Trieste – A true gem
Sometimes known as “Vienna by the Sea” Trieste is a truly unique city and a fascinating place to visit and not a typical Italian city as you may expect. Located in north east Italy, next to Slovenia, it originally flourished as part of Austria, when it was considered the one of the most prosperous Mediterranean seaports, as well as a capital of literature and music. It is now an ethnic mix of its neighbours; Venice, Austria & Slovenia and offers a spectacular range of sights, castles and museums as well as easy access to Udine and Muggia. For a small area the amount of top class art, artefacts and history is quite phenomenal. A must for lovers of art and culture.
The Urban Hotel Design
A modern hotel with a contemporary interior design located in the heart of the city near to the Piazza Unità. Perfect for exploring the museums and points of interest in the city. Each of the stylish rooms are en suite and the rooms are well equipped. With so many fantastic restaurants in the area we suggest bed & breakfast basis but group dinners can be arranged.
Day 1 – Depart London on our flight to Italy. We will be met by our transfer assistant for our coach transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 – Full day excursion of Trieste with a local guide. Morning walking tour to include highlights such as the Churches of St Nicoli & St Antonio, the Roman amphitheatre, the canal, the Jewish quarter and learn about the famous James Joyce. After lunch lunch (not included) we board the coach to visit Castello di Duino and San Giusto Castle & Cathedral.
Day 3 – Full day guided coach excursion to Aquileia & Udine. Aquileia was founded in 181BC to be a base for Roman power in this part of Europe. The town, strategically located for military and trading purposes, grew to be one of the most important cities in Roman Italy, and now a must for those who love history. There is a lot to see in Aquileia including two museums, archaeological sites and a famous mosaic in the basilica. Udine is a lesser known town with much to see. The grand medieval centre is full of Venetian arches, Grecian statues and Roman columns. The old town is pristine and lively with a cosmopolitan feel and plenty of eateries and a handful of excellent museums. This was the second home of Tiepolo and there’s a number of his works spread over the city, which you’ll often get to see without hordes of tourists.
Day 4 – This morning visit the Civico Museo Sartorio. Housed in the 18th C villa that belonged to the Sartorio family, this lovely museum showcases a rich display of art, ceramics, prints, silverware and furniture collection from ancient to 20th C as well as an important collection of Tiepolo drawings. Another highlight is the Triptych of Santa Chiara, a masterpiece from 14th C art in Trieste. This afternoon take the boat to Muggia. With a charming Venetian atmosphere, small squares and a picturesque harbour it’s another lesser visited town, but should not be missed. With wonderful views over the Gulf of Trieste the 9th C Basilica is worth a visit as is the castle that has been renovated over the years.
Day 5 – Morning excursion to Castello di Miramare (Trieste Castle). Miramare Castle is surrounded by a flourishing park full of precious botanic species, and has a charming panoramic view, given its location on a cliff high above the sea. It stands on the peak of the rocky promontory of Grignano in the Gulf of Trieste, and is about 10 km from the city itself. Commissioned in the second half of the 19th century by the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg as a residence for himself and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, the castle offers today’s visitors an example of a luxurious aristocratic residence which has preserved its original furnishings. This afternoon you can have a relaxing time in the Trieste or could choose to visit Museo Revoltella. The Revoltella Museum is an important art gallery that originated from an institution founded in 1872 by Baron Pasquale Revoltella. Revoltella bequeathed his palace and his art collection to the city of Trieste; but in addition to the building and the objects contained within he also bestowed a conspicuous revenue to the museum. This allowed for continuous accumulation and a considerable art collection.
Day 6 – Free time depending on return flight time.
The exact order of excursion is subject to change and the itinerary can be changed to suit the interest of your group.
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or email@example.com