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Friuli Venezia Giulia

TRIESTE: tourism and culture

Some useful and interesting informations about Trieste: history, art, events, nature, gastronomy.




Trieste is the chief town of Friuli Venezia Giulia and it is also the smallest Italian province, with only six municipalities. Its territory extends on the homonymous Gulf, at the foot of the Carso tableland and very close to the border with Slovenia.

The town is situated in a nodal position for the communications between Italy and the Iberian peninsula and between Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

Exactly thanks to its particular territorial position, this Adriatic town has developed in the course of time and has become a lively commercial centre, characterized by the presence of people who come from different cultures. From this situation Trieste has derived its peculiar identity as an "Italian different town".

All this happened thanks to the fundamental role played by the port, that has been present since ancient times and on which the commercial development of the town still depends today.

The particular nature of its territory (the Carso), its history, the old charm of a Central European town and the fact that Trieste is in the forefront in the scientific field as the Capital of Science, make of it a unique and fascinating town.

If you want to reach Trieste by plane, your reference is the "Ronchi dei Legionari International Airport" (33 Km far away from Trieste) with national connections from Milan, Rome and Genua and with international connections via Milan and Rome (Alitalia); non-stop flights from Munic (Air Dolomiti-Lufthansa); non-stop flights from Belgrade (Jat).

If you want to reach Trieste by car, you can drive along these roads:

  • the A4 Venice-Trieste, Monfalcone-Lisert tollgate, exit sign ‘Sistiana’ (main road SS 14 ‘Costiera’). This is the most panoramic road if you want to see Trieste and the sea;
  • the main road SS 202 Triestina, following this route: motorway A4, Lisert tollgate, Carso Tableland, Opicina, Padriciano, Trieste (you will not pass through the town centre);
  • (from Istria) main road SS 15 Via Flavia, following this route: Capodistria (Koper) –Rabuiese State Border (this road is not very interesting from the touristic point of view, but it leads to the town centre);
  • (from Slovenia – Lubiana) the main road SS 58 Carniola, following this route: Lubiana (Ljibliana) –Fernetti State Border – Opicina, connection with the main road SS 202, Trieste (you have the possibility to leave your car here and go down by a characteristic tram).

You can reach Trieste by train , too. You can arrive at the Central Station in Trieste (Libertà Square, no.8) a few minutes from the principal town square.

The sea connections with the towns of the Istrian coast and with the seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano are seasonal.

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