What's On: Around Trieste

Things to do outside Trieste

Around Trieste


Visit this charming Istro-Venetian fishing village and explore its "calli", narrow, picturesque streets flanked by typical, old buildings and stop over at the main square's cafeteria for refreshments.

Take bus 20 from the Trieste Centrale station all the way to the center of Muggia or the "Delfino Verde" ferry boat, (More details on Trieste Trasporti - click on "servizi marittimi")

In the Carso

Grotta Gigante - The cave is considered the largest tourist cave in the world. It is situated on the Triestine Karst (Carso), half an hour from the city centre. An exclusive feature of the cave is the horizontal pendulum, constructed by university researchers in order to calculate the slightest movements of the earth's crust.

Public transport is available to reach the cave: bus 42 from Piazza Oberdan to Borgo Grotta Sgonico, which is at a 5 minute walking distance from the cave.

More details are avaibale on the website, tel. 040 327312, email: info@grottagigante.it

La Napoleonica or Napoleon's path

Take bus 4 or the Tram to the "Obelisco" from Piazza Oberdan and go walking or jogging on the Napoleonica  (Napoleon's path), at the end you will find a parking area and at this point, you can take path number 12 (marked by C.A.I - Italian Alpine Club) and reach the Temple of Monte Grisa, return to Opicina through the Via Crucis path (number 12) and finally return to the Obelisk and take the bus back to the city. (Approx. 2 hours for the entire walk, 1 hour only for  "Napoleon's" path).

Hiking in Val Rosandra

The Val Rosandra Valley encloses a remarkable natural environment and a walk through its paths, and by the stream and natural ponds, surrounded by typical Carsic vegetation is worth it, provided you have a good supply of water with you as it can be very hot in summer. Make sure you have good sneakers on.

Walk along colour-marked footpaths, each marked by CAI (Italian Alpine Club), ranging from very easy paths to others that require some ability. There are easily accessible caves for speleology and archaeology lovers. You can reach the Valley by taking bus 40 from the Central Train Station in Trieste and get off in Bagnoli della Rosandra.The excursion may last around 3 hours. www.gmdb.it/rosandra/

Carsiana Botanical Garden in Sgonico  

The garden is open from May to October. Visitors may reserve guided tours. More information is available on the website, tel: +39 333 4056800.

Rilke path

Enjoy this beautiful walk on a narrow path over high cliffs overlooking the beautiful bay of Sistiana. The path is named after the famous poet Rainer Maria Rilke who lived in the castle of Duino in 1911 - 1912 and wrote his famous poems "Elegie Duinesi".
The path starts in Sistiana (near the tourist board information office) and the walk takes around one and a half hours to reach the Castle of Duino.  Once in Duino, you may visit the Castle. Bus 51 or a ferry boat "Delfino Verde" (summer months only) plies between the port of Sistiana and Grignano.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

There are a number of free-guided tours organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourist Office all year round. Please check the website for all details.


It  is one of the most interesting sites in the Region, an ancient marshland settlement, with a 700-year Roman period dating back to 181 B.C. There are old Roman mosaics in the basilica and old Roman ruins spread out in a lovely landscape.  Info Point often organizes a half day tour to Aquileia with an English speaking guide but you can go on your own and take  the train from Trieste to Cervignano del Friuli and then the local city bus from the train Station to Aquileia. More information on website.


Grado is built around a lagoon with a historical centre, basilica and Roman remains. It is a well-known SPA centre all year round with thermal swimming pools, sauna and Turkish baths. It is also a famous beach resort in summer. More information is available on the website,  tel. +39 0431.899309. 

APT Bus 21 takes runs between Trieste and Grado.

You can also  take  a bus (or a ferryboat in summer: check details on the website - click on "linea marittima" for the timetable).


The city has numerous historical monuments, museums (Palazzo Patriarcale and the Loggia del Lionello). Info Point organizes tours to Udine with an English speaking guide. Public transport is also available: APT Bus 5. Check the website for details.

Villa Manin Di Passariano is one of the most beautiful Venetian Villas of the Region. It was Napoleon's residence during his stay. Since 2004 the Villa has been home to the Centre of Contemporary Art.  There are APT buses from Udine every hour and it takes half an hour to get there from Udine.


Visit the Medieval Castle and the First World War Museum on the premises. The city center has a number of  historical "palazzos" that offered hospitality to illustrious people such as Goethe and Goldoni who lived in Palazzo Lantieri. Take APT Bus 51 from Trieste to Monfalcone (half an hour) and APT bus 8 to Gorizia (half an hour). Call toll-free number 800.016.044 for more info or visit the website.

Natural Reserve Park

The Natural Reserve Park of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Dolomite Alps organizes many interesting guided tours of the Park both in summer and winter with expert mountain guides. Check website for details.