Whilst still an unfamiliar sounding name to many, Trieste is a truly remarkable place because of its diverse geography, oscillating between coast and karst, as well as its myriad of cultural influences. Situated on Italy’s most Easterly border, the city’s location lets you to travel to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, whether it be for beach holidays on the Istrian peninsula or skiing trips in the Carnic Alps. When it comes to aperitivi, the city will spoil you for choice and leaves much to explore without crossing the border. From promenades and castles once fit for a princess, this vivacious student town is sorely underrated. Read on to find out why!
The seafront is a scene from the 1960’s. Take in the fresh, Adriatic sea air whilst indulging in yet more aperitivo and, of course, gelato on its pebble beaches. Perhaps bring something to sit on, if you’re to avoid a sore bum.
Travel by land (bus) or sea (boat) to this beautiful (and beautifully free) maritime castle. Wander aimlessly through its grounds and gardens whilst you spend some time outside of the main city.
If it’s a day trip you need, look no further than the Osmiza. Found atop the countryside hills, head to these ‘bucolic boozing hotspots’ to sample delicious wine, cheese and cured meats. Click here to find out more.
San Guisto Castle
The year 2020 has really taught us to appreciate our outdoor spaces, and there is a lot to admire at this historic landmark. When the bars are closed, as they often are in winter, trek up with a crate of birra and enjoy a panoramic view of Trieste.
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Part of the city’s charm is its compact layout, meaning you can make your way around on foot.
When taking a bus to the supermarket or, hopefully, somewhere more exciting, be sure to purchase your bus tickets in the Tabacci (tobacconists) before you get hit with a fine on board. To travel further afield – perhaps to Slovenia, Croatia or to other locations in Italy – Flix buses are the easiest and cheapest option. As for Trenitalia, the national railway, there will be stereotypical delays.
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Barcelona is mostly a fairly flat city, where it’s always sunny, so getting around by bike is a very good option. Barcelona has its own version of Boris bikes called Bicing. Also apps like Yego where you can rent mopeds all over the city for around 20 cents a minute.
It is also a good option to buy a T-10 card. With this card you will have 10 trips on all public transport, otherwise it’s €2.20 per ride. The metro runs 5am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, till 2am on Friday and 24 hours on Saturday.
Avoid Uber if you can. It’s a very small city, so its very easy to walk places. FreeNow is a reliable taxi service around the city.