Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours

Tripoto
11th Jul 2014

Canal grande

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Piazza Unita D’italia

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Fountain of the four continents

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata
Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Roman Amphitheater

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

A lit up ferris wheel at the Canal grande

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Gorgeous architectural details

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

A beautiful fountain detail

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Church of San Antonio Nuovo

Photo of Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours by Noel Morata

Trieste seems to always be a crossroad for travelers coming or going from Croatia to Italy and back. But those with more time on their schedule should really spend a little time discovering this wonderful city. There’s a lot to discover and enjoy with the city’s unique landmarks and attractions with only 24 hours to spare.  Most of the attractions are within the center of the historic district, so it is easy to walk to many of the main sites or take public transportation to a few sites that are out of the city center.

Piazza Unita D’italia is the main plaza or piazza fronting the bay front and the historic center of Trieste. Within this huge square are historic and ornate buildings originally palaces on three sides and a large central sculpture called the fountain of the four continents. It’s a perfect spot for taking a nice break to enjoy the square, take pictures and enjoy some people watching. The buildings now house various government offices, a visitors center and city hall in the center.
Photo of Piazza Unità D'Italia, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
Cittavecchia or the old quarter is filled with many pedestrian streets and filled with fun shopping and eating venues leading to and from the main Piazza, Unita D’italia. The wonderful historic quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and beautiful old world architecture is a delight to explore, window shop and photograph the street life.
Photo of Santa Maria Maggiore, Via del Collegio, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
The roman amphitheater and ruins are in the center of town and are well-preserved and worth visiting while in the area. This amphitheater built around the first century was originally close to the water, but with the filling in of land in the bay, the theater is now further back from the waterfront. The roman grounds are closed off, so there is only access to view the amphitheater from the street level.
Photo of Roman Amphitheater, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
The Canal Grande not far from Piazza Unita D’Italia is a very scenic area with roads lining the canal, filled with restaurants, shops and other beautiful buildings. It’s a great place to stroll, do some people watching or enjoy a drink and dinner at any of the cafes along the canal. Fronting the canal is the church of San Anthonio Nuovo dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, it’s a beautiful basilica built in Neo-Classical style. The interior of the basilica is also worth visiting and filled with many classical details of the period. In front of the basilica is a small and ornate carousel, it’s a sweet and popular hang out spot with locals and their children enjoying their passiagata “evening walk” before the dinner time. James Joyce statue fronting the Canal Grande lived in various areas in Trieste from 1904 – 1920 – it’s easy to find along the walkway and take a nice photo with the author as if you were having a nice conversation while walking down the boulevard.
Photo of Canal Grande, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
Miramar castle built around 1856 for Hapsburg nobility now houses a historical museum with dramatic and scenic views from the cliffs and seaside. The twenty-two hectare park and castle is open to the public for tours of its ornate interiors. The exterior gardens are free to the public and contain exotic trees and plants, beautiful pathways, follies and scenic garden rooms.
Photo of Miramar castle, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
A gorgeous baroque palace owned by Baron Revoltella houses an eclectic mix of landscapes, abstracts, portraits and sculpture from the 19th to 20th century. Some of the private rooms are still intact to view including the library, reception and mirror hall, private bedrooms and other sitting rooms with all its elegant furnishings.
Photo of Palazzo Revoltella, Via Armando Diaz, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
At the top of the hill is the 15th century castle and fortifications. Within the castle is a museum housing some armory collection, period pieces and art including tapestries. The ramparts and grounds are fun to walk through with beautiful vistas below.
Photo of Castle of San Giusto, Trieste, Italy by Noel Morata
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