A walk through Trieste in the Springtime

There are many ways to define the beautiful city of Trieste, which is located in Friuli Venezia Giulia and overlooks the Adriatic Sea with its 200,000 inhabitants. One of the most famous definitions is when it was called the small Vienna by the sea. From an architectural point of view there are in fact many similarities with the Austrian capital, by virtue of the great Central European past that has ended up indelibly characterizing some of the most famous views of the city. A Polish writer who visited the city many years earlier even defined it as a part of Central Europe annexed to Italy. Without dwelling further on other parochialisms, this should be enough to understand how important the identity of Trieste is today for the citizens who live there. Just take a tour of the historic city center to understand how many signs of its glorious past are still present in the city, starting from the splendid Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, passing by the town hall and the famous fountain of the four continents. Don’t forget the 18th century Palazzo Pitteri, one of the most beautiful and majestic buildings in the whole square.

Since there are some other useful articles on visiting the historic city center, we want to dedicate this one to some walking itineraries that can be tackled around the city. With the arrival of spring, you’ll want to spend your days outdoors. Leave the prestigious cafés behind that are teeming during the colder seasons and dedicate yourself to exploring the natural setting that forms the backdrop to this truly unique city. Around Trieste, to the delight of those who love trekking and day trips, you will find the Karst plateau. Trieste residents know it very well and it is usually a destination for Sunday trips, when the weather permits and the Bora temporarily goes on vacation. The park of the Miramare castle, for example, is loved by its citizens. It is a huge park measuring 22 hectares. Inside you can visit the homonymous castle, built by Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg around 1855; a fortified structure that magically overlooks the sea and offers a perfect vantage point from which to take exceptional photographs, with a truly enchanting panorama.

Among the most famous places to visit around Trieste there is certainly the giant cave. A gigantic karst cave explored for the first time in 1840 which began to welcome tourists in the early 1900s thanks to the Trieste tourist club. It is located just a few kilometers from the city of Trieste and also a short distance from the border with Slovenia. The cave extends for almost 100 m in height and about 170 m in length while the volume of the whole cave is equal to 365,000 m³. Inside the cave there is a tourist path that you can take in the company of specialized guides. The visit lasts about an hour and is overall a little less than 1 kilometer long, through various descents which wind through tunnels and flights of stairs you will always be safe.

The great spectacle of the route is the large cavern: there are 500 steps leading to a depth of 80 m. The lowest point that can be reached through the tourist route is 100 m deep below the ground, among a multitude of limestone stalactites and stalagmites being careful not to trip! There is also a second route that is much more demanding, which requires harnesses. It brings you down to the depths of the sea, 252 m below the sea up to the point where the groundwater rises. An excursion that lasts about 4 hours and is offered by the cave staff at € 80 per person including a mandatory cave guide.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a point from which to observe Trieste in all its majestic grandeur, the Vittoria lighthouse should be noted. It is a memorial monument in honor of those who fell overboard during WWI. The lighthouse is not far from the center, more precisely in the Gretta district and it is also possible to reach it on foot, taking a nice walk. The lighthouse was designed in 1923 by the architect Arduino Berlam and built in 1927. It is 60 m above sea level which rises on what was once the ancient structure of an Austrian fort, previously built in 1854. The whole structure which is still beautiful today, is entirely made of stones from Istria. At the base of the building, for fans of military history, there is an anchor from what was the first Italian naval ship to enter the port of Trieste in 1918. The monument is open for visits and gives you access to the terrace.

If you want to get away from the center, you can choose to visit the beautiful garden of villa Rivoltella which is located in the Chiadino-Rozzol district, around vast wooded areas. It is a green area that extends for 50,000 m². The park has some places of interest such as the entrance with the precious iron gate and the neighboring pond with turtles. Continuing inside the garden you can reach the chalet, built around 1860 with its recognizable style in glass and cast iron, at least as far as the showy windows are concerned. The last area leads to the fountain with the statue of Pinocchio, skating rink, and other recreational areas of various types. It is a very quiet park where you can take a walk to temporarily get away from the chaos of the city center.


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