Trieste and Aquileia

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Trieste and Aquileia travel story and advice on what to do and what to see.

  • Visiting Trieste tips
  • Trieste places of interest
  • Aquileia what to see
  • Trieste and Aquileia pictures and photos

Visiting Trieste tips

We have always heard great things about the city of Trieste, but we never got a chance to go all the way in Friuli, until last week, having three consecutive free days at our disposal, we decided to push ourselves towardsAdriatic.



Not having much time, however, we limited our visit to Trieste ed Aquileia, but the territory has thrilled us so much that we are sure that we will be back soon to complete our exploration.

Trieste places of interest

Our itinerario in Friuli it begins at Miramare Castle, a splendid example of nineteenth-century architecture that enjoys a breathtaking position, overlooking the sea and surrounded by a large park.

These are heritage days and taking advantage of Events on the program, we participate in the guided tour dedicated to the works of painter Dell'Acqua hosted in castle.

Visiting Trieste: things to see in one day

We are the only visitors who use it and so we have a guide and a room all to ourselves for more than half an hour.

Le information that we receive are extremely interesting and allow us to deepen the historical knowledge about this castle that we previously ignored, moreover, at the end, we are allowed to make a free visit to the rooms of the building, magnificent, furnished with period furniture.



Once out, we take a short tour of the park, until we reach a point where it is possible to photograph the castle with the background of the promontory, then we head to Trieste.

Trieste, it amazed me and it is even better than I imagined.

Despite being a city of a certain size, it is very liveable and this is demonstrated by the fact that we had no problem finding parking for our vehicle.

Our visit itinerary starts from Unity of Spain square and continues to discover the small and large monuments that enrich the city:

  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Arch of Riccardo
  • Castle and the Church of San Giusto
  • Roman amphitheater.

Always taking advantage of the Heritage Day we visit for free:

  • Museum of History and Art
  • San Giusto Castle Museum
  • Tergestino Lapidary

America Coast to Coast

To relax a little, we walk along the quays of the banks and in Grand Canal where the “Piazza Europa” event is taking place with a multitude of stalls displaying and selling artisanal and non-artisan products from various European countries.

Aquileia what to see

The next day is dedicated to Ancient Aquileia Roman city, one of the four most important cities of the empire.


First let's see the National archeologic museum, where you can admire magnificent finds arranged with excellent criteria and a taste that never bores the visitor.

Thanks also to useful information panels placed almost everywhere we have the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the city and this will be useful in the practical visit to the various archaeological sites that abound here.


Leaving the museum we head to the Burial ground not far away in a pleasant place.

Its conservation is excellent, but we are a little surprised by the neglect that surrounds it.


From here we go towards the city center to see the Basilica, simply marvelous with a floor mosaic that is exceptional in terms of both beauty and size.

Inside we also see the crypt, with frescoes from the XNUMXth century, and the crypt of the excavations, where it is possible to see the superimposed remains of three historical periods.

In front of the Basilica it is accessed, through the Church of the Pagans, Baptistery, building on the ground floor with a recently restored Basque in stone all'internal.

To the left of the Basilica, in a detached position, the bell tower rises on which we climb challenging the long spiral staircase that leads to the cell of bells.

From there you can enjoy a beautiful view, even if the excavations are practically not visible as they are covered by vegetation.


Leaving the Basilica we walk along what was once considered the Via Sacra that leads to the River Port.

Now it is a pleasant walk, a path lined with trees and archaeological finds.

Il River Port at its end, a well-preserved archaeological complex awaits us, the quays, the mooring stones and the downhill channels that led to the warehouses behind it are still clearly visible.

After passing an arch that delimits the area from the road we head to the Roman Forum, a little distant post along Via Giulia Augusta.
What remains of the building are some columns, partly rebuilt, but the remains that can be seen still give the idea of ​​the magnificence of a distant time.

Continuing along the road that returns to the center we still admire the big mausoleum, a rich patrician tomb that rises with a shrine and a statue and, in front of the basilica, the archaeological site of the early Christian gardens and Roman houses.

Unfortunately it is time to resume the journey home, the road ahead is long, but we will return ... .. surely we will return.

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