A February 2004 trip
to Trieste by fizzytom
Quote: Several times now I have used Trieste as an overnight stop en route to Ljubljana as the connections are not always in my favour. Gradually I am building a picture of an attractive and not typically Italian city with much to offer.
Attraction | "Into the Bowels of the Earth - Grotta Gigante,Trieste"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2008
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/a
Sgonico - Trieste, Italy 34100
Hotel Alabarda is in the historic part of Trieste. Do not take a taxi from the station - this would involve the intricate one way system and cost a fortune when the hotel is just two minutes walk away. The hotel looks promising from the outside; you go in through a wrought iron gate and up two flights of stairs to reception (there is a lift). Sadly, the interior has been cleared of nearly all the original features and is a little bland although the decor is tasteful and simple and in good repair. The staff are all pleasant and the owner's daughter speaks English which was a help to me when I had to inform them that water was dripping through the ceiling in my room. Her father is a wonderfully warm and generous man who is very helpful. He even gave me a cloth shopping bag bearing a line drawing of the hotel - a lovely gift.
My room was simple yet comfortable; a single one with shower. The toilet was two doors down the corridor and was always vacant when I wanted to use it. My room had a TV (Italian channels only) and a small wardrobe and dressing table as well as a comfortable bed with crisp linen. The bathroom was spotless and there was always hot water. Breakfast was in a small dining room and was all self-service - even the coffee was from a vending machine - although free of course. There was a variety of fruit yogurts and jam-filled brioche. I would have liked something less sweet though. The coffee was excellent! The hotel is situated on street that is fairly busy by day but almost dead in the evenings. Therefore it was quiet when I wanted to sleep. Furthermore, although there were plenty of other guests, they made no noise.
I was leaving the morning I discovered that water was coming through the ceiling of my room but the staff went to look immediately. I know that if I had been staying I would have been given a different room at once. Hotel Alabarda is a good value bed-and-breakfast hotel but rather lacking in character. However, at these prices one cannot really complain, especially given its location close to the station and the main shopping area. Currently a single room with private shower (including breakfast) is 35 euros - a bargain! For full rates look at www.hotelalabarda.it
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2006
Via Valdirivo, 22
Trieste, Italy 34132
Hotel | "Basic, Budget, Boring but Bearable - Affittacamere Ghega"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2008
Via Carlo Ghega 3
+39 340 7042896
Restaurant | "Al Barattolo"
Al Barattolo occupies a rather fine spot looking onto the Piazza San Antonio in the heart of Trieste and for that reason it is perhaps a little more expensive than it should be. However, the ambience and the decor is so nice that one doesn't really begrudge a few euros extra. I was alone and didn't feel that I was hidden away like you can be in some establishments. Instead, I was seated in the heart of the restaurant at a normal sized table - just as well since the pizza took up so much space when it arrived! The restaurant was lively with a few family groups and, more bizarrely, several people with their dogs - usually in Trieste pink poodle-ish dogs with daft hairstyles!
The decor is quite rustic - stone walls, wooden tables - but with elegant touches and the tables were laid out very smartly. Service was swift and friendly, the waiters indulged my attempts to speak Italian with a dreadful accent. This is essentially a pizzeria that also does a few meat based main courses. Seafood is prominent on the menu. I went for an octopus salad to start; it was beautifully dressed - just the right amount of vinegar to cut through the tangy olive oil and what a portion! This would have made a more than acceptable main course. It was served with just warmed crusty bread which I had to drizzle with a little more olive oil (€7). I then had the seafood pizza or rather "pizza fondo mare" (which I think translates as "deep sea pizza"!) (€8). Add on a diet coke (€2.70) and a service charge of 15% (a bit steep I thought) and the total came to a shade over €20. However, a complimentary strega (a liquorice-tasting herbal flavoured liqueur) prepared me nicely to brave the cold outside and took the pain out of the bill. While the food was delicious, I could have the same meal further back in town for quite a bit less. My advice is to look to the back streets and find a local trattoria if you need to stick to a budget.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006
Pizzeria Ristorante Al Barattolo
Piazza San Antonio Nuovo, 2
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom