Off to the Karst Plateau to visit the cave Grotta Gigante, one the most interesting sites in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, where tourism, environment and scientific research blend together, nature comes in shapes and colours of rare beauty.
Visit: Grotta Gigante, Borgo Grotta Gigante, Sgonico, Province of Trieste, Friuli Venezia GiuliaYou will visit the exceptionally large size of the main underground chamber of the Grotta Gigante 98,50 metres high, 76,30 metres wide and 167,60 metres long.Visit: Castle of Duino, Duino, Province of Trieste, Friuli Venezia GiuliaDeparture towards the beautiful hamlet of Duino and visit the Duino Castle, owned by the Princes of Torre and Tasso, the castle was built in 1300 upon the ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. The massive complex with its composite architectural style overlooks the Gulf of Trieste. Inside, it houses important works of art and refined historical relics. Over the centuries, it has offered hospitality to many illustrious people, including the poet R.M. Rilke, Empress Elisabeth of Austria (known as Sissi), the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. On the tour of the castle and its gardens, guests can admire the forte-piano played by Franz Liszt, the Palladio staircase, the view of the Gulf of Trieste from the top of the tower, the rampart walls overlooking the sea and the bunker built in 1943 by the German Kriegsmarine.