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How to Spend 2 Days in Trieste

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How to Spend 2 Days in Trieste
Discover the elegant and multicultural heart of Trieste, with its historic cafés, sweeping main square, and mix of historic influences. This Italian city sits just across the border from Slovenia, which also makes it a convenient base for day trips across the border. Here are some ideas for how to spend two days in Trieste.

Day 1: Trieste
Morning: Explore the historic center of Trieste with a walking or bus tour that hits the highlights, including Roman ruins and 19th-century Hapsburgian palaces. Stroll through the immense Piazza Unità d'Italia, which looks out over the harbor; visit the Serbian Orthodox San Spiridione, the Catholic San Giusto Cathedral, and the Jewish synagogue; and sip an espresso in the city’s belle époque cafes.

Afternoon: Make a short trip north of the city to tour Miramare Castle, a lavish 19th-century Hapsburg residence surrounded by acres of grounds and botanical gardens. Book skip-the-line tickets in advance or join a guided tour to admire the ornate castle interiors and the magnificent Miramare Park, which dominates the Grignano promontory above the Gulf of Trieste. 

Night: Discover Trieste’s unique local cuisine with a cooking class focused on preparing Trieste-style goulash—a twist on the classic beef stew, featuring onion, paprika, and herbs,  served with polenta. Alternatively, enjoy classic local dishes by joining an evening cooking demonstration in a local home followed by a 4-course traditional dinner. 


Day 2: Day Trips to Slovenia 
Morning: Lake Bled is one of the most scenic spots in Slovenia and an easy day trip from Trieste. This glacial lake, set against a background of pristine mountain peaks, has a postcard-perfect island, a 12th-century castle, and scenic walking paths. Day trips generally include a stop in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, to view the unique local architecture.

Afternoon: For a geographically closer—but equally scenic—Slovenian excursion, take a tour of Predjama Castle, just an hour from Trieste. The 13th-century castle is one of the most striking attractions in Slovenia, built directly into a cave on the side of a vertical cliff. Also stop at the nearby Postojna Cave, which is one of the largest karst caverns in the world and can be toured on an electric train. 

Night: Trieste is one of Europe’s most important ports for coffee imports, and the city has a proud coffee culture. End your two days by relaxing at one of the historic cafés in the city center. Two favorites are Caffè degli Specchi in Piazza Unità d'Italia, the oldest in the city and a favorite haunt of Joyce and Kafka, and Caffè San Marco on Via Battisti, which has been serving since 1914.
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Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle

Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle

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This magical Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle is ideal for travelers interested in historic architecture and magnificent scenery. Avoid the stress of busy public transport, and instead travel easily between sites in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. The tour will showcase seaside scenery, caves, castles, mountains, and parks. You’ll avoid waiting in long visitor lines at Miramare Castle, as entrance tickets are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$155.44
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Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour

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Cover all of Trieste’s top sights with the personalized attention of your own private guide. Go deeper with your visit as you get important historical context on the city’s main landmarks, from Roman ruins to Byzantine mosaics, as you stroll along the center and elegant seafront. Opt for a full-day tour to add visits to Italy’s only concentration camp, and the romantic, sumptuously furnished Castle of Miramare.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.43
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Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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The port town of Trieste is known for its scenic waterfront, historic monuments, and lively piazzas. This hop-on hop-off bus tour is ideal for first-time visitors, offering the convenience of a guided tour but the flexibility of independent sightseeing. Valid for 24 hours, you can stay on-board and listen to the audio commentary, or jump off at any of the 16 stops to visit sights such as Venezia Square, Miramare Castle, and the Grande Canal.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$13.26
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Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

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Visit Miramare Castle, a striking white structure with Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance design elements overlooking the Trieste Gulf on the Adriatic Sea. Built by Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg during the late 1850’s, the castle is surrounded by rare and exotic plants and trees collected by the Duke, who was a renowned world explorer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Discover Trieste on Foot

Discover Trieste on Foot

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Explore Trieste at your own pace with this private guided walking tour. Learn about the history, culture, and art of the city in this tour that can be customized according to your interests. A local guide leads this stroll through Trieste, often called Vienna by the Sea, including both top landmarks and off the beaten path streets frequented by residents.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.37
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Trieste private walking tour with a local guide

Trieste private walking tour with a local guide

A private tour of Trieste is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves and get inside tips and recommendations for hidden gems loved by locals. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides background at the city’s top landmarks, from the main square to a panoramic view of the harbor. For your convenience, departure times are available throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$325.56
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Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste

Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste

With fresh produce and secret family recipes dating back generations, Italy’s food scene offers the perfect way to explore the country’s culture. On this private cooking class in Trieste, begin with a visit to the local markets then roll your sleeves up to prepare a delicious 3-course meal—with hints and tips from your host. With the work done, enjoy your meal with a selection of red and white wines.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$259.25
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Dining experience at a local's home in Trieste with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Trieste with show cooking

There is no better way to get a feel for a city than dining in a local home. Delve deep into the culture and cuisine of Trieste with this private dining experience featuring a cooking demonstration in a Cesarina’s home. Sample traditional dishes passed down through the generations during a four-course meal with wine and coffee, and savor warm Italian hospitality around the table. Remember your experience with a Cesarine apron and shopping bag.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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