Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Trieste
If you are planning to visit the beautiful city of Trieste, you are in the right place. In this article, you will find all the tips & info you need to know before starting planning your next dream vacation to Trieste.
Is it worth visiting Trieste in Italy?
Trieste is a beautiful city with a stunning Adriatic view to enjoy, from the main square Piazza Unita' d'Italia, from the top of the hill at San Giusto Castle or from the long promenade called Barcola.
Trieste will surprise you with its intense Bora wind, which can sweep you from your feet and make you fly like Mary Poppins.
In Trieste, you will find delicious and fresh fish but also the local cuisine, made of Austro-Hungarian recipes. Trieste is this, and much more, to the traveller open to exploring and learning everything about it.
Obviously, I am biased about Trieste, because it is my hometown. But if you don't believe me, you just need to check out my "The most complete guide of Trieste" to see that what I say is true.
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Italy is in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
During summer, Italy observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). In winter the time in Italy is moved back by 1 hour to Central European Time.
These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.
The official currency of Italy is the euro, even though the country is still somewhat a cash-based economy. You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Italy that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change.
You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Italy and make sure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. Just make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.
Voltage and Adaptors:
The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties. I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor to use other appliances.
Going from the Airport to your accommodation
I think it is always wise to check how to go from the Airport to your accommodation.
To reach Trieste from Ronchi Dei Legionari Airport, you can choose many different types of transport:
Line E 51 goes from Udine to Trieste and will take you to the Stazione Centrale dei treni (Train central station Trieste) in less than 1 hour.
The cost is between 5-7 Euro.
You can buy the bus ticket at the tourist office or at the ticket machine inside the airport. Make sure to catch the bus going to Trieste and not Udine.
There are almost three trains per hour (it depends on the time of the day), and you will get to Trieste Stazione Centrale dei treni (Trieste train station) in around 30 minutes. The train station is inside the airport, just follow the "train" sign.
The cost is between 2-6 Euro. Check out prices and availability here on Omio.
I always think is better to book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save your time and energy.
By Airport Transfer
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Moving around Trieste
There are many ways to visit Trieste and explore this beautiful city.
I recommend checking my article on "The Most Complete Guide of where to stay in Trieste" and booking a room in the city centre so you won't need to catch a bus or hire a taxi.
But in case you want to go a little bit further and explore what the surrounding areas have to offer, here is a little guide on how to move while exploring Trieste:
Trieste has a dense bus network that is well connected in every ward.
To check the price of every ticket, have a look at the Trieste Trasporti Website. There are many good options for tourists. You can buy bus tickets in every "Tabaccheria or edicola"(where they sell newspapers and tobacco).
In some cases, you will see a ticket machine next to the bus stop, or you can download the app Cicero here, and buy your tickets every time you decide to catch a bus.
Metered kilometre rate. The first click of the taximeter device is valid for the first 83.3 meters: € 3.50
For each subsequent 83.3 meters: € 0.10 It is pretty affordable, and if case you cannot find one straight away, call them at Trieste Radio Taxi (0039-30-77-30), and someone will come to pick you up, or they will tell you where to find the closest one.
Il Delfino Verde. There is a lovely way to visit the charming sea village of Muggia or get to Barcola, Grignano, and Sistiana for a swim or just a walk along the waterfront.
The cost for a one-way ticket is 4.45 Euro, return ticket is 8.35 Euro.
Rent a Car
If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car, and in this case, I always have a look at my favourite rental car websites, and I see where I find the best deals. Have a look at them here:
DiscoverCars: Discover is a Skyscanner, but for rental cars. And since you're comparing lots of different companies, you also get to choose from many other vehicles.
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Is tap water and food safe in Trieste?
It’s safe to drink water in Trieste from taps, mainly because the water comes from the Alps, so it is very pure and tasty. You can also drink it from drinking fountains that you will find around the city.
I always carry with me reusable bottles so I can fill them up anytime I have the chance.
If you are not sure, it’s always safe to ask locals or, in doubt, just drink bottled water.
About food, honestly, Trieste has so much to offer that the only problem you will have is that your stomach is not big enough to eat everything you wish.
That's why I always carry with me some Natures Aid DigestEeze Milk Thistle, just in case I overeat because, as my mom always says "I eat with my eyes and not with my mouth".
Unfortunately, bad luck happens everywhere, sometimes is not the food but just our stomach that needs to get used to the new cuisine (and let's be honest, we all eat and drink more than usual when on holiday) take some of these natural remedies below with you in case you will have stomach upset or food poisoning.
My favourite Natural Remedies for stomach upset or food poisoning:
Milk Thistle: is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence in food and drink, such as indigestion and upset stomach. Milk Thistle is a great natural remedy to always have with you when you travel.
Obviously, ask your doctor first if you can take them in case they are not good for you.
Charcoal capsules: recent studies prove that charcoal can be a good help in case you eat something that was not good and it can prevent you from having diarrhoea.
Probiotics: These are a wonderful help while having food poisoning. Take as soon as you start to have symptoms and also after, for a couple of days at least. My doctor advises me to start taking them some days before my travel, as a prevention, in case I am going to visit a country where water and food can be easily contaminated.
Eating and Drinking Out
In Trieste, you will find a wide variety of food from meat to fish. You won't find only the typical Italian cuisine because every city and region has different dishes to try and love.
So check out my article "The Most Complete Guide of What to Eat and Drink in Trieste".
In there you will find everything you need to know about the delicious typical cuisine.
Prices may vary from bar to restaurant also from where the place is located if near a famous and tourist spot or a bit further but these are the approximate prices for the most common foods and drinks in Italy:
Bottle 1.5 L water: around 0.40-0.50 Euro
Imported Beer 0.33 L: approximately 1.50 Euro
Bottle of Wine: 5-10 Euro
At a Bar:
Coffee-latte: 1.50 Euro
A glass of 0.5 L Beer: around 1.50-2.00 Euro
A bottle of wine: 12-20 Euro
Coke in a Can: Around 2.00-2.50 Euro
A glass of Wine: Around 3.50-6.00 Euro
At a Restaurant:
Restaurant on a budget per person: Around 15 Euro
Restaurant medium-range per person: Around 30-40 Euro
Fine dining Restaurant per person: From 80 Euro
A gratuity of 10-20% in Italian