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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 Seafood in Trieste

Osteria Salvagente

After meeting Marco and Valentina, the 80-something couple who owned this old seafood place finally felt comfortable passing on their life's work. It's indeed in good hands. The young team have changed little of the…
Top Choice Cafe in Trieste

Caffè San Marco

Opening just before WWI, and a favourite of writers Svevo, Saba and Joyce, this Viennese Secession giant is spectacularly decorated with theatrical mask paintings, coffee-leave themed gilt and dark chocolate walls, …
Top Choice Seafood in Trieste

SaluMare

This bright, buzzing reinvention of the Triestine buffet features fish and seafood. Order at the bar from a menu of small dishes: white polenta and baccalà mantecato (salt-cod purée) or seppie bolito (cuttlefish ste…
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 …
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…
Museum in Trieste

Civico Museo Sartorio

Yet another significant city villa, stuffed with art, ceramics and jewellery, and featuring beautiful ceiling frescoes – some dating to the late 18th century – and a basement Roman mosaic. Don't miss the room of sup…
Seafood in Trieste

Al Bagatto

This old-timer, with its dark, brooding dining room, does a Triestine seafood degustazione – a crudo (raw fish) and something involving squid ink will invariably play a part – that's daunting but delicious. The 'sea…
Seafood in Trieste

Ristorante Ai Fiori

As the pretty name might suggest (fiori means 'flower'), there's a dedication to the seasons at this discreet little restaurant and an emphasis on freshness. In summer that might be a surprise cold spaghetti with sp…
Piazza in Trieste

Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia

This vast public space – Italy's largest sea-facing piazza – is an elegant triumph of Austro-Hungarian town planning and contemporary civil pride. Flanked by the city's grandest palazzi, including Palazzo del Munici…