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How to Spend 1 Day in Trieste

How to Spend 1 Day in Trieste

Almost completely surrounded by Slovenia and isolated from most of Italy, Trieste is Italian in name but multicultural at heart. This elegant coastal city has had a number of rulers since the Romans and today shows vestiges of Italian, Slavic, Jewish, Germanic, and even Greek influence. Here’s how to take in the city in one day.

Morning: Trieste’s Old Town

The best introduction to Trieste’s captivating blend of cultures is a walking or bus tour through its historic heart. Roman ruins like the Arch of Riccardo sit shoulder to shoulder with elegant Hapsburgian palaces; the Serbian Orthodox San Spiridione, the Catholic San Giusto Cathedral, and the Jewish synagogue—the second largest in Europe—all lie within a half-mile radius. Most tours stop at the main Piazza Unità d'Italia, which faces the sea, and the Borgo Teresiano neighborhood, which boasts the Grand Canal and the city’s belle époque cafes, testaments to Trieste’s historic coffee culture.

Afternoon: Miramare Castle

After lunch, make a quick jaunt north of the city to tour the Miramare Castle on the Grignano promontory, above the Gulf of Trieste. Stroll through this extravagant 19th-century confection, which was home to the Habsburg family; the sumptuous interiors are filled with original original furniture, tapestries, and decor. Then take in Miramare Park, 54 acres of grounds and botanical gardens that offer impressive views of the Adriatic Sea and are dotted with sculptures, ponds, and fountains. The castle is one of Trieste’s most popular attractions, so purchase skip-the-line tickets in advance or choose a tour with priority entry to avoid waiting outside.

Night: Unique Cuisine

End your day in Trieste by exploring the city’s singular cuisine, a reflection of its multiculturalism. Join a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef to learn how to make traditional dishes like Trieste-style goulash—a version of the classic beef stew flavored with onion, paprika, and herbs, served with polenta—or enjoy an evening cooking demonstration and 4-course dinner with wine in a local home. Finish with a nightcap in one of the city’s historic cafés: Caffè degli Specchi in Piazza Unità d'Italia is the oldest in Trieste and was frequented by writers like Joyce and Kafka; Caffè San Marco on Via Battisti has also been a local favorite since it opened in 1914.

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Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle

Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle

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This magical Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle is ideal for travelers interested in historic architecture and magnificent scenery. Avoid the stress of busy public transport, and instead travel easily between sites in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. The tour will showcase seaside scenery, caves, castles, mountains, and parks. You’ll avoid waiting in long visitor lines at Miramare Castle, as entrance tickets are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.35
Price varies by group size
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$153.35
Price varies by group size

Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

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Cover all of Trieste’s top sights with the personalized attention of your own private guide. Go deeper with your visit as you get important historical context on the city’s main landmarks, from Roman ruins to Byzantine mosaics, as you stroll along the center and elegant seafront. Opt for a full-day tour to add visits to Italy’s only concentration camp, and the romantic, sumptuously furnished Castle of Miramare.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.72
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$51.72

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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The port town of Trieste is known for its scenic waterfront, historic monuments, and lively piazzas. This hop-on hop-off bus tour is ideal for first-time visitors, offering the convenience of a guided tour but the flexibility of independent sightseeing. Valid for 24 hours, you can stay on-board and listen to the audio commentary, or jump off at any of the 16 stops to visit sights such as Venezia Square, Miramare Castle, and the Grande Canal.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.09
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$13.09

Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

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Visit Miramare Castle, a striking white structure with Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance design elements overlooking the Trieste Gulf on the Adriatic Sea. Built by Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg during the late 1850’s, the castle is surrounded by rare and exotic plants and trees collected by the Duke, who was a renowned world explorer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.03
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$19.03
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Discover Trieste on Foot

Discover Trieste on Foot

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Explore Trieste at your own pace with this private guided walking tour. Learn about the history, culture, and art of the city in this tour that can be customized according to your interests. A local guide leads this stroll through Trieste, often called Vienna by the Sea, including both top landmarks and off the beaten path streets frequented by residents.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.29
per group
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$226.29
per group
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Trieste private walking tour with a local guide

Trieste private walking tour with a local guide

A private tour of Trieste is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves and get inside tips and recommendations for hidden gems loved by locals. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides background at the city’s top landmarks, from the main square to a panoramic view of the harbor. For your convenience, departure times are available throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$321.20
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$321.20
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Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste

Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste

With fresh produce and secret family recipes dating back generations, Italy’s food scene offers the perfect way to explore the country’s culture. On this private cooking class in Trieste, begin with a visit to the local markets then roll your sleeves up to prepare a delicious 3-course meal—with hints and tips from your host. With the work done, enjoy your meal with a selection of red and white wines.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.77
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$255.77

Dining experience at a local's home in Trieste with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Trieste with show cooking

There is no better way to get a feel for a city than dining in a local home. Delve deep into the culture and cuisine of Trieste with this private dining experience featuring a cooking demonstration in a Cesarina’s home. Sample traditional dishes passed down through the generations during a four-course meal with wine and coffee, and savor warm Italian hospitality around the table. Remember your experience with a Cesarine apron and shopping bag.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.12
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$101.12