This tour comprises comfortable accommodation in a marina resort near Trieste, a guided tour of Trieste and the Miramare Castle, excursion to a nearby canyon national park, e-bike tours, a visit to the idyllic Piran Venetian fishing town in Slovenia and the nearby salt ponds. As Trieste is ‘the capital of coffee’, a visit to one of Trieste’s 22 coffee roasteries.
Muggia is an old venetian village at the sea, close to Trieste. With its central square, narrow streets (called ‘calle’ like in Venice), buildings from the 14th century, castle, picturesque marina in it’s centre, long sea promenade and plentiful of bars and restaurants, it is much appreciated by tourists. 30 minutes with the ‘Green Dolphin’ ferry and you are in Trieste. You will stay in a 4 star hotel in a marina resort just outside Muggia.
When Trieste in 1382 requested to become part of the Habsburgian Austria, Muggia remained under Venice. In the Middle Age, Muggia and Trieste even fought a war between them. On the hills outside Muggia is made excellent olive oil and wine. And the fishing boats are bringing in fresh catch each day to the centre of Muggia.
The biggest private collection related to Ludwig van Beethoven is in Muggia, in the Beethoven House. The Carrino family has for 40 years collected various items related to this great composer, today in their house which we will visit, they have more than 11.000 items. Including a photography of Beethoven (to be recalled that the composer died before the photo-camera was invented).
Between Trieste and Slovenia is the canyon Val Rosandra that the river Rosandra carved out. It is part of the Karst geographical region, has a rich plant diversity, numerous caves, cliffs used for climbing. In the summer it is refreshing to dive into the river. In the spring, 50 shades of green from the varied vegetation. In the autumn, red and yellow leaves dominating the valley. At the start of the valley is the lowest situated mountain hut in Italy, the Refugio Mario Premuda, a good refreshment point.
Olive oil has deep roots in the area. Including Istria, it was an important producer of olive oil for the Romans. There are several high quality producers outside Trieste. We will visit one where you can taste the local Bianchera type. And also taste their wine.
There are several good biking tracks around Trieste. The Parenzano bike track goes from Muggia through Slovenia to Porec/Parenzo on the Istria coast of Croatia.
The Delfino Verdi takes you to Trieste in half an hour. Trieste, having been made a free port by the Austrian Hungarian Emperor, which it still is, grew into a prosperous multi-ethnic dynamic city, Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. Historic cafés, cakes from Mittel Europa, the impressive and many palaces in this ‘Vienna at the Sea’, the Miramare Castle, there are many things we would like to share with you. Be As A Local has has developed a special guided tour in collaboration with a local historian. A cultural walk. The tour will cover The Roman Trieste, The Imperial Trieste of the 1700 and the Habsburg Dynasty. Napoleon occupying the city three times. Trieste at the start of the 19th century and the First World War. Trieste during the Cold War as a ‘spy theatre’. Like Berlin, Trieste was an area split and under international military governance, for nine years. The central jeans market-place for Eastern Europe until the break-down of Yugoslavia. We will reveal several of the city's secrets to you on this tour.
Trieste is the biggest coffee import harbour in the Mediterranean and home to 22 coffee roasteries, Illy being one of them. There are laboratories doing research on coffee, there is the coffee university, training centres for coffee professionals. Once upon a time, the world coffee prices were fixed in Trieste, in the building where now the Chamber of Commerce is located.
Piran is a venezian fishing village on a promontory in Slovenia. On a clear day you will see the Dolomites across the Gulf of Trieste. Narrow streets, the central Tartini square, fishing boats in the marina, good restaurants along the seafront, Piranois a very charming town. Nearby is Portoroz, the casino and spa and leisure town at the sea of Slovenia. In the bay outside are the salt ponds, the salt is of excellent quality.
Not far away is the Škocjan Cave, on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1986. The exceptional volume of the underground canyon is what distinguishes this cave from others. The view of the big river in the rainy season is majestic.
Beyond the good food and wine, why visit Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region? The small healthy region in the north-east of Italy is well-organized and has all that the country has to offer: short distances, sea, mountains, hills, historic villages, rich culture. And, it is free from the overcrowded mass-tourism that you will suffer in many other places. A new area to be discovered and enjoyed. Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and newest city; it only became part of Italy in 1954. A perfect base to discover also Istria in Croatia, Slovenia and Venice.
There will be one of us, your ‘local friend’, sharing with you what we like to do and let you experience what the ‘do-it-yourself’ traveller most probably will not find on his/her own. Taking due account of each season. We are sure you will want to come back to this area, many times!
The tour exists in two versions, one defined departure dates were the group is composed of you and other individuals or small groups, or if you are some more people we can make a proposal for the period you prefer and where your group decides on how many stars the hotels should have.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on a fixed date if the significant number of participants is not reached.
You are invited to arrive to the airport in the morning or at midday. Transfer from the airport. Check in and welcome by ‘your local friend’.
Visit to the Beethoven house in Muggia. A walk in the old town.
Dinner in the hotel.
Transport to Trieste with the Delfino Verde ferry.
Guided tour in Trieste. Duration 3 hours.
Lunch in one of the several historic cafés of Trieste, local specialities menu.
Nearby is one of the most known bakeries of Trieste, where the classic Middle European cakes can be enjoyed.
Visit to a coffee roastery. Tasting.
Visit to the Miramare Castle and garden
Return by the ferry to Muggia.
Dinner in a seaside restaurant.
A guided walk in the Val Rosandra Canyon. Refreshment in the local mountain hut.
Visit to an olive oil and wine producer. Tasting.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, a tour on e-bikes in the surroundings of Muggia
Dinner in Muggia.
Guided visit to Pirano and Portoroz. Visit to the salt ponds.
Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Škocjan cave. The visit is about 3 km long, you height difference walked is 144 m, the inside temperature is 12 degrees.
The rest of the day and evening free. You may choose to exploit the offers of the FVG card with which you are provided. And choose among the more than 700 restaurants and similar that the Trieste area offers.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Trieste. Transfer to the airport.
A valid passport. A valid health insurance coverage. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes. A good appetite.
Participants should be able to use a bike, and to walk in a forest path with some limited ups and downs, and to walk a height difference of 144 during the cave visit.
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