May has been an absolute treat here in Austria. And because as a student you basically are free as a bird, me and the mister decided to use one of the 3 long weekend for a short getaway to Italy. This time we wanted to not only lie on the beach and enjoy the sun but also discover a new city. And so it was decided that we shall wander through Trieste.
I have already been to Trieste a couple of years back with school. But back then I was a stupid teenager and couldn’t be bothered with sight-seeing and wasted all my time sitting on the beach talking to the others. So I basically had no recollection of how beautiful Trieste really is. When we got there this time, however, I immediately knew I would fall head over heels in love.
Exploring Trieste in Northern-Italy
We took the car and arrived in Trieste at around 10 a.m. Let’s be honest, searching for a free parking spot was an absolute pain. We had to drive up and down the entire coastline 3 times before finally finding a free spot. The mister was furious but I spend most of the time either marveling at the beach or claiming how beautiful the buildings we passed were.
Once we parked our car we set off to explore the city. As usual we didn’t much inform ourselves about the city or what’s to see because we like to roam the streets and discover places on our own. So that’s exactly what we did and it was so much fun! The first thing we encountered was the Piazza dell’Unitá d’Italia which is a marvelous square surrounded by historical buildings from the Habsburg era on 3 sides and the Adriatic on the other one.
From there we walked through the old town until we found the canal, where we decided to sit down and have some Aperol Spritz. I know it was only 1 p.m. but I just couldn’t resist the temptation of kicking off our city-trip with a tasty Aperol. I don’t know why but for some reason it always tastes so much better in Italy than anywhere else. Plus they serve free snacks with it and what’s not to love about that?
In the afternoon we set off to explore the Miramare Castle near Trieste. It only took us about 15 minutes by car until we arrived at the castle grounds. The route there alone was absolutely breathtaking as you could already see the 19th century castle tower beneath the shore. We did not go into the castle itself but spend 2 solid hours exploring the outsides of it, the huge Miramare park and the cliffs and seashore park located around it.
I’m a lover of architecture and quite honestly, Miramare impressed me like no other building. The mixture of the unique location, gorgeous white walls, design and the extensive park made my heart beat faster and fall head over heels in love with this place. I can already tell that this certainly wasn’t my last visit.
The first thing I thought when we drove into Trieste was that the road there looked like the one surrounding Lake Garda, with its natural tunnels, cliffs and sea-shores. Once we really entered the city I told my boyfriend that it looked like “Vienna right next to the ocean”. (This is because it once belonged to Austria.) The atmosphere in the city is somewhat like Ljubljana and you could definitely feel that it’s a university-city. Also you could definitely see a small resemblance to Barcelona with its little beach just outside the city border. And the castle Miramare is simply one of a kind. If you ever have the chance to go to Trieste then please do it!
Exploring Trieste in a day – What should you see?
- Piazza dell’Unitá d’Italia
- The Roman Amphitheatre
- The Harbour
- Canale Grande
- Castle Hill & Santa Maria Maggiore
- Cattedrale di San Giusto
- Castello di Miramare
Have you ever been to Trieste? If yes, did you like it? And what do you think of these pictures? Doesn’t Trieste look stunning?