Summer has arrived finally and we decided to combine hiking with swimming in the sea and enjoying time on the beach. We chose easy walk near Trieste, located in Muggia area, involves visiting Muggia sandy beach, lunch in good (and not expensive!) fish restaurant and coming back to Trieste by ferry.
7 -8 hours
- Sun-protection cream
The route doesn’t require hiking shoes. Footwear should be comfortable, flat sandals for instance, but not flip flops.
On the way you will find good (and not expensive!) fish restaurant, but if you prefer to take a bag lunch, you can do small picnic on the beach. We always take some nuts, dry fruits, apricots. In case if the restaurant is closed we will not be starved 🙂
- Download the map of Italy. I always recommend application Mapy.cz. It contains a lot of hiking routes and has nice design.
- Buy bus tickets. You can find them in Tabaccheria, newsstand or bar.
- from Railway station (it. Stazione ferroviaria) or from piazza Oberdan which is located in the center of the city.
- Departute point is Bersaglieri pier. The schedule and prices you can find on the official website: Line Trieste – Muggia.
We chose the bus to reach Muggia and the ferry to come back to Trieste.
Muggia – Archeological park – Osteria Belvedere
From Muggia bus stop we go towards hiking path Salita Ubaldini (see the map). Path is marked by hiking trail signs: just follow them.
On the both sides of the path we were meeting beautiful private houses with open terraces surrounded by gardens.
It is worth mentioning that initial part of the path gradually ascends, and it is not easy to climb in the thirty–degree heat, but this part is not long. Soon we discovered small church – Chiesa di San Sebastiano – and a bench near it located in the shadow. Perfect place to have a rest and drink water 🙂
The church itself is nice and simple. It worth to enter inside.
Continuing on, we reached Archeological park of old Muggia that occupies an area of 26 000 sq. meters and is almost 3 000 years old. Unfortunately, the park wasn’t maintained properly for years. Many areas are abandoned; views on landscapes are closed by natural vegetation. Probably the situation will improve by virtue of recently elaborated the environmental-landscape project.
But I have to say that in existed state the Park has its particular charm and offers nice views 🙂
There is also church on the territory of the Park – Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, some building of which were built in 11th century. The church is famous for its frescoes dated 13th century.
There is fountain with potable water near the church, where you can refill your bottles and refresh a bit.
Having gone a bit ahead, by the street Vivoda, we get to one of our favorite restaurant – Osteria Belvedere (Via Vivoda, 2, Muggia). It is famous for its fish dishes and spectacular view from terrace. If you are lucky with a table, you will have delicious lunch / dinner with a view over gulf di Trieste 🙂
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make good photo, but you can visit Osteria Belvedere website to appreciate the terrace and the view.
As in many of Italian restaurants, the kitchen of Osteria has its own schedule: it is opened from 12.00 till 14.00 and from 19.00 till 22.00.
This time we completely forgot about it and came 5 minutes after kitchen had been closed 🙁 So, we had to miss the lunch 🙁 But here you can read some notes about Osteria, made from our previous visits. I wish you to be more lucky; this place worth a visit 🙂
Osteria Belvedere -Muggia Beach
Having greeted Osteria, without having lunch 🙂 we continue our walk towards to the beach. I indicated on the map the route that passes through Strada per Fontanella and Localita Lazzaretto.
The beach is small and not fancy, but it is sandy and has comfortable entrance to the sea. Anyway, it’s so nice finally to take a dip in the sea after long way under the sun 🙂
You can make a small picnic here, as we did this time.
I also liked this beach because there are many fanciful seashells. I gathered some to use after for home decoration 🙂
Muggia Beach – Trieste
Finally, we are coming back to Trieste 🙂 but first we need to reach Muggia port.
We chose the route passing through Traversata Muggesana (see the map above), because it goes through the forest that covers you in shadow. Here, we also met funny gymnastic apparatuses, like this one.
It will take about 1 – 1,5 hrs. to reach the Port from the beach, so plan your way back accordingly not to miss the ferry 🙂
The way back from Muggia to Trieste by ferry is nice and relaxing: light breeze, view over small yachts and evening caressing sun.
Even this huge cargo boat fits harmoniously into seascape 🙂