A trip to Trieste would be incomplete without visiting some of the most stunning landmarks of the area, if not the whole province of Friuli Venezia Giulia: The beautiful coastline has inspired emperors and artists alike, who chose to spend their time frequently near the healing sea breeze. As I’m not a pro with history I’ll spare you with too many details (which can be read on wiki anyway) and take you on a virtual tour through some amazing castles by the sea!
A little outside the city centre of Trieste, the white fairy-tale castle is definitely a must-see when in town. You can take tours inside the castle for a fee (which I did many years ago), however the more interesting parts are the gardens and terraces, which can be visited for free. And still, the amazing ocean views are priceless! The Habsburg family have used that castle as their summer residency for many years and I can understand too well why…
It involves a little longer drive along the coast to get to Duino, but it’s totally worth it! The castle itself is quite nice, but actually the location and – again – the gardens are the main attractions: The castle is built on a cliff next to an old ruin, so the gorgeous ocean view pays up for the admission fee. Flowers and Mediterranean plants cover most of the castle grounds and there are lots of paths to wander around as well as a few spots to take a dip in the sea. Aristocrats, writers, musicians and scientists have called that place as their temporary home, until it turned into a museum for visitors to that day. Btw the coastal road strada costiera between Duino and Trieste is one of the most scenic drives I’ve seen in a while!
Which is your favourite castle?