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There are many beautiful walks from the village, short and long. There is a small lake nearby called the ‘Laghetto’, about 10 minutes away. Try to spot the goldfish and frogs. The Napoleonica is a spectacular walk that stretches along a dirt trail from Prosecco to Opicina. The views of Trieste are amazing. You can walk to the starting point or drive and park here. You can return along the same trail, or walk back through the woods and visit the famous Monte Grisa ‘cheese grater’ church on the way. It is around 10km round trip if you drive to the starting point, a bit more if you walk to the starting point.  Miramare Castle is around 200 metres below Contovello. There is a beautiful walk down there along an ancient roman road with hundreds of stairs, it takes about 20 minutes down, and around 40 minutes to get back up. It is one of the highlights of Trieste. Entrance to the gardens of Miramare is free, you have to pay to go in to the Castle, except on the first Sunday of every month when entrance to all museums in Trieste is free. If you cannot face the climb back up to Contovello following a visit to Miramare you can get a bus into the centre of Trieste, then another bus back up to Contovello from Piazza Oberdan (Numbers 42, 44 and 46), get off at the second Contovello bus stop.

There are countless museums in Trieste with diverse and interesting exhibitions, some permanent, others changing regularly. You will never be bored on a rainy day. You can find a list of the top 10 museums here. There are many more to discover. Museums in Trieste have free entry on the first Sunday of the month. Many are free or have low cost entry.
Things to do
Visit the home of the famous Lippizzaner horses nearby in Slovenian Lipica. Go deep underground in the Grotta Gigante cave. Take a tour of the amazing Duino Castle. Not to be missed is the fairytale Miramare Castle, you can walk there. Have a cup of coffee in the historic Caffe Specchi, in spectacular Piazza Unita, the largest square open to the sea in Italy. Take a boat trip along the coast with the Delfino Verde ferry company. Trieste is a small city, and you will find many of the highlights such as the canal, by simply walking around the centre. Enjoy Trieste!!!
The people of Trieste love nothing more than baking in the sun. You can go to the beach in the centre of the city. Interesting beach experiences include Ausonia Beach Club, dating from the 1930’s, it has changed little and offers seawater pools, diving boards, sun loungers, a restaurant and massage area. Barcola is an experience not to be missed, it is a 4km long paved strip packed with sunbathers. Discover Trieste has a great guide to beaches.

Day trips

It is easy to reach Venice by train, there are numerous departures from Trieste central station every day. Ljubljana is also easily reached, but it is best not to go by train which is slow, buses are better. You can book tickets online from Flixbus. You can also go to Croatia by bus, there are many beautiful small towns in Istria. Muggia is worth a visit, across the bay of Trieste. You can go there by boat, it takes around half an hour. There are regular departures from the seafront, near the aquarium.


No stay in Trieste is complete without a trip to Eataly. It is a two level food emporium, with spectacular views of the marina. There is a Cafe, fish bar, and restaurant, and high quality food from all over Italy. There is pay per hour Parking in the basement, you get the first hour free with a till receipt.

There is a Max Mara outlet in Muggia, you can buy many items from the iconic Italian brand at discounts of up to 70%.

Apart from that Trieste has many lovely small shops to discover in the city centre, particularly in


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