6 must visit places if you have only one day in Trieste

After spending just one day in Trieste, I must admit I love it. Trieste is a charming coastal city in northeastern Italy. From its ancient history to its rich culture and breathtaking views, let me take you on a journey through a single day in Trieste.



Years ago, my first real walk in Italian city happened in Trieste. In fact, before that I have been once in Italy, but then I only passed transit through the country with stopover to Bergamo Airport in Milan. This time everything was different. We traveled by car from the Bela Kraijna region, Slovenia, to Venice and we stopped in Trieste for a not so short break. We had in mind a few interesting places to visit, so we parked in the central part of a city and started to look for them.

In the lines below I present all of the places we visited for one day in Trieste. Firstly, let me say a few words about Trieste.

Short info about Trieste

The city of Trieste is located in the northeastern part of Italy. The city’s population is about 300 000 people. Trieste is a major port in the Gulf of Trieste. The town was founded in ancient times. During the second century it was conquered and colonized by the Roman Empire. After the Roman period it fell into the possession of different countries for more than a thousand years. At the end of 14th century Trieste became part of the Habsburg Monarchy. Later, in the 18-19th century Trieste became a free prosperous city, thanks to shipping, thriving at that time there. During this period Trieste turned into one of the most important cities of the Austrian Empire. In 1918 Trieste became part of the Kingdom of Italy. After the Second World War the city was capital of the free territory for a very short period of time. In 1954 Trieste was handed over to Italy.

One day in Trieste

See below what is worth a visit if you have only 1 day in Trieste.

The Roman amphitheater

It was the first place we visited during our one day in Trieste. It is located in the central part of the city, at the foot of the hill San Giusto. The amphitheater was built in the late first century, as the Pula Arena, and for a long time after that, this area was out of the city of Trieste.

One day in Trieste: the Roman amphitheater
One day in Trieste: the Roman amphitheater

The Cathedral and the Castle San Giusto

After we saw the amphitheater from all sides, we walked up the hills of San Giusto to the cathedral and the bastion. They both have the same name – San Giusto. It took us about 10 minutes to get to the top of the hill where these spots are.

The Cathedral San Giusto in Trieste
The Cathedral San Giusto in Trieste

We managed to look around the cathedral – outside and inside, and the bastion – just outside, because in that late afternoon it had been closed just about a moment before our visit. Here, on the top of the hill San Giusto, we just felt for a while that as if we were in the Middle Ages.

Trieste: the Castle San Giusto
Trieste: the Castle San Giusto

The central square Piazza Unita

After the hill, we went down to the the central square, where we saw the City Hall and the Commodity Exchange. The square is huge and overlooks the sea.

The central square Piazza Unita
The central square Piazza Unita

It is believed that the Piazza Unita is the largest European city’s square that is on the beach. Do you have some different information? I would be glad if you share.

The central square Piazza Unita in Trieste
The central square Piazza Unita in Trieste

Serbian Orthodox Church “St. Spiridon”

The curch is located at one of the streets around the square. We did not miss to visit it.

Serbian Orthodox church St. Spiridon in Trieste
Serbian Orthodox church St. Spiridon in Trieste

The Great Canal (Canal Grande)

I am sure you have heard about the famous Canal Grande in Venice, right? There is a Canal Grande in Trieste too. To be honest, it’s not as impressive as the Venetian, but it definitely worth seeing. It is a waterway in the heart of the city to the sea, located very close to the main square Piazza Unita. For us, it was very nice to walk along the Canal.

The Great Canal in Trieste
The Great Canal in Trieste

After the good tour along the Canal Grande, we finally reached the beach to enjoy the magnetic Adriatic sea.

Trieste: the sea
Trieste: the sea

The sun was getting low, so we had to go to the car and continue further. We hoped to have enough time to visit the Miramare Castle.

Miramare Castle

The Miramare Castle is the most interesting landmark of Trieste, at least for me. The castle is located in the northeastern suburbs of the city of Trieste, just on the beach. It was built in the middle of the 19th century as the residence of the Austrian aristocrat Ferdinand Maximilian and his Belgian wife, Charlotte. It is interesting to see the castle inside, as well as to walk in its beautiful gardens.

1 day in Trieste: Miramare Castle
1 day in Trieste: Miramare Castle

Seeing from afar, the Miramare castle in Trieste creates a sense of a mysterious fairy tale – with its white walls towering over the seashore, with its jagged roof and with the sea around. Coming closer to the castle, this feeling is enhanced and complemented by the sound of the waves and the view of the gardens. When you enter the palace, you will fall into an atmosphere of fortune and luxury.

Miramare Castle in Trieste
Miramare Castle in Trieste

Useful information: The five places in the central city area of Trieste can be visited within an hour. To visit the most interesting place in Trieste – the Miramare Castle – you should plan about 2 hours.

More information about visits to Miramare Castle can be found on this website.

In conclusion, I liked Trieste from the very first minutes. Trieste holds its own unique charm and offers a great travel experience.

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