A Walking Journey from Duino to Trieste

IT - Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • From 486 €
  • Holiday type Hiking
  • Duration 5 days
  • Difficulty Level Easy

On this five-day trek, you will set out to discover a wonderful area and the beauty it has to offer: Venezia Giulia. With its varied territory and its unique historical and cultural identity, offers an answer to the still unresolved question for many: what’s better, the sea or the mountain?

Starting from Duino you will be able to ascend in altitude and explore some areas of the Karst plateau passing through Opicina and Basovizza. You will then begin a descent towards the picturesque Gulf of Trieste through the Rosandra Valley Reserve ending with a beautiful boat trip from Muggia to Trieste that will allow you to savour, both during the journey and once you get off, the elegance and Mitteleuropean charm of the Julian capital that so many people, including poets, writers and playwrights, have fallen in love with. Venezia Giulia offers more than just beautiful landscapes and rich culture; its culinary aspect is equally significant. The region is characterized by the Carso’s renowned “Osmize,” family-owned agricultural businesses offering typical products amidst pristine nature. In Trieste, the old city of “Cavana” boasts numerous restaurants with a delightful blend of Italian, Austrian, and Slovenian flavours, including the famous Jota soup—a culinary experience best enjoyed with a glass of wine or Spritz.

Included and Not Included Services

Accommodation in B&B`s and hotels of a 3*** and 4**** category

Breakfast buffet or full breakfast


Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

Well planned routes

Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Navigation app

Arrival to the starting point of the tour

Departure at the end of the tour

Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

Lunch, Dinner

Ticket for Delfino Verde Boat

Not mentioned entries

Travel insurance

All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

The Castello di San Giusto is situated on the hill of the same name, the ancient centre of Trieste and is a medieval castle and fortress built in 1471.
Duino Trieste
Popular tourist destination on a karst rock high above the sea. A visit to the castle with its charming garden, the beautiful staircase and rooms furnished with historical furniture is impressive.
Admire the botanical variety in the park surrounding the Castle or enjoy the view over the Gulf of Trieste!
Muggia is the first town on the Istrian peninsula and the last coastal town before the border with Slovenia.

Day 1: Duino

Individual arrival at the hotel in Duino or Monfalcone, gateway to Venezia Giulia.

Day 2: Duino – Santa Croce

(ascent: 409 m - descent 199 m)

The first day features a visit to Duino Castle, a monument dating back to the 14th century, situated above the sea and surrounded by a particularly evocative panorama. "Being here is the wonder”, wrote the Austrian-Hungarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke about the beauty of this place, and it is to the poet that the trail towards which you will walk is named. Along this elevated path, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire coastline.

At the end of the Rilke trail, you will reach Sistiana and then continue to another splendid and evocative castle: Miramare Castle. The ancient imperial residence, together with the surrounding gardens, offers a plunge into the past and the magnificence of the era when Trieste and Venezia Giulia were an integral part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a favourite destination of its rulers, first and foremost Princess Sissi.

You will then continue to Santa Croce, where you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Santa Croce - Opicina - Basovizza

(Ascent: 404 m - descent 265 m)

On this second day's hike, you will continue into the Karst area and visit one of the major sights in the Julian territory: the Grotta Gigante. Located in the village of the same name, this cave is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most prominent tourist cave in the world and is certainly worth a visit.

Returning next in the direction of Prosecco, you will take the Strada Napoleonica, an elevated path overlooking the sea from which you will enjoy an exceptional view of Trieste and the gulf in its entirety and which will lead you to the town of Opicina. Here you can visit the obelisk of the same name before continuing to the final point of this stage: Basovizza.

Day 4: Basovizza - Muggia - Trieste

(ascent: 612 m - descent 987 m)

Leaving Basovizza behind you will continue towards Muggia, a stone's throw from the border with Slovenia. First, however, you will pass through the Rosandra Valley Reserve; nestled between the coast and the plateau, perfect for lovers of nature hikes and waterways, this valley will almost make you forget that you are in a seaside resort. At the beginning of the Sentiero dell'Amicizia (Friendship Trail), which leads into the lower part of the valley, you will also find the Premuda Refuge, 82 metres above sea level, the lowest refuge in Italy.

After you visit Rosandra Valley, you will continue to the final steps of the tour. You will first arrive in Muggia, an ancient and picturesque fishing village, which, with its lanes, small harbour and castle towering above it, exudes an atmosphere typical of Italian towns.

From here, you will then board a boat in the direction of Trieste and disembark after about half an hour on the Bersaglieri Pier, right in front of Europe's largest seafront square: Piazza Unità d'Italia.

Day 5: Trieste

Individual departure from Trieste or the possibility to extend your stay.

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It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night in double room with breakfast Duino 79 €
Single room supplement per night Duino 35 €
Price per night in double room with breakfast Trieste 89 €
Single room supplement per night Trieste 35 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

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Available for groups from 6 persons and on request
It's recommended to obtain a travel cancellation insurance. The indicated price is subject to changes, print and calculation errors.

B&Bs and hotels of a 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Depending on the start hotel, parking facilities are available (reservation not possible).

Tour information

  • Duration 5 days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Distance 50 - 54.1 km