16 Unmissable places to see in Trieste

Trieste has a charming mix of classical buildings and Piazzas, remarkable seaside scenes and fascinating museums that make it a premier traveller destination in the northeast of Italy. Here you will find all the most famous Trieste attractions, all the things to do in Trieste and obviously, all the most beautiful things to see in Trieste.

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What is Trieste famous for?

Trieste is famous for many reasons but the most famous one is the cold and very strong Bora wind, that blows on the north Adriatic Sea coast, which can overpass to 180 km/h.

People who grow up in Trieste don't have any issue with walking with this strong wind blowing, but tourists find it very difficult and scary.

Is Trieste worth a visit?

Absolutely yes! Trieste is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer.

From stunning buildings, the biggest square on the sea in Europe, the wonderful gulf that provides breathtaking views and don't forget the delicious food that Trieste provides, from fish to meat, there is something for every taste.

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Walking distant from each other and in the city centre of Trieste:

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1. Piazza Unita' d'Italia:

This enormous square is in the historic old town and stands towards the Adriatic Sea. Due to its extensive size, the Piazza Unita d'Italia is the largest square located near the sea in Europe.

Numerous prestigious and well-known buildings line the square, including the Palazzo del Governo, the Town Hall, the Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino, and the Palazzo Pitteri. Each of them stars beautiful architecture and beautiful design.

There are also numerous essential columns and statues situated in the square, particularly the two iron sculptured columns that enclose the opening of the Piazza at sea.

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2. Grand Canal:

Not far from the Piazza Unita, the Grand Canal is a little waterway that has been since the 1700s, and it used to let boats straight passage into the city.

The canal goes from the Riva Tre Novembre to the Via S. Spiridione and ends at the Piazza Sant’Antonio Nuovo and the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Taumaturgo.

This delightful waterway is crossed by three bridges and has a few little boats on each side.

There are some buildings on each side of the canal, including the Palazzo Carciotti and the Palazzo Gopcevich and some bars and restaurants with an outdoor eating area, perfect to have a sunny lunch enjoying the view.

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3. Castle of San Giusto:

At its entrance, you can see the real statues of "Mikeze and Jakeze", the two automata that indicate the hours on the bell tower of the Trieste Town Hall.

With its strategic location on top of the hill behind the Piazza Unita' d'Italia, the fortifications offer astonishing views over the city and the Gulf of Trieste.

In the museum, housed in the Captain's House, guests can appreciate the Late Gothic San Giorgio Chapel and Giuseppe Caprin's sumptuous Sala Veneta.

It also includes a rich collection of weapons dating from the twelfth century to the nineteenth.

The Lalio Bastion houses the Lapidario Tergestino, including around 130 inscriptions, bas-reliefs, and sculptures that have served to restore the history and character of Roman Tergeste.

Price: 5 Euro.

Opening Times: every day, 10 am-7 pm.

Address: P.za della Cattedrale, 3, 34131 Trieste TS, Italy

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4. San Giusto Cathedral:

At the centre of the antique Roman city of Trieste (the first pre-Roman name was Tergeste) in Northern Italy, the main church is a Roman Catholic cathedral devoted to Saint Justus.

Rising on a hill of the same name, the architecturally significant San Giusto Cathedral was built near the Castello di San Giusto in the 1300s and is the seat of the Bishop of Trieste.

Price: free


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5. The Museo del Mare:

The Gulf of Trieste has been a vast commercial shipping port for hundreds of years and the sight of many naval conflicts throughout history.

The Museo del Mare provides information and fascinating displays about the port and naval history operations.

Inside, there are ships model, many parts of different vessels, and many pieces of equipment salvaged from historical boats.

The Museo Del Mare is a magnificent place to visit at the Harbor if you want to learn the history of Trieste.

Price: 5 euros

Opening Time: only from Fry-Sun from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Address: Magazzino 26, P. Franco Vecchio, 34135 Trieste TS, Italy

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6. Molo Audace:

The Molo Audace is located on the banks of Trieste, in the centre of the city, near to Piazza Unità d'Italia. The name "Molo Audace" was given after the first boat that entered the port of Trieste after the First World War.

From it, you can take amazing pictures of the Piazza Unita' d'Italia, locals and tourists walk there to enjoy the view, relax and have some lunch (bring your food). It is also the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic sunset.

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7. Piazza della Borsa:

Next to Piazza Unita Italia, Piazza Della Borsa is another exciting place where locals meet up to enjoy an aperitivo or do some shopping.

This little square served as the city's economic centre in the 1900s, and the chamber of commerce building is positioned on its side and highlights a grand columned entrance with an ornate marble pediment.

16 Unmissable places to see in Trieste

In the middle of the square, there is a decorative statue of the Sea God Neptune. You can find some markets and small fairs here, and it is an excellent place for shopping before enjoying a spritz.

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8. The Roman Theatre:

It is located at the bottom of San Giusto's hill, whose inclination gave a natural setting for the amphitheatre. At first, it doesn't appear so large, but it looks pretty significant when you get on top.

The theatre once had a fixed complex proscenium with elaborate statues and openings which looked out on the sea. Yes, in Roman times, the sea reached inland as far as the Teatro Romano.

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9. Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spiridione:

Trieste is home to one of the largest Jewish Synagogues in Europe, a Lutheran Church, a Greek Orthodox Church, and the Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spyridon or "San Spiridione".

The Orthodox community in Trieste was established in 1748, but it wasn't until 1751 when Empress Maria Theresa allowed free practice of religion for Orthodox Christians.

This church is worth a visit for not only the exterior but also its interior design.

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Saint Antonio's church in Ponterosso, Trieste

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16 Unmissable places to see in Trieste

10. Walking along the waterfront of the city:

If you walk from Piazza Unita' d'Italia toward the north to the end of the port, you will find perfect picture spots.

That walk will relax you, looking at the stylish buildings on one side and the sea on the other. It is a perfect walk to do at the sunset when the sky gets thousands of different shades of pink and red.


That walk is something you will remember for sure.

Check out the organised Tour Guides if you prefer to walk around the city centre with a tourist guide.

If you don't have too much time or don't want to walk too much, there is the Hop-on Hop-off Tour, that will take you to the best places in Trieste.

Places not in the city centre

so you will need to move by bus or by car

11. Barcola:

Barcola is a seashore neighbourhood of Trieste. It is a favourite local place with its long promenade walkway, near to the Habsburg-established Miramare Castle.

Barcola is highly considered for its free access to the sea. If visiting during the warmer season, it is full of locals spending the day swimming and relaxing.

How to get there:

Easy to reach by bus n.6 that leaves from Piazza Oberdan. One way ticket is 2 euro.

When you get there, I advise you to walk all along the seashore, the view is charming, and at the end of it, you will get to Miramare Castle, which is worth a visit for its beauty.