A Private Guided Walk through the Heart of Trieste
- Historic landmarks: Wander the narrow medieval streets of Old Trieste and the Jewish Quarter. Stroll past the seafront Church of San Nicolo and famed Caffe Tommaseo, the grand Teatro Verdi and meticulously restored Galleria del Tergesteo on the Piazza Borsa, a 1st-century Roman amphitheater notched into the slope of San Giusto hill, and many other Trieste highlights.
- Palazzos by the sea: Surrounding the 3-acre Piazza Unita d'Italia is the Austrian Quarter at its most ornate – a parade of cake-like Baroque palazzos including City Hall, Palazzo del Governo, the Lloyd Triestino building, and several other beauts.
- Small group = more personal: Share your experience with only people you know; enjoy the luxury of deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible itinerary.
About This Trieste Tour
They sure don't make grand squares like they used to. Case in point: Trieste's 700-year-old Piazza dell ‘Unita d'Italia. Open to the Adriatic on one side and clad in ornate 18th- and 19th-century "palaces" of commerce and government along the other three, you practically need binocs to see across this thing.
Despite the clunky name (a political nod to Trieste's 1955 annexation by Italy), the piazza is a rich, exquisitely preserved confection, flavored with the best of Italian, Slavic, and Viennese taste. Every inch trumpets the unique heritage of this port city, and the dominance it enjoyed for generations as the Austro-Hungarian Empire's commercial gateway to the world.
Anchoring the scene at one end, the Palazzo del Municipio (Town Hall) stands about as stately as a building can – with its central tower sporting a pair of bronze figures named Mikeze and Jakeze, who hammer out the hours on a huge bell. They're modeled after an even older pair who did the same thing for Trieste back in the 1500s.
Nearby, the crazily-Baroque Fountain of the Four Continents presents the cartographic world as it was seen circa 1750 – with figures symbolizing Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Having stood in this spot for nearly two centuries, the landmark disappeared from view after ever-petulant Mussolini ordered it removed in 1938. In the early 2000s, it at last returned to its rightful position in front of Town Hall.
The rest of the piazza's buildings are just as impressive, from Government House, with its cool facade mosaics, to Palazzo Stratti's robed giantess up top and famed Cafe of Mirrors below, to the plush palace where the Austrian Lloyd shipping company was headquartered at the peak of the era when ships were what moved the world.
It's hard not to be moved yourself as you gaze at the Piazza dell ‘Unita d'Italia. And it's just one of the treats a walk through Trieste offers.
Brewing more than coffee
A revered Trieste institution, Caffe Tommaseo has been a hotbed where movers and shakers, artists and intellectuals, and occasional radicals have gathered to share exceptional coffee and heated debate since 1830. Political movements have been spawned there. And, if you believe the rumors, even Carolina Bonaparte, Napoleon's kid sister and exiled Queen of Naples, was secretly owner for a time. The aura of intrigue still lingers, though the debate has shifted more to the rising cost of a first-rate cappuccino.
Please make your way to the coach parking lot at the pier and look for your GoBe Rep with a displayed sign.
Shops are closed Sunday and Monday.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 4 miles over varying surfaces with steps and inclines. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility.
Private Tour, Cultural, Scenic Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers that are 6 years or older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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