Trieste
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  • From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

    1. From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

    Postojna Cave, the queen of all caves, is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst (limestone) monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you get to meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant – the proteus (olm) – up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features, as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors (more than 36 million of them in over 200 years). The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious, and impregnable castle has been perched up in the midd...

    Really special experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of extra information about Slovenia too. Thank you!

  • Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

    2. Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

    Take in the major attractions of Trieste on a 2-hour guided walking tour. As this is a private tour it can be adapted to your interests. See the Audace Pier, built in the 18th century and Piazza Unità d'Italia, a unique and spacious market by the sea. Admire the neoclassical architecture of the Stock Market. See the Grand Canal, originally the main river canal for the salt pans. In the 19th century, the Ponte Rosso was built and the area became known for its marketplace. At the Market of St. Anthony, the guide will explain the cultural and religious diversity of Trieste. Visit a Roman theater at the foot of the Hill of St. Giusto. See the Baroque Church of St. Mary, built by Jesuits.

    This is a great tour to know what you’re seeing! Visit interesting places, oldest cafe, secret path to the fortress, introducing the best and hidden gems in Trieste.

  • Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

    3. Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

    This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal men...

    Giovanni and Mira were excellent and welcoming hosts who created absolutely marvelous, Trieste cuisine. Our translator, Virginia did a marvelous job communicating through the languages as we experienced the flavors of the Adriatic, locally made wine and homemade Grappa over a four hour tour we didn't want to end.

  • Trieste: Habsburg History Private Walking Tour

    4. Trieste: Habsburg History Private Walking Tour

    Get a personal introduction to the beautiful seaport city of Trieste on a private walking tour with a local guide. Discover a gem of Italy that remains remarkably off the tourist trail. See the most important places, piazzas and buildings that reflect the Habsburg domination of the area during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Marvel at the stunning sea views from Piazza Unità d'Italia, and then walk over to the Borgo Teresiano district and Piazza della Borsa to see the theater dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi.  Stroll along the pretty banks of the Canal Grande to reach Tergesteo and the elegant Palazzo Gopcevich and Palazzo Scaramagnà. Enter Piazza Ponterosso at the heart of Borgo Teresiano, and then walk along Via San Nicolò, lined with boutique stores and restaurants.

  • Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

    5. Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

    Book this comfortable private transfer to be taken straight from the Trieste train station to Castello di Miramare. Once you get there, your private driver will provide you with skip-the-line tickets to visit this beautiful castle. You'll then be free to start the visit by yourself, following the signs inside the castle and deciding what you prefer to see and how much time to dedicate to each room. You might want to dedicate a bit more time for the beautiful Maximilian's Rooms, particularly the bedroom, furnished as a ship's cabin, as well as the "Throne Room". Built between 1856 and 1860 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria, later Emperor of Mexico, the building is strongly influenced by a Romantic taste, as a revisited construction of a medieval fortress. Don't forget to take a look at the large park (over 22 hectares) surrounding the castle, an English-style and Italian-style garden, r...

  • Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

    6. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

    Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

  • Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

    7. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

    After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over ...

  • From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

    8. From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

    Join a tour across the border to Trieste, the largest town in the area, and full of rich history. Explore the city center with its beautiful architecture and Italy's largest sea-facing piazza. Visit the fairytale-like castle of Miramare just outside of town by the Gulf of Trieste and walk around the seaside set castle grounds.  Discover the city center of Trieste with its numerous monuments and feel the historic atmosphere present. Pass by Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia, a vast public space and also Italy’s largest sea-facing piazza. See Palazzo del Municipio, Trieste’s 19th- century city hall. On your way to the lively Ponterosso Canal, you will pass the impressive remains of the Roman amphitheater.  Then, leave the city and just a short drive away, find perched on a cliff above the sea the fairytale-like castle of Miramare that overlooks the Mediterranean from a large white rocky promon...

  • Trieste: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

    9. Trieste: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

    Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor with a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

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What people are saying about Trieste

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Excellent Tour

Our driver, Nicola, was very accommodating. He picked us up at our hotel at the time he said he would be there. Our first stop was at the Castle where he left us on our own and told us not to rush. Then onto the Cave where he guided us to the English speaking tour. He met up with us after the tour. He did a great job.

Giovanni and Mira were excellent and welcoming hosts who created absolutely marvelous, Trieste cuisine. Our translator, Virginia did a marvelous job communicating through the languages as we experienced the flavors of the Adriatic, locally made wine and homemade Grappa over a four hour tour we didn't want to end.

The tour was very individual as we were only 4 participants. The tour guide Petra spoke German and English very well. She has explained well and has responded to all wishes and restrictions. The 3 cities of Izola, Piran and Koper were pretty and well worth a visit. The organization went well.

Really special experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of extra information about Slovenia too. Thank you!

Outstanding

Very interesting, especially friendly, perception of personal wishes, an unforgettable day.