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Trieste

Tumbling down to the Adriatic from a wild, karstic plateau and almost entirely surrounded by Slovenia, Trieste is physically and psychologically isolated from the rest of the Italian peninsula. As such, it preserves its own unique border-town culture and retains a fascinating air of fluidity encapsulated in the Triestini dialect, a strange melange of Italian, Austrian-German, Croatian and Greek.

Once the great seaport of the Habsburg Empire, its fabulous waterfront is lined with portentous neoclassical architecture on a par with London’s, although its view across the blazing blue bay is considerably finer. It is this view, plus the marina chock-full of sleek white yachts, the city lidos, the long, sandy beaches and the vineyard-draped hinterland of the karst that hold the real magic of Trieste. Without much effort, life is slow and sweet. Like those before you, you might find yourself staying on longer than you’d planned.

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Trieste.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Trieste.