Southern Europe Traveller's Guide - Trieste - Walks with a View


Walks with a View 

Wandern mit Aussicht

Passeggiate con vista











 Rilke Promenade

 Enjoyable walk dedicated to German author

This beautiful shore path has woods on one side and breathtaking views over the Sistiana Bay on the other. It is only a few kilometers long and an easy walk. It starts from the seasonal base of the Azienda di promozione turistica di Sistiana and ends at the entrance to the village of Duino. To get to this path from Trieste, take the number 44 bus, which stops across the road from the head of the path. If you drive, then be aware that there is limited parking space—you might want to park further down the road.

Astonishing, and  easily attained views of the coast await. From the piazza ask directions for the coastal road, where before  Duino  there's an entrance through the trees to the Sentiero Rilke, a path named after the early twentieth-century German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who was the best-known walker of this cliff path.

Rainer Maria Rilke's great cycle of ten elegies named after the castle on the Adriatic had its inception, according to Rilke's host at Castle Duino, Maria von Thurn und Taxis-Hohenlohe, on the morning of January 21, 1912. Interrupted by the First World War, the cycle of ten elegies was completed only a decade later.
The two great complementary poem cycles, Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, are not only the result of an extraordinary kind of contact with the unseen world; they are an attempt to understand that world, and to understand it in its holistic relationship to the visible.
ble, world. 


 Parco di Villa Revoltella

 Walking in a lovely park on the outskirts

A lovely park on the city's outskirts where you can take a walk and at the same time admire the lovely villa that belonged in the 19th century to Baron Pasquale Revoltella, a patron of art and culture. Like an alpine chalet and with its two floors, it was in this lovely building, which can no longer be visited, that the Baron spents his days relaxing. In the garden between a lovely fountain and a basket ball pitch popular among young people, you can also find the stables and Revoltella's private chapel, dedicated to the holy Spaniard Pasquale Baylon and where the remains of the Baron still lay. Inside the church, there are several neo-gothic style features to be admired.


 Sentiero dei pescatori / Fisherman's Path
 Beautiful walk from Carso to the sea

This path that links the village of Aurisina with the beautiful beach of Canovella de' Zoppoli was reopened a couple of years ago by the local Duino-Aurisina council. If you want to see something even more beautiful than the Rilke path then come here. However, be warned that although this is not a technically difficult walk, it is not suitable for people who become short of breath as it is a long and steep walk. Once you have reached the bottom you eventually have to ascend and this could be a problem for people with asthma. This walk follows the asphalt road to Aurisina for some way, and then turns off at a fork in the road just after a petrol station. Leave the road here and follow the signposted path towards a loose earth track which leads to a crossroads of three paths. The Sentiero dei pescatori leads down from here towards the sea and crosses the railway platforms that link Udine with Trieste (obviously be careful when you cross the track). After the station, the descent continues in the midst of lots of vegetation and has a beautiful view over the Istrian coast to the Grado lagoon. Cross over the coast road and you will eventually arrive at the little Canovella de' Zoppoli beach after passing through lots of narrow terraces and grapevines. There are lots of steps, but the sunset over the sea will make your effort seem worth it. There is also a small restaurant where you can refuel with a plate of spaghetti and clams, or fried squid, before climbing all the way back up again. For further information contact the Duino-Aurisina Council's Public Relations Office on the number provided (between 1pm-5pm Mon, 10am-1:30pm Tue-Fri).


 Strada Napoleonica
 A lovely walk on the Carso

It is known as the Napoleonic street because, according to legend, it was built by Napoleon's troops. The road winds through 5 km of the Carsian high plain to the villages of Opicina and Prosecco. This walk is well loved by the people of Trieste, and especially popular on Sundays in the spring and autumn. People also come here to run and climb on the rocky outcrops which are on either side of the path.
 When you are at Opicina, before beginning the walk, have a look towards the sky and admire the white obelisk which was erected by Trieste's Merchant Corp in 1830 in honour of the visit of the Austrian emperor Francis I.  As you set off, the path is very easy to follow (in spite of the fact that it was originally a medieval track which made its way though an oak wood. The wood has now disappeared.) and the distance in altitude between Opicina and Prosecco is only around 100 metres. It's a perfect way to spend a morning immersed in nature, surrounded by red sumac, sage and other beautiful countryside with wonderful views over the sea.
The area was put into order by the Giulian Alpine society and dedicated to the climber Nicolo Cobolli in 1935. It is sheltered from the bora and is often bathed in the sun making it a sunny island in the winter months. After you have walked leisurely for around an hour you will get near to San Nazario which is a typical village of Carso. You can go from here to the charming sanctuary at Monte Grisa.

Via della Salvia

Duino Aurisina - Trieste


An island of peace, immersed in nature. This is the Via della Salvia, an enchanting pathway in the middle of the woods, between Duino Aurisina and the land of Santa Croce, in the heart of the Trieste Carso.

 There are plenty of alternative routes, you can walk along the road that overlooks the sea or for more sporty types, you can head towards the llokout dedixated to the climber Tiziana Weiss crossing the Carsican clearings and moors. In reality the whole journey is pleasant and can be completed in half a day. Panoramas such as this one fill the eyes and warm the heart. Spring and autumn are the best times to go or on a summer evening.

To get here take the coastal road that leads to Trieste until you reach a fork with a slope towards the sea on one side and a very steep asphalt road on the other. Take the latter and you will find yourself at the entrance to Via della Salvia. Park up in the neighboring area, fill your lungs with fresh air and off you go.


Val Rosandra

Bagnoli presso Trieste


People living outside the Trieste area may not recognise the name. The locals, and the better informed, know that Rosandra is the name of a brook that runs through a natural reserve, the only stream flowing on the surface of the Karst. This corner of the Karst is also the highest: with its 670 mts, Monte Cocusso is the loftiest mountain in the area.Due to its windiness and peculiar orographical features, Val Rosandra presents an astounding variety of plants and flowers. The local fauna is also rather interesting: the woods are home to many rare species of birds and reptiles, while various types of amphibians populate the areas surrounding the stream. The pools are teeming with river crayfish; fishing is, however, strictly forbidden.
 The valley is surrounded by sometimes gloomy mountainsides. It is negotiable from many sides, but we suggest you take one of the easiest and least tiring. The starting point is the small village of S.Elia (Draga): take the tarmac road and follow it into the bush, where the smell of soil and wet wood is overwhelming, e
specially after a storm. The path goes very gently uphill, and after the first twenty minutes it starts to go downhill. By now you will have left the woods, the trees do not block out the view any longer and you will be able to take in the green-grey landscape. In about forty-five minutes you will reach the bar that used to serve the delectable and cheap moscatella, a refreshing beverage that could also be served to children, due to its very low alcoholic content. Outside what used to be the bar, there are wooden tables and benches for hikers to sit on and have a rest, and possibly puff on a cigarette, in total disregard of the healthy purpose of the walk.

The road back will take you to the opposite side of the valley, where the path rises a little higher and you may also take the opportunity to visit the small church of Santa Maria in Siaris, dating back to the fourteenth century. From there you may hurtle down the screes, or alternatively keep following the road, and still have a look at the screes without having to negotiate them.
The site is also important from an archeological point of view. here you will find the ruins of the ancient Roman aqueduct, dating back to the 1st century AD, which used to convey water from the Oppia spring to the ancient Tergeste. Back in Draga S. Elia, our starting point, you will also be able to see the old jazere, once employed in the production and preservation of ice.
Put on your hiking boots and enjoy your trip!