There's been a hotel of sorts on this prime site since Roman times, and the Duchi remains Trieste's grand dame. Public spaces are hushed and intimate, and the rooms are opulently traditional – the way repeat visitors like them. The bathrooms might be a tad frumpy for some five-star tastes, but the moody basement pool is a good trade-off.
Guests can relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and Turkish bath.
The rooms are decorated with classic, antique furniture. They come with a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. Wi-Fi here is free.
The restaurant serves regional and international cuisine. It overlooks the main square. Buffet breakfast is offered every morning in an elegant dining hall.
The Grand Duchi d'Aosta is 900 metres from Trieste Railway Station and a 40-minute drive from the Ronchi dei Legionari Airport.