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Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

1. Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Discover the sights of Trieste in comfort aboard an air-conditioned bus equipped with audio guides synchronized with the route to provide information about all the attractions you will see. Climb aboard at the Molo Audace pier, and then sit back and relax as you travel around the historic city center. You can hop on and off the bus at any stop and take the next one if there is a seat. The ticket is valid for 24 hours, the seat is guaranteed only for the course you have booked. Route: • Molo Audace • Mandracchio Shore: Unità d'Italia Square • Nazario Sauro Shore: Salone degli Incanti - Eataly    • Ottaviano Augusto Street: Lighthouse and La Lanterna Baths -  Campo Marzio Station • Campo Marzio Street: Sea Museum • Grumula Shore - Venezia Square   • Teatro Romano Street: Santa Maria Maggiore Church -  Roman Theater • Saint Spiridione Street: Maria Teresia - Orthodox Serbian Temple of Saint Spiridione - Saint Antonio Square - Church of Sant'Antonio Nuovo • Roma Street: Vittorio Veneto Square - Grande Canal - Ponterosso Square • Italia Boulevard: Borsa Square  • Saint Giusto Hill: San Giusto Castle and Church  • Goldoni Square   • Carducci Boulevard  • Oberdan Square: Tram Station • Libertà Square: Train Station • Miramare Boulevard: Old Port • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola - Barcola Pine Forest    • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola Crossroads - Miramare Castle • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola Seafront -Topolini Baths   • Libertà Square- Train Station • Tre Novembre Shore: Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicolò • Molo Audace

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Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

2. Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Experience the history and beauty of Miramare Castle - all without waiting in line. Visit this 19th century sea shore castle, surrounded by a large and picturesque park. The landscaped grounds feature plants chosen from all over the world. Enjoy taking in the outstanding architecture perched above the sea. Take advantage of access to the museum, stables and Castelletto, as well as walking in the extensive grounds. Discover the 19th century furnishing and decorations inside the castle, many of which have been preserved to the present day.

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From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

3. From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

Depart Trieste and journey to the capital of Slovenia to take a guided tour of Ljubljana. Learn more about its cultural, economic and political history as you explore the ancient and modern architecture of the old town center. Discover monuments by the architect Jože Plečnik and hear how he played an important part in Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. Admire attractions such as the Town Hall, stone lamps of the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge that connects 2 parts of the city's medieval heart. Marvel at Ljubljana Cathedral, the Baroque Robba Fountain and buildings of the central Prešeren Square.  Continue to the Alpine town of Bled and get back to nature on the lake that surrounds Bled Island. See the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and go for a walk around the lake. Gaze in awe at Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the lake, and enjoy a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called kremšnita.

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Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Take in the major attractions of Trieste on a 2-hour guided walking tour. As this is a private tour it can be adapted to your interests. See the Audace Pier, built in the 18th century and Piazza Unità d'Italia, a unique and spacious market by the sea. Admire the neoclassical architecture of the Stock Market. See the Grand Canal, originally the main river canal for the salt pans. In the 19th century, the Ponte Rosso was built and the area became known for its marketplace. At the Market of St. Anthony, the guide will explain the cultural and religious diversity of Trieste. Visit a Roman theater at the foot of the Hill of St. Giusto. See the Baroque Church of St. Mary, built by Jesuits.

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From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

5. From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Postojna Cave, the queen of all caves, is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst (limestone) monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you get to meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant – the proteus (olm) – up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features, as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors (more than 36 million of them in over 200 years). The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious, and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best-known and most notorious owner – Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year. Let your guide take you through these unforgettable sights for an ideal day excursion! 

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Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

6. Trieste: Skip-the-Line Miramare Castle & Private Transfer

Book this comfortable private transfer to be taken straight from the Trieste train station to Castello di Miramare. Once you get there, your private driver will provide you with skip-the-line tickets to visit this beautiful castle. You'll then be free to start the visit by yourself, following the signs inside the castle and deciding what you prefer to see and how much time to dedicate to each room. You might want to dedicate a bit more time for the beautiful Maximilian's Rooms, particularly the bedroom, furnished as a ship's cabin, as well as the "Throne Room". Built between 1856 and 1860 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria, later Emperor of Mexico, the building is strongly influenced by a Romantic taste, as a revisited construction of a medieval fortress. Don't forget to take a look at the large park (over 22 hectares) surrounding the castle, an English-style and Italian-style garden, rich in rare plants, sculptures, and ponds, with wide steps that descend towards the sea.  After your 1.5-hour visit, your driver will take you back to the train station.

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Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

7. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

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Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

8. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

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Trieste: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

9. Trieste: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Trieste. This place is - strangely - still quite "ignored" by most of the touristic flows, but it represents a real gem of Italy, although geographically isolated from the rest of Italy. During this tour you will breath the authentic atmosphere of the city, while you walk along its ancient streets, alleys and historical buildings. The tour will "touch" some of the most important spots of the ancient Trieste, like the main square (Piazza Cavana), the Cathedral of San Giusto, the Castle of San Giusto, the Roman Theater, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Church of San Silvestro, the "Borgo Teresiano" and the Grand Canal. During your walk, especially when you're near Piazza Cavana, don't forget to take a look at the beautiful historical buildings all around you, from the fruit markets to the craft fairs. From a few panoramic spots, you'll also have the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of the city, the harbor and the sea. Oh, and don't forget to bring your camera along!

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Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 447 reviews

Beautiful experience in a fairytale place! Our guide Dejan was very professional and helpful, making us discover the wonders of Lake Bled and the treasures of Ljubljana. He also advised us where to eat a great Kremšnita and a great Goulasch. Finally, we also found time to take a stroll in the town of Radovljica, which we loved very much. In short, Slovenia has just exceeded our expectations! Super recommended!

Trouble-free check-in with a printed voucher. Nice castle. We went there on the HOPTour and got back on it 2 hours later. It worked out wonderfully. That was almost too scarce for the garden. Next time we'll take the bus 4 hours later. The café in front of the castle is also very nice. Clear recommendation for Habsburg and garden fans.

Miramare Castle is beautifully situated. You can very well imagine how you lived with Emperor Maximilian, since the old original furnishings have been preserved. The castle, located on a promontory above the Mediterranean, can be compared well with the castles on the Loire and in Bavaria.

We had a good time, very friendly and helpful staff, clean van, clear directions, respected timetables. We got off at Miramare, they reserved the place for us to return.

The castle is beautiful, and there is so much to see. Very large well-kept park there is a bar and even a small ice cream parlor. Well organized.