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Stunning Trieste, the Underrated Italian Destination

Trieste is the city capital of Friuli Venezia Giullia, an autonomous region in Italy. It is a town in the north-eastern part of the country which used to be a very powerful and influential centre of literature, politics, art, culture, and music under Austrian-Hungarian authority. By the end of the 20th century, this dominion saw its decline and at present, Trieste is often overlooked as a tourist attraction because bigger cities like Milan and Rome are more familiar and prominent. However, for a more adventurous traveller who loves charming almost unheard of destinations in Italy with a serene and stunning atmosphere comparable to Eastern Europe, this is the city you should include in your itinerary.

Get to Know Trieste

For those travelling abound a campervan, it’s best to look for a parking space close to the tourist spots in the city. Like many European tourist spots, you can simply take a stroll around town to see the ancient architecture and other attractions. When you feel tired from all the walking, you can easily stumble upon a coffee shop for a quick snack or a cup of coffee.

Top destinations to visit in Trieste include:

Arco di Riccardo is situated at Piazzetta Barbacan, within the old town’s narrow streets. It is an Augustan gate built within the Roman walls in 33 AD.

Barcola is a paved waterfront walk which extends from the northern part of the city to (a close proximity to) the caste at Miramare. It is a beach where the locals spend their summer holidays.

Città Vecchia is Trieste’s old town with numerous narrow and crooked streets, and medieval homes.

Il Faro della Vittoria or the Victory Lighthouse is an impressive work of Arduino Berlam, a local architect, and sculptor Giovanni Mayer. It is both a commemorative monument dedicated to the fallen of the WWI, and as a navigational tool.

Museo della Comunità Ebraica di Trieste “Carlo e Vera Wagner” houses the Jewish community of Trieste’s collection of ritual art such as fabrics and silverware.

Museo della Risiera di San Sabba is a national monument testament to the only Nazi extermination camp in the country.

Museo di Storia, Arte e Orto Lapidario has collections of artworks, history, and archaeology. There are prehistoric and protohuman findings; medieval and Roman sculptures and epigraphs; Roman, Greek, Egyptian and pre-Roman antiques; book and photography libraries; and numismatic collection.

Museo di Storia Naturale houses zoological, geological, botanical and mineralogical collections. It has a specialised scientific library.

Museo Revoltella was donated to the city by Baron Pasquale Revoltella in 1869. The museum is home to one of Italy’s finest modern and contemporary art collections, and art pieces from the 19th century.

Railway Museum Trieste Campo Marzio is a former rail house which features models, drawings, and full-sized train engines, railcars, and horse-drawn trams from the city’s past.

San Giusto is where a cathedral and castle are situated. Outside the castle’s fortified walls and bastions are the panoramic view of the city, its hilly backdrop, and the ocean. While entry to the cathedral is free of charge, a €1.50 fee provides access to the campanile which shows you an even more stunning view of the city and its surroundings.

The Synagogue in the city is one of Europe’s largest. It was built in 1912 and open to the public on Sundays through a guided tour.

The Austrian Quarter is the part of Trieste that has a large number of Austrian palaces resembling Vienna. The magnificent Piazza Unità is the most iconic of this quarter and it is Europe’s largest seafront square.

While there are so many tourist spots worth seeing in Trieste, there are also so many things to do that you and your family will enjoy – from nature and city walks, to shopping and dining, and other leisure activities. You won’t run out of activities while you are in this city.

Where to camp your motor home

There are many campgrounds in Trieste that provide pitches for campervans. Many of these campsites provide standard facilities such as bathrooms/showers, laundry and kitchen areas, power and water hook-ups, waste water disposal systems, and nearby shops.

Campsites ideal for RV travellers within and nearby Trieste are Camping Sabbiadoro, Camping Mare Pineta, and Camping San Bartolomeo. Make sure to check these campsites online to see their availability.