Some of my friends asked me why I write only about hiking routes near Trieste and nothing about walks in the city. I decided to correct this mistake 🙂 As it is written a lot about main Trieste sights, I decided to organize a walk that passes through some hidden places of our city to show Trieste through the eyes of people who live here. Certainly, the route will include some well-known places that we, as inhabitants, like to visit again and again 🙂
Our walk will be leisurely, including obligatory stop for coffee 🙂 , having rest near the sea and wandering through narrow and desert streets.
- Something for snack: nuts, apples, chocolate
The Evangelical Lutheran Church – Caffè in Canale Grande
The good initial point of knowing Trieste will be The Evangelical Lutheran Church, (Largo O. Panfili 1, point 1 on the map). It is a beautiful building of Neo – Gothic style, built in the 18th century, during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Every time on the way to central station, we pass through this church to admire its beauty. The church is also an example of wealth of architecture styles presented in Trieste.
A note for those who would like to see the church inside. Opening hours for visit: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 16.30 till 19:30.
After seeing The Evangelical Church, we are moving in the direction of Canal Grande (eng. Grand Canal). Here I recommend you to make coffee break. The place is ideal for this purpose: beautiful architecture, small boats and light see breeze 🙂
There are many bars located along the Canal. We chose the one called “040” (point 2 on the map). Nice place with wooden tables, good view and sunshades. Fresh-brewed coffee is also good 🙂
By the way, in Trieste special coffee terminology exists. You can read this quick guide to order exactly the drink you want 🙂
Next to this bar there is another one – Caffè Rossini. This bar is interesting due to its floating terrace. I think it’s very nice to have evening aperitivo there 🙂
Molo Audace – Molo dei Bersaglieri: two interesting Trieste piers
Having drunk a cup of coffee we continue our walk passing along Canale Grande and crossing the street Riva Tre November to approach the sea. Both locals and tourists love to walk here.
Exactly here, along the quay, you will find two fountains with potable water: the first one is at the beginning of the quay.
There are two piers I’d like to tell about. The first one is very famous – Molo Audace, named as a tribute of the Italian warship first entered to Trieste port at the end of the World War I. The pier is very popular and usually full of people, who like to sit here, watch the sunset, eat pizza, play guitar and sing the songs 🙂 It is windy on the pier and it’s pleasant to spend hot summer evening there 🙂
The evening view over the piazza Unità from the pier is never get bored .
I personally don’t really like the pier Molo Audace, preferring to visit the next one – Molo dei Bersaglieri (point 3 on the map). It is much more quite, a bit hidden from the main road. There are almost never tourists. In most cases, walking through Trieste, we go to Molo dei Bersaglieri to hide from everybody, sit near the sea and enjoy the silence.
Molo dei Bersaglieri is ideal place for the rest and having a bag lunch. In the evening, you can also organize romantic dinner with a bottle of wine 🙂 Sunset from there is also good to watch 🙂
Through narrow streets to Arco di Riccardo
But first – gelato break 🙂
Walking this route last time we discovered gelateria “Natura gelato” (Piazza Attilio Hortis, 6/A, point 1 on the map). I was a bit skeptical about this ice-cream shop, but have to prove their ice cream (it. gelato) is really tasty. My personal recommendation to try Lemon with basil – ideal for summer days 🙂
Following the route, we find ourselves on a quiet street, via delle Mura, which leads to piazza Barbacan and Arco di Riccardo. According to some sources, the Arch was built in the 1st century BC – it is one of the Trieste architecture monument belongs to the times of Ancient Rome.
Piazza Barbacan is quiet place, but in the evening, it is meeting point for locals to chat and drink a glass of wine 🙂
Ancient aura of San Giusto and amazing view over Trieste
Leaving Piazza Barbacan we are again on a narrow street. I like a lot this way to San Giusto Castle, as exactly here you can feel fascinating atmosphere of the old city. Unfortunately, advances of civilization, such as cars, destroy a bit this special aura 🙁
Finally we reach San Giusto Castle 🙂 This complex that includes the Cathedral, the Castle and the ruins of the Roman basilica, is very interesting and certainly is “must visit” place for every tourists. But even living in Trieste we like to come back here from time to time due to its ancient aura and amazing views over Trieste.
- You can see them through the lattice, built-in the bell tower of the Cathedral. Based on some sources it is the single Roman propylaeum preserved in Europe.
- I strongly recommend you to rise up on the bastion (Bastione Rotondo). It is one of the best observation platforms with views over Trieste.
- to feel yourself in the times of Ancient Rome.
There is a fountain with potable water on the complex territory where you can refill your bottles or wash the fruits 🙂 You will find it right near the ruins of Roman basilica.
Descent to Teatro Romano
To finish our today walk we decided by visiting Teatro Romano (built at the 1st century B.C.), descending again through small and empty streets. The Theatre was lost for a long time and was discovered again only in year 1938.
Teatro Romano is still “alive”: in summertime, different concerts are held here.
Certainly our walk through Trieste doesn’t include all interesting points of the city; otherwise it will too long 🙂 This is one of our favorite Trieste walk that I hope you will find interesting. In case of any questions, just contact me through the Contact page or write a Comment. It will be my pleasure to answer 🙂
And if you would like to visit other places of Trieste, I advise you to walk through this city route – Trieste: discovering new places.