Trieste Culture & history

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Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

1. Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Experience the history and beauty of Miramare Castle - all without waiting in line. Visit this 19th century sea shore castle, surrounded by a large and picturesque park. The landscaped grounds feature plants chosen from all over the world. Enjoy taking in the outstanding architecture perched above the sea. Take advantage of access to the museum, stables and Castelletto, as well as walking in the extensive grounds. Discover the 19th century furnishing and decorations inside the castle, many of which have been preserved to the present day.

From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

2. From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Postojna Cave, the queen of all caves, is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst (limestone) monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you get to meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant – the proteus (olm) – up close.  A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries, and halls, an astonishing diversity of karst features, as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and the large number of visitors (more than 36 million of them in over 200 years). The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious, and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best-known and most notorious owner – Erazem of Predjama.  The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his that helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year. Let your guide take you through these unforgettable sights for an ideal day excursion.

Trieste: Habsburg History Private Walking Tour

3. Trieste: Habsburg History Private Walking Tour

Get a personal introduction to the beautiful seaport city of Trieste on a private walking tour with a local guide. Discover a gem of Italy that remains remarkably off the tourist trail. See the most important places, piazzas and buildings that reflect the Habsburg domination of the area during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Marvel at the stunning sea views from Piazza Unità d'Italia, and then walk over to the Borgo Teresiano district and Piazza della Borsa to see the theater dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi.  Stroll along the pretty banks of the Canal Grande to reach Tergesteo and the elegant Palazzo Gopcevich and Palazzo Scaramagnà. Enter Piazza Ponterosso at the heart of Borgo Teresiano, and then walk along Via San Nicolò, lined with boutique stores and restaurants.

Trieste Panoramic City and Miramare Castle Tour

4. Trieste Panoramic City and Miramare Castle Tour

After being picked up from your accomodation or hotel in Trieste, your guide will take you on a tour through Trieste. Take in the panoramic views of this majestic city, nestled in Italy’s northeast corner, embraced by green hills in one and the Mediterranean sea on the other, the snow capped Dolomites to the north. Visit Miramare Castle which was built between 1856 and 1860 on the tip of the promontory overlooking the sea. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the castle's beautiful parks and marvel at the valuable botanical species where one can relax.  At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your accomodation. 

Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

5. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

6. Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

Book this comfortable private transfer to be taken straight from the Trieste train station to Castello di Miramare. Once you get there, your private driver will provide you with skip-the-line tickets to visit this beautiful castle. You'll then be free to start the visit by yourself, following the signs inside the castle and deciding what you prefer to see and how much time to dedicate to each room. You might want to dedicate a bit more time for the beautiful Maximilian's Rooms, particularly the bedroom, furnished as a ship's cabin, as well as the "Throne Room". Built between 1856 and 1860 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria, later Emperor of Mexico, the building is strongly influenced by a Romantic taste, as a revisited construction of a medieval fortress. Don't forget to take a look at the large park (over 22 hectares) surrounding the castle, an English-style and Italian-style garden, rich in rare plants, sculptures, and ponds, with wide steps that descend towards the sea.  After your 1.5-hour visit, your driver will take you back to the train station.

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What people are saying about Trieste

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Our original tour got messed up from my end. Tour guide Matt stepped in and made our day one of the best on our cruise! He spoke wonderful English, he is from ALASKA after all. We was a gentleman and well informed at all our stops and best of all had no problem stopping when we wanted to take photos. Thanks Matt and good luck at university. Angie and Marilyn

The trip was great. We enjoyed exploring both sites. The castle has electronic guide so you can progress at your own pace. The cave has a person that leads you through the cave.

This was truly the most amazing castle to tour with easy access by bus from Trieste. We loved the tour and the beautiful garden stroll. Absolutely stunning.

Great service and beautiful places. The organizer who accompanied us was very nice and helpful.

Dean was great ! The tour was stress free & we enjoyed great food & Prosecco !