Explore Trieste On Your Own
- Round-trip transportation: Your GoBe escort provides a helpful orientation to Trieste, suggestions on what to do, and your return time.
- Trieste: Follow your curiosity through the historic center of one of Italy's most important cities: Its seaside plaza, diverse culture and Gothic architecture have made it a favorite of adventurers and artists for centuries.
- Roman Theatre: Hardly a "ruin" – this second-century relic of the ancient empire includes an auditorium that once housed up to 6,000 people: It's still used for meetings and performances today.
- Shopping, dining, and culture: Modern Trieste is full of quaint cafes and beautiful boutiques – explore the medieval homes of old town, Roman artifacts at the Museum of History and Art, and the largest seaside plaza in Europe.
About This Piran Tour
"In Trieste, anything might be true."
These words come from respected historian and writer Jan Morris, who, unlike any other, spent a great deal of time studying and exploring this exciting corner of Italy. Her words reflect the diverse nature of a city that has been permeated by many different cultures over its thousands of years of history.
It was a colony claimed by Julius Caesar in 177 B.C. and later by the Venetians in the 13th century. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Trieste served as the main commercial port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg dynasty.
All of these historical influences linger today: In the Austrian Quarter, named for its construction during Habsburg rule, buildings were created with the kind of dazzling, intricate facades that callback to the Baroque palaces of Vienna. Trieste's town hall on Unity Plaza is a perfect example: its front exterior is chock-full of arched windows, columns, and stunningly life-like sculptures of mythical figures.
As you might expect of a city with such a diverse history, museums are plentiful. Finding something to see there suits just about everyone. The Natural History Museum explores the geological and zoological history of the region. The Revoltella Museum shows off a fine collection of modern and neo-Renaissance art. And the Railway Museum, a converted rail house, uses full-sized train engines, models, and art to tell the story of Trieste's role as one of the most important ports in 19th century Europe.
When you're (literally) ready to take it all in, climb to the top of the Castle of San Giusto, a 14th century fortress built on a basilica from ancient Rome. For reaching its high point, your reward is a stunning view of the town's sprawling red roofs, framed by the Adriatic sea and the sloped beginnings of the Karst Plateau in the background.
Morris called Trieste a "loitering kind of place." After a few hours, you'll see why luminaries who visited the town, like Sigmund Freud and James Joyce, agreed wholeheartedly.
The universal city
Trieste embodies influence from all over Europe with a varied history of wealth and fame with the Habsburgs, to fascist rule and the Cold War. Its population, architecture and culture are so diverse that in a poll conducted in 1999, 70 percent of Italian citizens didn't even know the city was a part of Italy.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise us at check-out so we can meet you in the lobby.
Shop for local specialties, including food items. Many shops observe a siesta from 1-3:00 pm.
You'll walk for more than a half of a mile and will need to board/exit the transport. Some of the pathways are not paved and uphill. If you have troubles walking, you may find this tour a little too challenging. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Shopping
English, German, Italian
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 all ages.
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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