Friuli Venezia Giulia

City break in Trieste: Lose yourself in the ancient border city

Think you know Italy? Tantalising Trieste might make you think again.

This sun-soaked seaport is my go-to place for an alternative Italian escape and it isn’t difficult to see why. Glittering coastlines and neoclassical architecture blend effortlessly with a heady mix of cultural influences. Spellbinding doesn’t quite cover it!

As the capital of Friuli-Venezia Giulia – one of Italy’s five autonomous regions – Trieste is no shrinking violet and has been one of the country’s most prosperous cities, particularly during the Habsburg period. And today? It’s a bustling hub of culture and business.

Whether wandering the ancient grounds of San Giusto Castle or weaving through Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, your time in Trieste is sure to captivate. Here are my insider tips to help you plan your own retreat.

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What to see in Trieste

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From ancient castles to stalactite-studded caverns.

Hotels in Trieste

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Where to stay in Trieste

From affordable charm in a historical building to sumptuous suites with inspiring views.

A touch of old-world glamour

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For decadent digs in the city’s heart, this four-star hotel is virtually unbeatable. If I’m ever craving a bit of old-world glamour, this is where I come for a night or two. Think sumptuous suites with polished antique furniture and soul-stirring views over the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia. There’s an indulgent spa for relaxing rituals. Harry’s Piccolo Restaurant is also onsite for those moments when you need a Michelin-starred meal. Bellissima!

Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta

Top rated
Trieste, 29.2 km to Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
8.8 Excellent (1439 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta

Top rated
Trieste
8.8 Excellent (1439 reviews)

A city break in Trieste oozing in traditional charm

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I’m partial to a bit of traditional charm and this place has it in spades. Set within an 18th-century building, this is a hotel that pairs antique furniture with white Istria stone and smooth oak floors. The result? An elegant yet calming space in which to unwind. Take one of 10 spacious rooms and wake each morning to a bountiful buffet of pastries, breads and fragrant hot coffee. You can even take advantage of complimentary use of a Vespa to explore the city while you stay.

Hotel L'Albero Nascosto

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Trieste, 29.4 km to Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
9.1 Excellent (541 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Hotel L'Albero Nascosto

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Trieste
9.1 Excellent (541 reviews)

A luxury stay in an ancient city

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Eager for a hotel that is both elegant and up-to-date? This accommodation will likely be a hit. It effortlessly blends luxury modern touches with timeless charm, with exquisitely finished suites that ensured I was sold from the moment I walked through the door. My inner foodie is always satisfied here too. Expect cuttlefish julienne with delicate asparagus mousse in the gourmet restaurant Savoy by Eataly, plus a wine list inspired by indigenous grape varieties.

Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace

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Trieste, 29.1 km to Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
9.1 Excellent (1687 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.7 / 10
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Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace

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Trieste
9.1 Excellent (1687 reviews)

A perfect choice for a bit of historic pizzazz

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Swish Trieste hotels don’t have to cost the earth. Whenever I’m in need of affordable accommodation, this is where I head for. It’s housed in a place that was built in the 19th century – ideal if you like hotels with a bit of historic pizzazz. Contrasting with the exterior, rooms are sleek and contemporary which ensures plenty of comfort. Hunker down in a Deluxe Double for extra space and views over the city.

Hotel Tergeste

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Trieste, 29.7 km to Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
8.5 Excellent (34 reviews)
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Hotel Tergeste

Top rated
Trieste
8.5 Excellent (34 reviews)

Where to eat in Trieste

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From cosy canal-side cafés to tempting gelaterias.

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