Trieste Italy - Dolce vita in Friuli

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Trieste harbor

Discover Trieste in Italy

Trieste in Italy is worth a visit. We make a flying visit on the return journey from our trip to Slovenia. Triest is very well suited for this, as the city is only a few kilometers across the border. Here you can find out what you should know for a flying visit to Trieste.



I can hardly remember my first visit to Trieste Italy. At that time I was traveling with my parents and we ended up in Trieste more or less by chance on our way home from Slovenia. What I still remember well is that even then we had problems finding a parking space in the center of Trieste. Parking in Trieste has its pitfalls. Back then we had to walk for more than an hour to get to the center from our car. Not much has changed about that. This time we only had a few hours to explore the port of Trieste and the surrounding area. So I wanted to plan the whole thing a little better.


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Here you will find the top hotels in the center of Trieste for every budget

Savoy Excelsior Palace*

The Savoia Excelsior Palace is a great luxury choice. This first-class hotel offers elegant rooms, fantastic sea views and first-class service. It is the ultimate experience in terms of luxury and comfort. Particularly noteworthy is the exquisite in-house restaurant with an excellent selection of wines.

Hotel Continentale*

The Hotel Continentale is in the middle price segment. It combines modern comfort with classic elegance. The rooms are stylishly furnished and offer breathtaking views of the city. But the real highlight of this hotel is the free breakfast, which many guests praise.

New Albergo Centro*

For travelers on a budget, the Nuovo Albergo Centro is an excellent option. This hotel is basic but clean and comfortable. It offers free Wi-Fi and is within walking distance of the main attractions. Despite its cheap prices, this hotel offers a cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.

Urban hotel design*

In addition, the "Urban Hotel Design" should be mentioned. This boutique hotel is known for its unique design and innovative rooms. Located in the heart of the old town, it offers guests an exceptional base from which to discover Trieste.

You can find more top hotels in the Trieste region here.


First of all, we limited our flying visit to Trieste in Italy to the Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia and its surroundings, as we only wanted to make a stopover on the return journey to Austria. That was a good thing, because again we spent part of that time looking for a parking space for our car. There are parking spaces at the port of Trieste near the Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia, but they are already occupied on Sunday mornings. So this time we had no choice but to drive back to the port of Trieste and park our car there. Ultimately, however, it turned out to be a stroke of luck.


Magnificent villas at Trieste harbor
Magnificent palazzo in Trieste, Italy


From the port of Trieste to Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia

Our walk from the Trieste marina initially takes us along the water, always with a view of the bay. The view of the boats on the pier, the Salone degli Incanti and the Acquario Marino della Città de Trieste is pure enjoyment. We enjoy a late summer morning strolling along the port facilities of Trieste with the city's Sunday visitors. What is not there to see. Young families pushing their offspring in front of them in a pram. Appeasing him when the longed-for ice cream doesn't immediately land in his hands is obviously not that easy. Boat owners get their speedsters ready for a trip out to the Adriatic Sea, which is very attractive in the sunshine.


Trieste city map

Map thanks to hiking log, a road trip planner on iOS and Android


Excursions in the area of ​​Trieste

On these excursions, your stay in Trieste in Italy will be a special treat:

If you want to stay longer in the city, you will find tips here 3 days in Trieste.


Skateboarders glide past us with a skill that always amazes me. Amazingly, they don't bump into anyone on the sidewalk where the number of walkers increases. In between we meet an elderly couple who hold hands in love and keep looking deep into their eyes. I start brooding. Are you perhaps celebrating an anniversary? Or are they not married at all? There are worlds that I will not clarify in the here and now. As we approach lunchtime, the number of large families meeting at the port of Trieste for their Sunday outing increases. Or maybe it's just for lunch with the family that they take in one of the trattorias, the beer houses, the pizzerias or the Ristorantes on the Riva del Mandracchio or in the Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia. Fish, pasta and peperonata wait already.


Salone degli Incanti at Trieste harbor
Salone degli Incanti in Trieste in Italy


Dolce Vita in Friuli

We decide to do the same to them. Therefore, we look for our way through Vespas, which honk us loudly before crossing the port road of Trieste, the Riva del Mandracchio. Unimpressed, we choose a place in one of the Ristorantes on the town square, which with its palazzos is reminiscent of the time of the K.-und-k. Monarchy remembered before the First World War. At that time Trieste was under the rule of the Habsburgs and belonged to Austria. The heritage of Austria can still be felt in some parts of the city. The palaces in the Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia seem to want to record this time. We are happy to save the other sights of the city for a later visit, because we have the opportunity to experience the Dolce Vita of Italy up close.


The Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia at Trieste harbor
The Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia in Trieste in Italy


The turmoil on the piazza is increasing. We observe a wedding party posing photogenetically in front of the fountain of the four continents, the Fontana Dei Quattro Continenti, for souvenir photos of this important day in the couple's life. The photographer then drapes the newlyweds in front of the Palazzo del Governo for another photo before they and the entourage of the wedding guests disappear into it. To sign the forms in the registry office? We do not know it.

