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Introduction

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Trieste is a city in the northeast of Italy and is the capital of both the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia as well as Trieste Province. It's located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste on the Adriatic Sea and has a little over 200,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

  • Miramare Castle
  • Castle of San Giusto
  • The Cathedral of San Giusto.
  • The Serb-Orthodox Temple of Holy Trinity and St. Spiridio
  • Basilica of San Silvestro
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Church of San Nicolò dei Greci
  • Israelite Temple
  • Arch of Riccardo
  • Basilica Forense
  • Palaeochristian basilica
  • Roman Age Temples
  • Roman theatre
  • Risiera di San Sabba Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Municipal Botanical Gardens

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Weather

Trieste has a nice climate with mild Mediterranean characteristics. It's cooler compared to places to the south but it rarely gets cold in winter when daytime temperatures average around 8 degrees Celsius and nights around 4 degrees (December and January). July and August are the warmest with 28 degrees Celsius during the day and around 20 degrees at night. Unlike places in the south of Italy, precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, though October to April sees some more days with rain, while summer rain tends to be in heavy downpoors, though on less days on average.

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Getting There

By Plane

Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS) near Trieste offers a range of flights.
Most are with Ryanair to/from Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cagliari, Pisa and London. Other airlines serve Belgrade, Munich, Tirana, Rome, Naples, Olbia and Paris.

By Train

Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's national railway company, provides trains to numerous other cities in the country, including Venice (2 hours) and Rome (7 hours).

By Bus

Buses go to a number of places, both in Italy as well as to other countries like Croatia and Slovenia. To Ljubljana, buses take about 2,5 hours and to Zagreb 5 hours. There is one daily bus all the way to Dubrovnik, taking 15 hours. Belgrade (10 hours) and Sofia (16 hours) have services as well. To the latter two, services are provided by Florentia Bus.

By Boat

Anek Lines travels between Trieste and Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa in Greece. There are also twice-weekly car ferries to Durres in Albania. In summer, there are services to destinations in Istria, Croatia.

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Drink

Aperol Spritz is a cocktail that you should try in this part of Italy. It is made up out of Aperol, Prosecco and soda. Normally served with a slice of orange. There are also other varieties of Spritz, which use Campari, Cynar or Select, the latter is most used in Venice. The good thing about Aperol is that with 11% the alcohol content is lower than that of Campari.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Affittacamere Alla stazioneVia della Geppa 4Guesthouse62
Affittacamere GhegaVia Carlo Ghega 3Guesthouse78
B&B ChiaraVia Cisternone 9Guesthouse-
Carma Bed&BreakfastVia Tor. S.Piero n.6Guesthouse-
Hotel AlabardaVia Valdirivo 22Hotel80
Hotel Italia TriesteVia della Geppa, 15Hotel88
La MariposaVia della Guardia n.42Guesthouse-
Nuovo Albergo CentroVia Roma 13Hotel88
Residence SaraPiazza Barbacan, 3APARTMENT88
B&B Petravia Mazzini 44 Trieste ItalyGUESTHOUSE90
Hotel CentraleVia Ponchielli Amilcare, 1Hotel80
Albergo Ristorante SoniaDomio 47 TriesteHotel-
Hotel RomaVia Carlo Ghega, 7Hotel-
The Park MuggiaVia dei Bonomo 1Guesthouse-
Apartment Campanelle 54Via Campanelle, 54Apartment-
Mare Pineta Camping VillageSistiana 60/D Duino-Aurisina (Trieste)Campsite-
Brigido ApartmentVia de Brigido 3APARTMENT87
Pensione GianniVia Lazzaretto vecchio 22 TriesteHOTEL-
Bed & Breakfast da RosySistiana 59L Duino-AurisinaGUESTHOUSE-
Feel Trieste ApartmentVia Cadorna, 3APARTMENT-
Casa Vacanze Molino8Via Molino a Vento 8APARTMENT-
Hotel PortacavanaVia Felice Venezian 14 Via San Michele 9HOTEL-
Affittacamere Trieste FamilyVia Trento,16GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel BarbacanPiazza Barbacan n. 3HOTEL-
Hotel All'ArcoPiazza San Silvestro 4HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.65065
  • Longitude: 13.76709

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