Trieste Journals

Short Trips to Trieste

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.

Grotta Gigante

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Attraction | "Into the Bowels of the Earth - Grotta Gigante,Trieste"

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The Grotta Gigante is billed as the "biggest tourist cave in the world" which, having been to Postojna I have to take issue with. I can only imagine that this must be referring to the central cavern in Trieste because Postojna is a huge complex of caves of which the visitor sees only 5 Kilometres of the twenty-odd that have been explored. The Grotta's vital statistics - 107m high, 65m wide and 260m long. I've dug up some statistics that might enable readers to put these facts into perspective - the Eiffel Tower is 324 Metres high, the Tower of "Big Ben" is 96.3 Metres tall and the Angel of the North is 20 Metres high.WHERE IS THE GROTTA GIGANTE?The Grotta Gigante is situated about 15...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2008

Grotta Gigante
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/a
Sgonico - Trieste, Italy 34100
+39 040327312

Short Trips to Trieste

Overview

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Go around Valentine's Day when the shop window displays are the most beautiful you'll see and small boys dress up and throw confetti over the ladies in town - I was brushing it of my coat two days later! Shopping is a delight with lots of independent shops specialising in just one or two things. The delicatessens are out of this world! Quick Tips: Try to locate your hotel before you get there if you can - the one way system is convoluted and you could end up paying a fortune and going all over town to get a hotel that's near where you started!Best Way To Get Around: The centre can be seen on foot and that way you'll find some lovely streets hidden away. Take a bus along to the Mirama...Read More

Hotel Alabarda

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Hotel

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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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2006

Hotel Alabarda
Via Valdirivo, 22
Trieste, Italy 34132
39 040639284

Affittacamere Ghega

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Hotel | "Basic, Budget, Boring but Bearable - Affittacamere Ghega"

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Affittacamere Ghega gets listed as a hostel but is really a collection of five rooms - we booked a double but I believe there are triples and quads and may even be a dormitory too.There are no real communal areas and even the kitchen was locked with a sign saying "private" stuck to it. Breakfast is advertised on websites as not included and costs extra but it was never offered to us. Never mind, there are plenty of cafes nearby so you can be sure of a decent coffee and a pastry.The "hostel" is in a fine old Trieste apartment building which has a grand entrance way leading to the archaic but functional lift which usefully has a wooden bench in it for those people who have to res...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2008

Affittacamere Ghega
Via Carlo Ghega 3
Trieste
+39 340 7042896

Pizzeria Ristorante Al Barattolo

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Restaurant | "Al Barattolo"

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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 qui...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Pizzeria Ristorante Al Barattolo
Piazza San Antonio Nuovo, 2
Trieste, Italy
040 631480