Why choose a cruise to Trieste?

Trieste is a fascinating city of languid glamour, of narrow alleyways and quiet boulevards. You’ll find a unique blend of architectural styles here, from Roman amphitheatres to Venetian canals and neoclassical mansions. There’s so much to explore.

Trieste is surrounded by craggy mountains and a rugged, windswept coastline. The best nearby beach is the small, pebbled bay in the nearby town of Muggia. The enticing country of Slovenia is just a short drive away, where you’ll find caves, castles and enchanting forests.

Venetian Mansions at Trieste

A guide to Trieste’s hotspots

Explore the narrow streets of the old town, with their brightly-painted houses and shutters. Visit the Piazza Unita Italia, a huge square surrounded by neoclassical palaces. The Roman Amphitheatre is just a stone’s throw away. Saunter the banks of the serene Canal Grande, lined with pastel-coloured houses and some fantastic outdoor restaurants.

Trieste Piazza Unita Italia

Rub shoulders with the locals as you take a sunset walk along the Molo Audace, a promenade that stretches 300m to the sea. You can admire the beautiful coastal scenery, and on hot days it’s the place to go for a dip in the ocean.

Travel 20 minutes north of the city to visit the stunning Miramare Castle, a majestic white castle located on a cliff edge. It’s surrounded by a sprawling park full of exotic plants and trees which you’ll love exploring.

Another short drive will take you to Grotta Gigante, which as the name suggests, is a huge subterranean grotto, with a central cavern over 100m high and 130m long. Venture down narrow staircases and walkways, marvelling at the majestic stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Trieste

Marella Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises

Holland America Line

The best time to visit Trieste

Trieste Harbour

Trieste is a perfect summer holiday destination because it doesn’t sizzle like other Mediterranean cities. Temperatures average a balmy 24°C in July and August (with highs of 28°C), so you’ll still get a suntan as you sightsee.

Visit in December and January and you’ll encounter cold winters with a temperature of 5°C-7°C. But the town really gets into the festive spirit with Christmas lights and markets. Meanwhile, if you arrive in January you might catch Trieste’s internationally regarded film festival.

Did you know?

  • Trieste serves some of the best coffee in Italy, in its ornate Viennese coffee houses
  • Lots of famous writers lived or spent time in Trieste, including James Joyce
  • Trieste is one of the richest cities in Italy, due to its shipping revenues.