North of Portopiccolo, just ten minutes’ drive along the Sistiana Bay, sits Duino.

This sleepy seaside spot makes for a tranquil place to while away a day beside the sea, taking in the view or hiking the beautiful Sentiero Rilke path along the clifftops.

But Duino’s star attraction is the famous Castello di Duino. Perched precariously above the waves below, and with views that stretch far across the bay, this ancient castle has stood here since 1389. Spend an afternoon exploring its ancient architecture, visiting the on-site museum and exploring the eclectic and fascinating collection inside.