Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Italy and lying less than 10 miles from the Italian-Slovenian border is Trieste, a gorgeous Friulian maritime city that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. Trieste's location on the banks of the sea made it a vulnerable target for various conquerors; indeed, Trieste's history is inclusive of such conquests by the Byzantines, the Franks, the French, and the Hapsburgs. Its convenient position also made it one of the most significant ports during the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as it was utilized by the navy for shipbuilding and commerce.
The legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is still observed today, especially when one steps foot in the Piazza dell'Unità d’Italia, the principal piazza of Trieste. Three of the four sides of the Piazza are lined with ornate buildings that encompass the square and open up onto the Adriatic Sea. This breath-taking view of the water will greet you each morning from your room at the Grand Hotel Duchi D’Aosta, located right in the Piazza.
Not far from the hotel is the magnificent Castello di Miramare, a castle situated near the Gulf of Trieste that was built for the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of the House of Hapsburg. The grounds of the Castello - which is spread over an impressive 54 acres - features Maximilian's estate, a park, unique gardens, and a museum. All of the rooms in the Castello are exquisitely furnished, serving as a testament to the splendor of Triestine architecture and design.
Another culture that has truly made an impression upon Trieste is that of Slovenia; while taking a walk along the piazza or dining in one of the historic cafés, one can hear the Slovenian language amidst the unique Triestine dialect spoken by the local residents. There is even a Slovenian-language theatre located in the heart of the city. This Central European influence also creeps delightfully into the cuisine of Trieste, whose flavors can be found in the traditional seafood dishes, pasta, and bold cheeses. When in Trieste, one can not pass up the opportunity to sample San Daniele prosciutto while sipping a glass of Friulian wine and observing the peaceful bustle of the city!
Many notable people have called Trieste home, such as writers James Joyce and Italo Svevo, as well as the Illy family, known for their coffee enterprise. Indeed, during your experience the warm, welcoming atmosphere will make Trieste feel like home as well, and you will uncover centuries of history, art, and culture as you tour the city center, temples from various religions, historic cafés, and many of the other exquisite monuments.
Whether you schedule this trip as a pre- or post-tour extension in conjunction with our other regional excursions, or choose to design a getaway exclusively to Trieste, we are certain that you will be moved by the tranquility and intimacy that is prevalent in every corner of the city.
A truly unique, cultural experience awaits you in the quaint, historical city of Trieste!
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*This tour may be scheduled as an independent departure. It may also be combined with any other tour to other Italian regions. Please contact Shop Wine and Dine for additional details