Eat well in Trieste Italy

Instead, we finally lose sight of them when our lunch is served. With great skill the waiter dismantles the sea bass, who reproachfully looks at me from my plate. I only look again when he is filleted in front of me. Maybe he's from the Fish farm of Portoroz come from? It always tastes just as delicious. Petar is enjoying his salad plate next to me, which looks just as inviting.


Shutters provide shade
Shutters provide shade in Trieste, Italy


Dolce far niente in the Trieste way

The other guests who stay with us in the Ristorante and enjoy their Sunday are interesting: an elderly man is sitting at the next table in front of a glass of beer and delving into his newspaper. Now and then he takes a peek at his dog. He does the same by occasionally lifting his head briefly to check whether his master is still sitting quietly next to him. A well-coordinated team, so to speak. The two women in elegant Sunday clothes, who talk loudly and gesticulate violently, are quite different. I don't understand what it's about, but it seems to be something that both of them are very concerned about. Their conversation continues as long as we sit in this restaurant.


Window front with wrought iron balcony near the Trieste harbor
Window front with wrought iron balcony in Trieste in Italy


A stroll through the streets of Trieste in Italy

I would have liked to have watched the two even longer, but it is time to return to our car. We still have several hours to go to our destination, the Seehotel Enzian am Weissensee in Carinthia, For the way back, we choose Via Armando Diaz, which runs parallel to Hafenstrasse, but is a lot quieter than that. Here the house facades look more weathered than the splendid house fronts along Hafenstrasse. We find here the somewhat morbid charm of old Italian cities with their windows full of floral decorations. Wrought iron grids ensure safety. Here I discover some of those entrance doors that always make me curious about what is hidden behind them. This is the Italy that I particularly like. What I find most impressive are the side doors to the Museo Revoltella, a gallery of modern art, the visit of which I note for our next stay.


Side door to the Museo Revoltella near the Trieste harbor
Side door to the Museo Revoltella in Trieste in Italy


Immediately next door, Emperor Maximilian looks down from his pedestal to Piazza Venezia, which we cross before we walk back along the harbor promenade to our car. Although we missed many sights during our flying visit to Trieste, but enjoyed a few hours of Italian Dolce Vita and brought home an experience that will stay with us in the memory.


You need that for a day in Trieste

  • You will be walking a lot in Trieste. Therefore are comfortable shoes important.
  • The sun often shines in these regions. Then helps in summer sun hatthat also protects against sunburn.
  • Do you want to take regional specialties or wines with you as souvenirs? Then do one City backpack good services.
  • There are many beautiful photo opportunities in the city. So forget yours Camera does not.


Sailing yachts in the port
Sailing yachts in Trieste harbor


Questions and answers about Trieste Italy

Which attractions should I visit in Trieste?

There are many fascinating sights in Trieste. Don't miss the Miramare Castle, Piazza Unità d'Italia, the Cathedral of San Giusto and the Grand Canal. A walk along the charming old town streets is also worthwhile.

Which culinary specialties should I try in Trieste?

Trieste has a rich culinary scene. You should definitely visit the famous "buffet" cafes and enjoy a "Caffè Triestino". Also try the traditional “scampi alla busara” (Norway lobster in tomato sauce) or the “jota” (stew with sauerkraut and beans). Don't forget to try a glass of local wine “Vitovska”.

What is the best way to get to Miramare Castle from Trieste?

Miramare Castle is just outside the city center. You can either take bus number 6, which leaves regularly from Piazza Oberdan, or take a taxi. Another option is to hire a bike and cycle along the coast to the castle - a nice and relaxing way to get there.

Are there beautiful beaches in Trieste?

Yes, Trieste has some beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the sun and the sea. The most famous beach is Barcola Beach, which stretches along the coast.

What day trips can I do from Trieste?

From Trieste you can take various interesting day trips. For example, visit the nearby city of Udine, known for its medieval architecture and gastronomic diversity. Another option is, for example, a trip to Piran in Slovenia, a charming coastal town with a Venetian flair. In addition, the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle are easily accessible from Trieste and offer a unique experience.


Travel organization to Trieste in Italy

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arrival to Trieste Italy

For example, book your journey here by flight, bus or train*. Trieste has its own Airports. The city can also be reached by train. However, the easiest way to get there is by car. So you are also mobile on site. For arrival from Munich takes five hours, ex Salzburg it's four hours from Vienna four hours 50 minutes. From Portoroz in Slovenia, the journey takes half an hour. It takes two hours from Venice.

Rental car

A Car hire from Trieste airport * you can also book here.

Accommodation in Trieste in Italy

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Trieste travel guide in Italy

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Trieste tips
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Trieste Italy - Dolce vita in Friuli

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

4 thoughts too "Trieste Italy - Dolce vita in Friuli"

  1. Hello you two,
    Since I already know the (for me) most important sights in Trieste, I can often afford the luxury of spending a day like you in this great city. I also love to just stroll around and pretend that I'm not a tourist. As a parking lot I recommend you for the next visit the parking garage San Giusto ( under the same name hill. The prices are moderate and as a small extra there is a lift that goes up to the very top of the hill and so you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city WITHOUT exertion.
    Best regards,

    1. Dear Elena,

      "Without effort" sounds good. Just the thing for us slow travelers. It was definitely not the last time we were in Trieste. The city is really worth seeing.

      Best regards,

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