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Duino, Small Town Italy--Beyond Venice

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A June 2004 trip to Duino by Barb B

Entry to the Castle at Duino Photo, Duino, Italy More Photos
Quote: OK!!So you’ve seen Florence,you traveled on to Rome, and have just finished a wonderfully romantic stay in the magical city of Venice. So where do you go next? With just a few more days, you can REALLY experience the pulse and heartbeat of northern Italy!

Duino, Small Town Italy--Beyond Venice

Overview

Entry to the Castle at Duino Photo, Duino, Italy
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Swim in the Adriatic. If you are male, admire the lovely and beautiful Italian female bodies on the beach. If you are female, wish you looked as good as the beautiful Italian female bodies on the beach! Visit the Castle at Duino--the Dama bianca (white lady). Only recently opened to the public, this is a real treat and escape into Italian history. Also, a visit the Castle at Miramare--with its historic gardens. On our last visit, there was a fantastic garden display titled "La Vita della Farfalla" (Life of the Butterfly). Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: A rental car us really necessary to visit this area. Castles, ...Read More

Albergo Dama Bianca

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Hotel

Albergo Dama Bianca Photo, Duino, Italy
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A Five-Star Hotel-- It’s Not! In fact, if you look at Italy’s hotel ratings, the Dama Bianca carries only two stars. But for us, this tiny place, with its fantastic views, discreet charm, friendly atmosphere and dedicated service rates far more than just five stars! I must admit, I have been enjoying this lovely retreat for many years. I selfishly have never shared it with others because I sincerely hope it will never lose its quietly elegant atmosphere. I have abundant memories of parties, weddings, visits and friends I’ve met here. Several years ago some Italian friends referred us to a marvelous seafood restaurant situated beside a tiny cove within the Gu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2004

Albergo Dama Bianca
34013 Duino 61C
Duino, Italy
(040) 208-137

Al Cavalluccio

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Restaurant | "Al Caballuccio"

Al Cavalluccio Photo, Duino, Italy
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I like the genuine trattoria ambience of Al Caballuccio (the seahorse) Ristorante. The outdoor tables, with red and white cloths, and inside -- wooden floors, marble bar, beamed ceilings with large bladed fans all blend to a wildly friendly atmosphere. Situated just steps from the harbor at Duino, the outdoor tables are always full if the weather is good. The local maritime cuisine revolves above all around the quality of the fish and simple cooking methods, which bring its taste to the fore. Main attractions include superb seafood starters and beautifully seasoned risottos. Shellfish, salads and the absolute best baked and grilled Istrian fish. Be a bit careful of what you orde...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2004

Al Cavalluccio
Duino Porto 61/D Trieste
Duino, Italy
040/208133

The Beach and Harbor at Duino

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Attraction

The Beach and Harbor at Duino Photo, Duino, Italy
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The number of cars on the road decreased significantly; however, the speed did not!! The road makes its way upward out of Venice, Northbound along Italy’s A4 Autostrada. It suddenly seems quieter-- the hustle and bustle of Venice is behind us and we begin to experience the quality of a smaller, quieter, less touristed area. Stretching beyond, lies a strip of land comprised of the Bay of Sistiana, the tiny village of Duino, the Aquatic reserve at Miramare and the Port of Trieste: all of which form The Gulf of Trieste. Cascades of flowers cling to towering limestone cliffs and tumble gracefully into the Adriatic Sea below. Our stay at Duino included visits with frien...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

The Beach and Harbor at Duino
Duino
Duino, Italy

Castle at Duino

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Attraction | "Lady with a past--Castle at Duino"

Castle at Duino Photo, Duino, Italy
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Truly a lady with an unspeakable past, the Castle at Duino has been referred to as the "Dama Bianca" or White Lady since her very beginning. The original fortification dates from the 11th century and spawned the fishing village and harbor of Duino below. Situated amid limestone cliffs, her magnificent view of the coastline provided early warning of approaching hostile vessels. Sold to the Hapsburgs of Austria in 1472, she passed through the hands of various Vicars, Princes and other Sovereigns. Her history is remarkably rich, with many accounts of battles between the Romans and Istrii taking place here. Its even said that Atilla the Hun made camp at the castle at one time...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2004

Castle at Duino
22 km from Trieste on the main road SS 14
Duino, Italy
(040) 208120

About the Writer

Barb B

Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona