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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“The magnificent castle of Emperor Maximilan is one of the major sights. It used to be an Imperial residence until the end of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the furniture is still original. The park surrounding the castle used to be one of the most magnificent parks, it is not in the best conditions, now, but still nice for a stroll around and the entrance to the park is free. The view from the castle and also the park is really great. In summer you can go there even by boat and the view from the sea is one of my personal highlights.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Art Museum
“It's a very nice museum that was built by the Baron Revoltella, a very generous patron of the city's cultural life. There is the formerly private palace with all the representative rooms to see and also the modern part with an art collection. In summer there is also a rooftop terrace café with amazing views over the city and the Gulf of Trieste”
  • 38 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Nattural Reserve. A narrow canyon, very impressive with a lot of trails to do. Here you can hike, climb on the rock and even refresh in the small river.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the most prestigious historical cafés. The Viennese style grand café is an ideal place to hang out and have some coffee and cake - or even an aperitivo in a very classy but still relaxed atmosphere. Can be combined with a visit to the impressive Synagogue (the second largest in Europe) that is just around the corner. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A must visit for meat lovers who can take austro-hungarian food. In their own words, A tradition that they “intend to pursue with passion and dedication, as was done in these decades, welcoming anyone, whether from Trieste or not, the Mayor or a student, to experience the essence of Trieste in a friendly environment , lively and with unique flavors.” Insider tip: you can’t book this place, so go early or late if you want to sit outside Via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3 ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Premise
“San Giusto Castle stands on a hill of the same name that overlooks the city. The history of this hill is as long as that of the city itself. It is here that the first fortified settlement was built, the predecessor of Roman Tergeste. In 1382 Trieste, worn out by the constant Venetian reprisals, signed the act of Spontaneous Surrender to Austria, under which the city maintained its independence but was protected by an Imperial Captain, and so it was that in 1468 Frederick III ordered the building, at the citizens' expense, of a Fortress flanked by a tower at the top of the San Giusto hill. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Church
“Also known as Trieste Cathedral, this church is dedicated to Saint Justus and serves as the main church of the city. Originally constructed in 1320, the church features a Romanesque and Gothic design and the front façade has a huge circular window with a beautiful lattice design. Inside, the church features a plethora of decoration and the archways in the main aisle are covered with coloured patterns and ornate sculptures. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Buffet
“Opened before WWII, the family-run Siora Rosa is one Trieste's best-loved traditional buffets (bar-restaurants). Sit outside or in the wonderfully retro interior and tuck into boiled pork, sauerkraut and other Germanic and Hungarian offerings, or opt for something fishy like baccalà (salted cod) with polenta.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Museum
“Personally, I was postponing a visit of the cave - as I thought 'well, it's just a cave' - and I was wrong. It is really impressive - one of the largest empty spaces under earth, this cave merits its name - it is gigantic! A must see! As the entrance fee is relatively high, you might want to get the FVG travel card that allows you to visit all venues of the region, for slightly more than the amount the entrance fee of the Grotta Gigante alone.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“A newly renovated wine distribution warehouse, this gorgeous store and cafe offers wonderful views with a glass wall facing the sea.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“This veritable hall of mirrors (specchi) first opened its doors back in 1839 and has more recently been taken over by the chocolatiering Faggiotto from Pordenone (although the matriarch is a local; in fact, she was Miss Trieste 1982). This is the ultimate Piazza Unità front-row seat, whatever the weather, and the coffee has returned to its once former glory.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Landmark
“Una delle piazze più belle del mondo. Stile austroungarico e affacciata sul mare. Che vosa volete di più? *** One of the most beautiful squares in the world. Austro-Hungarian style and overlooking the sea. What else?”
  • 27 locals recommend
Palace
“Restaurants, bar, cocktail bar, this is the place where to hang out in Trieste! Fantastic in summer time, plenty of young people.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Rest Area
“IT: Il Castello di Duino, di proprietà dei Principi della Torre e Tasso, è stato costruito nel 1300 sulle rovine di un avamposto romano. Dalla sua posizione domina il Golfo di Trieste. EN: The Castle of Duino, owned by the Princes of Torre and Tasso, was built in 1300 on the ruins of a Roman outpost. From its position dominates the Gulf of Trieste. DE: Das Schloss von Duino, im Besitz der Fürsten von Torre und Tasso, wurde im Jahr 1300 auf den Ruinen eines römischen Außenpostens erbaut. Von seiner Lage aus dominiert der Golf von Triest.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
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“Tommaseo coffee is the oldest coffee in Trieste; it dates back to 1825, taking its name from the Paduan owner Tommaso Marcato, but later it was renamed Tommaseo, in honor of the Dalmatian linguist, writer and patriot.Curiosity: Italo Svevo wrote here and the Triestine Claudio Magris created his own masterpiece "Danube" right at the tables of this café”
  • 11 locals recommend
Route
“ Piazza Unità d'Italia (English: Unity of Italy Square) is the main square in Trieste, a seaport city in northeast Italy. Located at the foot of the hill with the castle of San Giusto, the square faces the Adriatic Sea. It is often said to be Europe's largest square located next to the sea. The square was built during the period when Trieste was the most important seaport of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and includes the city's municipal buildings and other important palaces.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“One of the most prestigious historical cafés. The Viennese style grand café is an ideal place to hang out and have some coffee and cake - or even an aperitivo in a very classy but still relaxed atmosphere. Can be combined with a visit to the impressive Synagogue (the second largest in Europe) that is just around the corner. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A must visit for meat lovers who can take austro-hungarian food. In their own words, A tradition that they “intend to pursue with passion and dedication, as was done in these decades, welcoming anyone, whether from Trieste or not, the Mayor or a student, to experience the essence of Trieste in a friendly environment , lively and with unique flavors.” Insider tip: you can’t book this place, so go early or late if you want to sit outside Via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3 ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Buffet
“Opened before WWII, the family-run Siora Rosa is one Trieste's best-loved traditional buffets (bar-restaurants). Sit outside or in the wonderfully retro interior and tuck into boiled pork, sauerkraut and other Germanic and Hungarian offerings, or opt for something fishy like baccalà (salted cod) with polenta.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
“Tommaseo coffee is the oldest coffee in Trieste; it dates back to 1825, taking its name from the Paduan owner Tommaso Marcato, but later it was renamed Tommaseo, in honor of the Dalmatian linguist, writer and patriot.Curiosity: Italo Svevo wrote here and the Triestine Claudio Magris created his own masterpiece "Danube" right at the tables of this café”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Un lounge ,sushi bar e restaurant in Piazza Venezia a due passi da via Torino; la via della "movida triestina".”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Rustic interiors, exposed beams, chandeliers, a fireplace and a garden for the summer time. Boosting over 1000 reviews all 5 stars.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“you should try the seafood risotto! Not the cheapest prices but among the best fish restaurants in Trieste for sure”
  • 13 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Ampia scelta di carni, crudité varie di pesce, primi eccezionali. Se scegliete di andarci chiedete del proprietario Francesco Minucci. Sarà felice di consigliarvi e salutatemelo!”
  • 5 locals recommend

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