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Trieste City Add-On

Italy’s frontier city
Add on this atmospheric city on the shores of the Adriatic, to another Inntravel holiday in Italy. Enjoy a self-guided city walking tour (notes included) revealing its beautiful architecture and fascinating history, from a choice of two high-quality, centrally located hotels.
Trieste City Add-On. 2 nights
Trieste City Add-On. 2 nights

Holiday information



Declared a free port in 1719, Trieste has long been a melting pot of cultures, languages and ethnicities, a juncture of east and west and gateway to the rest of Central Europe. You’ll feel it in the incredible variety of architecture – Orthodox cathedrals rub shoulders with ancient Roman remains and Italianate squares – and in the ubiquitous coffee houses, remnants from the days when this coastal city was the trading heart of the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Spend your time here exploring the impressive neoclassical buildings and boulevards of the medieval core; the huge Piazza Unità d'Italia and Canal Grande, both of which bear more than a passing resemblance to their more famous Venetian counterparts; Viale Joyce – a street named for the Irish author James Joyce, who made Trieste his home for many years; and the nearby Miramare Castle, a 19th-century Gothic masterpiece situated on a rocky outcrop.


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  • Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
    Trieste was one of the most important ports in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, and even today the historic centre is a vibrant hub with a glorious mix of architectural and ethnic styles.

    Our self-guided city walking tour reveals different aspects of the city.

    City by the sea
    A large part of Trieste’s charm – and prosperity – lies in its coastal location. Indeed, the central Piazza Unità d’Italia is Italy’s largest sea-facing square – surpassing even Piazza San Marco in Venice. Wide and elegant, it is lined with enticing pavement cafés and Neoclassical palazzi, and is often referred to as the ‘living room’ of Trieste, being at the heart of daily public life. Like Venice, Trieste is also home to its very own Canal Grande, though this is the only canal in the city. Built between 1754 and 1756 on land formed by draining the coastal salt flats, this canal was once the commercial heart of Trieste; today, its banks are lined with squares, churches and historic cafés.

    Also nearby is the Molo Audace pier – an 18th-century stone walkway which extends 200 metres out to sea. This makes a lovely place for a stroll, and provides good views back to the shore.

    Europe’s coffee capital
    When the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles VI, declared Trieste a free port in 1719, he changed the fate of the city forever. Being able to define their own taxes and tariffs gave the Triestini a distinct trading advantage, at the exact same time that the coffee craze was sweeping across Europe. Although many of the beans that passed through the city were destined for Vienna, coffee still made its mark on Trieste, with warehouses, roasteries and cafés springing up all over the city.

    Even today, Trieste is very strongly associated with coffee – it remains the headquarters of Illy, and has retained many of its wonderful Belle Époque coffee houses – such as the iconic Caffè Tommaseo, which we strongly recommend you visit.

    A literary hub
    Perhaps it’s the inspiring blend of cultures, or the atmospheric setting on the shores of the Adriatic, but Trieste has long been a muse for writers. James Joyce spent two highly creative periods in the city (from 1904-1915 and 1919-1920), completing his collection of short stories, Dubliners, and writing some of the most significant chapters of his masterpiece, Ulysses. It is fascinating to retrace the great author’s steps through the city – visiting his numerous different homes, as well as many of the places that inspired him.

    Roman settlement
    Part of our tour leads you uphill via a series of narrow medieval streets to the San Giusto Hill, site of the first settlement of Trieste. You’ll find the excavated remains of a Roman forum and basilica here, and enjoy fantastic views over the city and coastline. At the foot of the hill, there is a well-preserved Roman theatre to explore – restored in the late 1930s, this is often used in the summer months to host concerts or exhibitions.
  • Miramare Castle & Muggia
    Located on a rocky outcrop several kilometres to the north of Trieste, the splendid 19th-century Miramare Castle was once the residence of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. The interiors are wonderfully eclectic – there’s a silk-lined throne room, Chinese and Japanese salons, and an office designed to look like the cabin of the frigate Maximilian once commanded as head of the Austrian Navy. The extensive gardens are also well worth a visit, being home to an impressive number of tropical plants and trees.

    Muggia, meanwhile, a small port town just to the south of the city, very close to the Slovenian border, can be reached by a short boat trip. The historic centre is enclosed by medieval walls and overlooked by an ancient castle, and is a fine place for lunch.


The hotel is ideally located for exploring the city.

We provide suggestions for where to eat out in the documentation that we send you prior to your holiday.
Savoia Excelsior Palace
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  • Savoia Excelsior Palace, 2 nights: 01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 Apr - 26 Jun 2022 £196 £156
    27 Jun - 11 Jul 2022 £470 £220
    12 Jul - 29 Oct 2022 # £196 £156

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    # Add £135pp/n (£160p/n for a single room) for stays 8-10 Oct 2022

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Savoia Excelsior Palace, Trieste
    Deluxe with sea view & balcony: 01 Apr - 27 Jun 2022 £28
    Deluxe with sea view & balcony: 28 Jun - 11 Jul 2022 £48
    Deluxe with sea view & balcony: 12 Jul - 08 Oct 2022 £28
    Deluxe with sea view & balcony: 09 Oct - 10 Oct 2022 £48
    Deluxe with sea view & balcony: 11 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £28
    Superior: 01 Apr - 27 Jun 2022 £18
    Superior: 28 Jun - 11 Jul 2022 £34
    Superior: 12 Jul - 08 Oct 2022 £18
    Superior: 09 Oct - 10 Oct 2022 £34
    Superior: 11 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £18

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Savoia Excelsior Palace, Trieste (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 26 Jun 2022 £85 £153
    27 Jun - 11 Jul 2022 £230 £324
    12 Jul - 31 Oct 2022 # £85 £153
    # Add £135pp/n (£160 p/n for a single room) for stay 8-10 Oct
  • This information is for guidance only; no travel is included in our prices and you should pay locally for your chosen option.

    For more information about the airport, visit the Trieste airport website.

    Getting between Trieste airport and the city (33km):

    Public transport Approx. duration Frequency
    Train 30 minutes every hour
    Bus 55 minutes every hour
    Other options Approx. duration Approx. price
    Taxi every 30 minutes 70€
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts
  • street plan
  • notes for a self-guided city walking tour

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