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Trg 1 Maja (1st May Sq) may sound like a socialist parade ground, but it was the centre of Piran until the Middle Ages, when it was called Stari trg (Old Sq). The surrounding streets are a maze of pastel-coloured overhanging houses, vaulted passages and arcaded courtyards.
Local flora (best seen in spring) buds and flowers at the Carsiana Giardino Botanico in Sgònico. You will see everything from local oaks to various types of rhododendron. Take bus 42 from Trieste to Prosecco and change onto bus 46.
The Museo Civico di Storia Naturale displays a musty array of stuffed animals and bones. Literature fans can poke about documents and other memorabilia linked to two great 20th-century novelists in the Museo Joyce & Svevo .
Palazzo Attems is worth a visit for the mansion and the regional 20th-century art.
Inside Gorizia’s 18th-century synagogue is a modest exhibition dedicated to the history of the Jewish presence in Gorizia.