Discover the Bora wind and enjoy the opera. Medieval roman multi-ethnic Trieste in a cultural and slow life perspective. Cooking class. 5 days.
The winter is not really cold in Trieste, the mean temperature is just one degree below that of Rome. But if you are lucky, you may experience the famous and fascinating Bora wind when fresh air from Russian Sibir is throwing itself from the hills onto the sea in 150 km/hour or more, keeping Trieste clean. Lowering the temperature ten degrees for a day or two.
Arrival Thursday, departure Monday. Accommodation in a 4 star hotel in the centre of Trieste.
Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in meeting with ‘your local friend’. Evening free for a first impression of Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. You may enjoy your FVG card giving free entrance to many attractions. And visit the Bora museum. Dinner in the hotel.
After breakfast, a guided tour of Trieste. The guide will tell you the story of Trieste, including of its roman and medieval past, including its very wealthy period as the Vienna at the sea. We will visit the historic cafés and have lunch in a buffet restaurant that the New York Times found it worth to write a page about. And a tasting of the typical local and mid-European cakes. In the afternoon, a visit to a coffee manufacturer and a course in coffee tasting and making. In the evening, you will enjoy an opera in the Teatro Verdi.
With a ferry, we will take you to Muggia, a Venezian fishing village across the bay. There is the biggest private collection of items related to Beethoven, where you will hear about the ties between the great composer and Trieste. Lunch in a seaside restaurant. After lunch, a visit to the Foibe on the hills above Trieste: After bad treatment of the slavic population by the fascists in the 30ies, the Yugoslavians paid back when occupying Trieste during the Second World War and an estimated 15.000 person were killed or simply thrown into the caves on the Karst above Trieste. We will also visit the maker of Italy’s best honey and hear about how the bees can be trained to produce different honey. Thereafter a visit to the Miramare Castle, built by the Austrian Hungarian Emperor’s brother Maximilian just before he became king of Mexico. Dinner in a nearby seafront restaurant.
Early morning walk on the panoramic Napoleonica path from Opicina to Prosecco (4 km). Visit to the Monte Grisa sanctuary. Either you hate or you love this architectonic construction, wanted by the Pope in 1959 at “the end of the Western World” and opened in 1966. Trieste, as you know, was only a few meters away from the Iron Curtain. Then a stroll in the antiques shop area in Trieste. Every third Sunday in the month, there is also a street market.
Lunch at the Cafe degli Specchi or ‘Café of the Mirrors’ at the Piazza Unità. To have a coffee or aperitif here and watch the rest of the locals encounter on the biggest sea facing square in Europe, is a Sunday habit for the triestini. You may study the poster explaining the 50 ways people normally aske their personalized coffee.
In the afternoon, we will see the Risiera San Sabbia, Italy’s only nazi death camp. Thereafter a tour in Trieste’s monumental graveyard, comparable to the Pere Lachaise in Paris. It is organized in six sections, according to the religions.
In the evening, a cooking class. Dinner in a restaurant near the hotel.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Trieste. Transfer to the airport.
Transfer from & to Trieste airport
Hotel with breakfast.
Lunch and dinner including normal quantity of drinks, coffee, tastings, where indicated in the program
Transfers during the program
Guides and local tour leader
Entrance costs to attractions
Courses and course material
Medical treatment if needed
Telephone and minibar in the hotel
All not mentioned above as included, is excluded