Trieste & Venice

Arriving in Venice, perhaps by sea, or in Trieste just a few minutes away by car: two marvellous cities that can be reached from a single place, Portopiccolo.

Trieste with its Neo-classical and Liberty architecture combines harmoniously Roman vestiges and Hapsburg style buildings from the 1700’s. With its unique atmosphere and its equally extraordinary mix of cultures, it is one of Europe’s principal art cities. The rich Triestine cultural life offers emotions and appointments every day that are not to be missed: from art exhibits to the symphonic-opera seasons of the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre, to shows of prose, dance and music at the Rossetti Theatre. 

Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba were born here, two protagonists of Italian literature, as well as James Joyce, who lived here for many years, where he conceived his masterpiece “Ulysses”.

This is border country, with an eye on the Adriatic Sea and the other on the harsh Carsican promontory that hosts Trieste. Surrounding by the scents of the Mediterranean scrub, it is even more luminous and shining when the air is rendered terse by the Bora wind.

Mitteleuropa is coloured blue – There is a special air here, in the furthest Eastern corner of the Upper Adriatic. Here, in the bluest of Mitteleuropean cities, where great writers like James Joyce, Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba found their inspiration. Trieste, a city that embraces the sea, or better, that welcomes the sea home. Beginning with Piazza dell'Unità, among the most evocative and largest squares in the world that face out onto salt water.

A question of style – architecturally speaking. Because the palazzi of Trieste speak the Neo-classical, Liberty, Baroque and eclectic languages. And they live together harmoniously with Rome ruins and Hapsburg buildings from the 1700’s.

The faith of faiths – The combination of religions is palpable for anyone arriving in town, where for centuries, among others, the Greek Orthodox church, the Serbian Orthodox church, the Jewish Synagogue, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Helvetian Church, the oldest in the city, have lived together.

Some recommendations from the concierge of the Falisia Resort & Spa:


• Dobner 
• Torbandena 
• Serli 
• Pasticceria La Bomboniera 
• Penso 
• Gelateria Zampolli (in via Ghega) 
• Sant’Honoré (a Opicina) 
• Stazione Rogers Bar

• Caffè degli Specchi 
• Caffè Tommaseo
• Caffè San Marco
• Caffè Urbanis 

• Suban 
• Al Bagatto 
• Harry’s Grill al Duchi D’Aosta 
• Il Bragozzo 
• Skabar 
• Tavernetta al Molo (a Grignano) 

• Buffet Pepi

Aroma of coffee – The Triestines have a true passion for coffee, and there are many different rites to taste it. This is an ancient passion: enter into the elegant historic cafes, where the literary ferment of older days still echoes.

To the “baths”! – People in Trieste take advantage of any occasion to experience their sea, and they inhabit the Riviera and the beach establishments – called “baths” in local slang – throughout the year to catch some rays, dive into the sea, or enjoy a simple walk.

Slavic and Germanic notes. Tasty!

From the typical osmizza, where one can drink Terrano and Vitovska wine, to the desserts of Slavic or Germanic origin, passing by soups, such as jota, to arrive at the flavours of the sea: the cuisine of Trieste and the Carso region is waiting to be discovered!

The surrounding area – The coastal area of the white cliffs, with its little bays and trails filled with the scents of the Mediterranean scrub. The castles of Miramare and Duino, that face out directly onto the sea. The Carsican promontory, with its unmistakable colours, traditions and flavours, as well as special natural aspects, among which the Giant Grotto, the largest tourist cave in the world. Then, the nature preserves, such as the Miramare Marine Preserve, the Duino Riviera cliffs, the Nature Preserve of the Val Rosandra and that of Mounts Lanaro and Orsario. And the picturesque Istro-Venetian town of Muggia, with its many historical and culinary treasures.