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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Castle
“The Castle of Miramare stands on the tip of the promontory of Grignano. Its position overlooking the sea, provides the possibility to enjoy a wonderful view over the Gulf of Trieste. The Castle is surrounded by a beautiful park with valuable botanical species where one can relax.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Revoltella Museum is an important modern art gallery that originated from an institution founded in 1872 by Baron Pasquale Revoltella (1795 – 1869). Revoltella bequeathed his palace and his art collection to the city of Trieste; but in addition to the building and the objects contained within he also bestowed a conspicuous revenue to the museum. This allowed for the continuous increase of patrimony and accumulation, in a remarkably short time, of a considerable art collection. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Nattural Reserve. A narrow canyon, very impressive with a lot of trails to do. Here you can hike, climb on the rock and even refresh in the small river.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Premise
“San Giusto Castle stands on a hill of the same name that overlooks the city. The history of this hill is as long as that of the city itself. It is here that the first fortified settlement was built, the predecessor of Roman Tergeste. In 1382 Trieste, worn out by the constant Venetian reprisals, signed the act of Spontaneous Surrender to Austria, under which the city maintained its independence but was protected by an Imperial Captain, and so it was that in 1468 Frederick III ordered the building, at the citizens' expense, of a Fortress flanked by a tower at the top of the San Giusto hill. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“Historical caffe in Trieste opened in 1914 and famous as a meeting point for the city’s intellectuals and young students. But those are not the only guests: in fact, it housed young irredentists, and functioned as a laboratory for producing fake passports to allow the escape of anti-Austrian patriots to Italy. Today this cafe has a restaurant, book store and organized exhibitions of local artists. Insider tip: If you love this, give a look as well to the other intellectual cafes: Caffe Tommaseo, Caffe Tergesteo and Caffe degli Specchi. Via Battisti 18 ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Museum
“Not behind the corner, but your chance to learn more about a real cave if you aren’t planning a future in speleology. Its central cavern is over 100m high, 65m wide and 130m long which makes it one of the largest tourist caves in the world. Approximately 20 minutes by car is the Grotta Gigante (literally “gigantic cave”) Throughout its known history, this cave has been in the Guiness Book of Records, and a 4 person hot-air balloon has even flown through it! Today, guided tours are available of this immense natural phemonenon and your tour guide will explain about its history and the various features of the cave including the stalactites and stalagmites. If you visit this cave, ensure to take a jacket and walking shoes as the underground temperatures are not favourable and the way back up is for approx 300 steps. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A must visit for meat lovers who can take austro-hungarian food. In their own words, A tradition that they “intend to pursue with passion and dedication, as was done in these decades, welcoming anyone, whether from Trieste or not, the Mayor or a student, to experience the essence of Trieste in a friendly environment , lively and with unique flavors.” Insider tip: you can’t book this place, so go early or late if you want to sit outside Via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3 ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Stables
“Lipica horses are world known white horses. In Lipica the horses school and stalls are really worth to visit, there are guided tours inside the park and building komplex.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Palace
“Restaurants, bar, cocktail bar, this is the place where to hang out in Trieste! Fantastic in summer time, plenty of young people.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Church
“Also known as Trieste Cathedral, this church is dedicated to Saint Justus and serves as the main church of the city. Originally constructed in 1320, the church features a Romanesque and Gothic design and the front façade has a huge circular window with a beautiful lattice design. Inside, the church features a plethora of decoration and the archways in the main aisle are covered with coloured patterns and ornate sculptures. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Buffet
“Opened before WWII, the family-run Siora Rosa is one Trieste's best-loved traditional buffets (bar-restaurants). Sit outside or in the wonderfully retro interior and tuck into boiled pork, sauerkraut and other Germanic and Hungarian offerings, or opt for something fishy like baccalà (salted cod) with polenta.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Establishment
“Una delle piazze più belle del mondo. Stile austroungarico e affacciata sul mare. Che vosa volete di più? *** One of the most beautiful squares in the world. Austro-Hungarian style and overlooking the sea. What else?”
  • 26 locals recommend
Route
“ Piazza Unità d'Italia (English: Unity of Italy Square) is the main square in Trieste, a seaport city in northeast Italy. Located at the foot of the hill with the castle of San Giusto, the square faces the Adriatic Sea. It is often said to be Europe's largest square located next to the sea. The square was built during the period when Trieste was the most important seaport of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and includes the city's municipal buildings and other important palaces.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“An area of 3,000 square meters inside the historic wine warehouse where you can buy, eat and study high quality food and drinks.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“This veritable hall of mirrors (specchi) first opened its doors back in 1839 and has more recently been taken over by the chocolatiering Faggiotto from Pordenone (although the matriarch is a local; in fact, she was Miss Trieste 1982). This is the ultimate Piazza Unità front-row seat, whatever the weather, and the coffee has returned to its once former glory.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Plaza
“Piazza Unita italia is known as the largest square situated next to the sea in Europe. Several prestigious and important buildings line the square including the Town Hall, the Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino, the Palazzo del Governo and the Palazzo Pitteri – Each of which features a stunning design and beautiful architecture. ”
  • 14 locals recommend