Attractions

Top Choice Church in Aquileia

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

The entire floor of the Latin cross-shaped basilica, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1348, is covered with one of the largest and most spectacular Roman-era mosaics in the world. The 760-sq-metre floor of the basilic…
Top Choice Castle in Trieste

Castello di Miramare

Sitting on a rocky outcrop 7km from town, Castello di Miramare is Trieste's elegiac bookend, the fanciful neo-Gothic home of the hapless Archduke Maximilian of Austria. Maximilian originally came to Trieste in the 1…
Top Choice Church in Udine

Oratorio della Purità

The intimate Oratorio della Purità has a beautiful, dramatic ceiling painting of the Assumption by Giambattista Tiepolo, with a glowing Madonna framed by tumbling, rather mischievous looking cherubs. It's a wondrous…
Top Choice Gallery in Udine

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Udine’s modern and contemporary hub brings together a number of bequests, creating a substantial collection of 20th-century Italian artists, including De Chirico, Morandi, Campigli and Mušič. There’s also a surprise…
Museum in Aquileia

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

A daunting number of statues, pottery, glassware and jewellery, all locally excavated, are displayed in this museum, representing one of northern Italy's most important collections of Roman-era treasures.
Memorial in Trieste

Risiera di San Sabba

This former rice-husking plant became a concentration camp in 1943 and has been a national monument and museum since the 1960s.The site commemorates the 5000 people who perished here and the many thousands more who …
Piazza in Udine

Piazza della Libertà

A shimmering Renaissance epiphany materialising from the surrounding maze of medieval streets, Piazza della Libertà is dubbed the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland. The arched Palazzo del Comune, also k…
Area in Trieste

Borgo Teresiano

Much of the graceful city-centre area north of Corso Italia dates to the 18th-century reign of Empress Maria Theresa, including the photogenic Canal Grande. Reflecting centuries of religious tolerance, it's here you…
Castle in Gorizia

Borgo Castello

Gorizia's main sight is its castle, perched atop a knoll-like hill. It has some convincing re-creations and a fine wood-panelled great hall. Beneath the main fortress huddle two oddly paired museums. The tragic, gor…
Castle in Il Carso

Castello di Duino

Fourteen kilometres northwest along the coast from Miramare, this 14th- and 15th-century bastion picturesquely marches down the cliff, surrounded by a verdant garden and mind-blowing views. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke w…