Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours

Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Piazza Unita D’italia

Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours


Trieste, Italy always seems to be at the crossroads for travelers coming or going from Croatia to Italy and back. But those with more time on their schedule should really spend a little time discovering this wonderful city. There’s a lot to discover and enjoy with the city’s unique landmarks and attractions with only 24 hours to spare.  Most of the attractions are within the center of the historic district, so it is easy to walk to many of the main sites or take public transportation to a few sites that are out of the city center.



Here are some of the highlights in Trieste worth visiting:

1) A walk along the waterfront area of Trieste will allow you to see many of the city’s historic sites, the main piazzas, dining and shopping venues that are close to the bay front.


Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Fountain of the four continents



2) Piazza Unita D’italia is the main plaza or piazza fronting the bay front and the historic center of Trieste. Within this huge square are historic and ornate buildings originally palaces on three sides and a large central sculpture called the fountain of the four continents. It’s a perfect spot for taking a nice break to enjoy the square, take pictures and enjoy some people watching. The buildings now house various government offices,  a visitors center and city hall in the center.


Fountain of the four continents

Historic center of Trieste



3) Cittavecchia or the old quarter is filled with many pedestrian streets and filled with fun shopping and eating venues leading to and from the main Piazza, Unita D’italia.  The wonderful historic quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and beautiful old world architecture is a delight to explore, window shop and photograph the street life.


Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Roman Amphitheater



4) The roman amphitheater and ruins are in the center of town and are well-preserved and worth visiting while in the area. This amphitheater built around the first century was originally close to the water, but with the filling in of land in the bay, the theater is now further back from the waterfront. The roman grounds are closed off, so there is only access to view the  amphitheater from the street level.


Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Canal grande



5) The Canal Grande not far from Piazza Unita D’Italia is a very scenic area with roads lining the canal, filled with restaurants, shops and other beautiful buildings. It’s a great place to stroll, do some people watching or enjoy a drink and dinner at any of the cafes along the canal. Fronting the canal is the church of San Anthonio Nuovo dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, it’s a beautiful basilica built in Neo-Classical style. The interior of the basilica is also worth visiting and filled with many classical details of the period. In front of the basilica is a small and ornate carousel, it’s a sweet and popular hang out spot with locals and their children enjoying their passiagata “evening walk” before the dinner time.


Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Church of San Antonio Nuovo



6) Miramar castle built around 1856 for Hapsburg nobility now houses a historical museum with dramatic and scenic views from the cliffs and seaside. The twenty-two hectare park and castle is open to the public for tours of its ornate interiors. The exterior gardens are free to the public and contain exotic trees and plants, beautiful pathways, follies and scenic garden rooms.

7) James Joyce statue fronting the Canal Grande lived in various areas in Trieste from 1904 – 1920 – it’s easy to find along the walkway and take a nice photo with the author as if you were having a nice conversation while walking down the boulevard.

8) Palazzo Revoltella – a gorgeous baroque palace owned by Baron Revoltella houses an eclectic mix of landscapes, abstracts, portraits and sculpture from the 19th to 20th century. Some of the private rooms are still intact to view including the library,  reception and mirror hall, private bedrooms and other sitting rooms with all its elegant furnishings.

9) Castle of San Giusto – at the top of the hill is the 15th century castle and fortifications. Within the castle is a museum housing some armory collection, period pieces and art including tapestries. The ramparts and grounds are fun to walk through with beautiful vistas below.

Here are some more photo highlights from Trieste:


Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Gorgeous architectural details





Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

A beautiful fountain detail





A lit up ferris wheel at the Canal grande

A lit up ferris wheel at the Canal grande





Trieste, Italy - what to see and do in 24 hours

Evening scene with City Hall


Thanks for stopping by to visit Trieste, and enjoy the local attractions and landmarks of the city. If you enjoyed reading this post on Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours, please do share it with any of the social media buttons below and on the side of the post, thank you!


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16 Responses to Trieste, Italy – what to see and do in 24 hours

  1. Serena March 27, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    Aw, Trieste is such an awesome city!
    I’ve just been there for work so far; but I’d really love to go back and explore it better.
    Piazza Unità d’Italia provides a stunning scenery, with its view right in front of the open sea!

  2. Josie March 26, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    Hi Noel,
    Absolutely love your view of Italian architecture and sculpture. What an enchanting city — despite being a cloudy day. Love the fountain detail which shows the amazing craftsmanship in the figures and scalloped adornments.
    Wishing you safe and happy travels,

  3. Michele Peterson March 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I’d planned to skip over Trieste on an upcoming visit but will honestly have to think twice after seeing your photos. I had no idea there were canals and that photo of The Canal Grande near Piazza Unita D’Italia makes it look gorgeous and very uncrowded.

  4. Irene S Levine March 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Italy is filled with so many wonderful cities that it’s hard to reach them all. So lucky that you’ve explored another on your list!

  5. Anna Parker March 25, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I am continually impressed with how much there is to see in Italy, but off the beaten track, another great example and no doubt significantly cheaper and less touristy than Rome etc (although off to venice for the first time next week!!)

    • Noel March 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      yes definitely more affordable and not as touristy…btw I just completed a whole series on Venice you should check it out!

  6. Marilyn Jones March 25, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Your photos are always so glorious!

  7. Doreen Pendgracs March 25, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Lovely photography, Noel! I’ve never heard of Trieste before, but your images certainly make me want to go there.

  8. Michelle March 25, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Your photos are amazing. I love them all. I will be visiting Italy foor the first time in 25 days. I can’t wait – especially after reading your post!

  9. Sand In My Suitcase March 25, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Gorgeous photos – as usual :-). Love to see the gardens at Miramar Castle. Actually, love to see all of Trieste!

  10. Patti Morrow March 25, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Trieste, Italy is very enticing. The area around the Canal Grande and the Roman Amphitheater are definitely places I’d like to visit.

  11. exploramum March 25, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    EXCELLENT – off to Italy on our world trip soon so this is a good read – thanks for sharing!

  12. Kathryn March 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Thank you for introducing me to this enchanting town. Piazza Unita D’italia looks wonderful, especially the facade shown in the third picture – stunning! I’ve yet to visit this area but hope to soon.

  13. Chris Boothman March 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Really enjoy reading these types of posts where you can “Explore a city in 24 hours”! Possibly because we tend to stay in locations for a short time or maybe because I like to cram things in and see as much as possible whenever I am there.

    Anyway, I love how you have taken us into Trieste purely through your pictures. No disrespect but I think I was so taken in by your images that I failed to read the words within your post the first time I looked over this – kudos to you for taking such high quality images.

  14. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I have been to Italy many times, but never Trieste. It looks beautiful, particularly in the Canal Grande area which looks like it has quite an atmosphere on an evening.

  15. Istria Outside My Window March 24, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    An underrated city which I have a soft spot for. Thanks for this excellent round-up of things to see. Will check out some of these during my next trip!

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