of the Habsburgs
  • Where to have lunch: Osteria Alla Valle, Via della Madonna del Mare 18 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Trieste: Evening

1 - Dinner, Borgo Teresiano, Piazza Sant'Antonio, Church of San'Antonio

The first part of the evening can be dedicated to visiting the Borgo Teresiano, the area of ​​the urban center built during the reign of Maria Theresa of Austria. Continuing you will notice the Palazzo Carciotti, now the seat of the Port Authority, with the blue dome and its colonnade. Leaving it behind you will see the Church of S.Antonio Taumaturgo in neoclassical style, located in Piazza Sant'Antonio. This pretty square offers the opportunity to sit on its little gardens and admire the sea on the splendid Gulf of Trieste.
For dinner, I recommend Al Vecio Canal, to try the traditional local dishes (full dinner € 40,00 for two).

2 - Grand Canal, Serbian Orthodox Temple

After dinner, continue your walk in the Teresian village, along the Grand Canal, one of the most romantic places in Trieste to stroll. Cross the Red Bridge and nearby you will see the James Joyce memorial statue. Finally, going further, you will find the Serbian Orthodox Temple of the Holy Trinity and San Spiridione, with its rich facade decorated with nine large statues (admission € 3,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 12 h
  • Places visited: Borgo Teresiano, Piazza Sant'Antonio, Grand Canal, Serbian-Orthodox Temple
  • Tour of the panoramic city of Trieste and Miramare Castle Trieste: Visit of the market and lunch / dinner in a Cesarina's home
  • Where to dine: Al Vecio Canal, Piazza del Ponterosso 2 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: from April to October the climate is excellent to visit (average 15 ° C). If you want to go to the beaches from June to September, it is ideal. The wettest months are February, September, November and December
  • the most comfortable way is the train, since it is connected with regional and high-speed trains with the major Italian cities. It also has an airport, Ronchi dei Legionari, which is about 30 km from the city. Bus line 51 APT Gorizia leads to the center.
  • Getting around: you can move easily on foot, however there is a dense and convenient bus network. The single ticket costs € 1,25, the day ticket costs € 4,35
  • Useful cards: the FVGCard is a tourist card that allows you to visit attractions for free and / or at a discount throughout the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, especially in Trieste. It can be 48, 72 hours or a week and starts from a minimum of € 18,00 up to a maximum of € 29,00. By adding a few euros to the amount (maximum 5) there will be transport included.
  • How to dress: dress comfortably and above all without heels, with the strong bura you may not be able to walk! In winter bring warm clothes, jacket, gloves, hat and everything you need to protect yourself from the cold (consider that it could snow), in summer light and cool clothes. Don't forget a windproof jacket for when the bura blows (the umbrella is useless).

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Trieste is a city that can be easily explored in one or two days, but in case you have more time available or you are unable to visit some attractions, I recommend what not to miss in the surrounding area.

  1. Miramare Castle, a suggestive structure erected as the residence of the Hapsburg court. The entrance ticket costs € 10,00.
  2. Opicina tram: old tramway that allows you to make a suggestive and panoramic trip outside the city. Line 2 starts from Piazza Oberdan and ends at Villa Opicina, 329 meters above sea level (ticket € 1,25).
  3. Giant cave: cave dating back to the Neolithic period to visit with specific hiking clothing (€ 12,00 the cost of the ticket).
  4. Risiera di San Sabbia: the only Nazi concentration camp in southern Europe and a place of memory of fundamental importance. Free admission.
  5. Civic marine aquarium of Trieste: housed in a historic building, the aquarium has 25 tanks displaying different species of the Adriatic Sea (admission € 4,50).

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