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About Trieste

Trieste, capital of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, is a beautiful port city situated in north-east Italy. Over 200,000 people reside in this city famed for the unique blend of Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influences on its architecture and infrastructure layout. Trieste boasts majestic attractions that include the city’s main square, Piazza Unità d'Italia, and the Trieiste Cathedral.

Cheap flights to Trieste are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to drift away into a world of fantasy as you explore this charming and diverse city! Trieste is home to Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS), previously known as the Trieste – Ronchi dei Legionari Airport. Just a 30-minute drive from the city centre, TRS mainly serves Alitalia and Lufthansa. Affordable flights to Trieste depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Trieste is approximately 15 hours and 50 minutes.

Why visit Trieste

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Majestic Architecture

Stroll along the main city square, Piazza Unità d'Italia, situated right on the ocean’s edge, admire the beautiful municipal buildings and palaces and, if you’re lucky, catch a musical theatre show.

trieste miramare castle gulf of trieste

Ancient Castles

The 19th century Miramare Castle and museum perched on a cliff overlooking the astoundingly beautiful Gulf of Trieste is a must-see attraction in this enchanting city.

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Traditional Cuisine

Relax on the banks of the picturesque Grand Canal lined by inviting restaurants and cafes where you can taste local Italian, Austrian and Slavic dishes or enjoy a cup of unrivalled Triestine coffee.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Italy
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.069 EUR
Language Italian, Triestine
Hub Airport Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS)
Airline Alitalia
Time Zone GMT +01:00
Travel Adaptor Type L and F

Best time to visit Trieste

Trieste’s climate zones differ in the various districts due to distance from sea and elevation factors. However, with its humid subtropical climate, the city experiences seasonal temperatures with warm summers and white, snowy winters. Sightseeing in Trieste is pleasant all-year-round as the city rarely experiences extreme weather conditions. Stroll along the picturesque seafront, discover the boutiques, galleries and restaurants around the city squares or explore the famous medieval castles like the Castello Miramare. The beautiful summer period from May to August is peak season in the city. Laze on the beaches, spend the day boating or try something a bit more adventurous like windsurfing! If you are looking to spend a little less and see a little more of Trieste when it is less crowded, try visiting during the November to January winter period as this is the city’s low season. Despite cooler temperatures, there will still be plenty to do and discover.

Weather & Climate in Trieste

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 3°C 4°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 18°C 20°C 20°C 17°C 13°C 8°C 4°C
High (°C) 7°C 9°C 12°C 17°C 22°C 25°C 28°C 27°C 24°C 18°C 12°C 8°C
Rainfall (mm) 71 62 77 87 81 102 71 101 102 87 114 92

Overview

Often overlooked in favour of more popular cities, Trieste is the beautiful, lively capital of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in north-east Italy. This enchanting port city is built on a unique history and tells a vastly diverse story through the blend of Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influences on its architecture and local culture.

Trieste boasts majestic attractions that include the Piazza Unità d'Italia, which means ‘Unity of Italy Square’. Located right on the ocean’s edge, the square is home to the city's municipal buildings, other important palaces and often hosts music and theatrical showcases. Trieiste also offers romantic strolls through its historical streets. Tour the 19th century Miramare Castle and museum perched on a cliff overlooking the astoundingly beautiful Gulf of Trieste. Drift away into a world of fantasy as you explore the charming, narrow streets of the old town. Most of the town is closed to traffic so enjoy a journey through history as you explore the streets lined with medieval houses, on foot.

After a long day of sightseeing and discovery, take some time to relax on the banks of the picturesque Grand Canal. The walkways are lined with many inviting restaurants and cafes where you can taste the local cuisine or have a cup of unequalled Triestine coffee. Check out the traditional buffets restaurants where you can find mouth-watering examples of local Austrian and Slavic dishes.

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Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. Ensure your South African passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps. The Italian Embassy in South Africa can be found at 796 George Avenue, Arcadia in Pretoria.

Tel: 012 423 000

Web: Embassy of Italy

Health & Safety

Make sure your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel. Depending on the details of your travel itinerary, some travellers may be required to get vaccines for Hepatitis A and B.

Trieste is one of the safest cities in Italy because it is a border city and border police are often visible. Petty crime is fairly rare, however, you should still practice normal safety precautions by keeping your valuables and important documentation safe and watching out for suspicious activity. You should also keep an eye out for reckless drivers when walking in the city.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Trieste
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R207
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R22 R20 R74
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R18
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R77
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