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How to Spend 3 Days in Trieste

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How to Spend 3 Days in Trieste
With three days in Trieste, you can explore the historically multicultural city’s belle époque cafés, sweeping main square, and unique blend of architectural styles before setting out for day trips across the border into Slovenia or to the surrounding Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Here’s how to spend three days in Trieste.

Day 1: Trieste
Spend your first day getting to know the city. Join a walking or bus tour through the historic center, home to Roman ruins, Hapsburgian palaces, and the grand Piazza Unità d'Italia—testaments to the city’s long history under a variety of different ruling empires and dynasties. Afterwards, tour the beautiful 19th-century Miramare Castle on the Gulf of Trieste, just north of the city: Purchase skip-the-line tickets, or take a guided tour through the castle’s lavish period interiors and the sweeping grounds and botanical gardens overlooking the Adriatic Sea. 

In the afternoon, take a deep dive into Trieste’s unique cuisine with a cooking class or a demonstration in a local home featuring dishes like Trieste-style goulash, followed by dinner. End your day with a leisurely coffee and pastry at a historic café like Caffè degli Specchi, in Piazza Unità d'Italia, or Caffè San Marco, on Via Battisti.

Day 2: Slovenia Day Trips
For centuries, Trieste was part of the country of Austria-Hungary, as was neighboring Slovenia. To fully understand the city’s culture, take a day trip across the border, where there are a number of destinations that make for easy excursions. Lake Bled, which sits in a dazzling alpine landscape, is one of the most popular. This glacial lake next to the 12th-century Bled Castle has a picturesque island with a spire-topped gothic church. Many tours combine a visit to Lake Bled with a stop in nearby Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city. 

Alternatively, join a tour of Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave, both located an hour from Trieste. The striking 13th-century castle was constructed on the side of a vertical cliff, inside a towering cavern, which is part of the same karst cave system as the nearby Postojna Cave. Among the largest karst caverns in the world, the Postojna Cave is so immense that it must be toured via an electric train. 

Day 3: Explore Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Trieste is the capital of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which is known for lush, rolling countryside. Focus on these vineyard-covered hills on your final day with a wine tour in Collio, an excellent way to sample local Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Ribolla Gialla wines in cellars dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Learn why the microclimate of this stretch between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea produces such unique wines, and stop for a traditional lunch. 

For those who would rather explore another city in this region, there’s Udine, which offers a beautiful medieval center peppered with a mix of architectural styles as well as squares lined with lively restaurants and cafés. Alternatively, head to the neighboring region of Veneto, and spend the day in Venice, admiring St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace, and other top attractions.
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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
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$153.01
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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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$51.61
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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
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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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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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$225.78
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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
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$320.47
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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
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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
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