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Piazza Unità d'Italia (Piazza Grande) Tours and Activities

Piazza Unità d'Italia (Piazza Grande)
Trieste’s magnificent Piazza Unità d'Italia, also known as Piazza Grande, facing the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. This large open space—the largest seafront square in Europe—lined with sumptuous 19th- and 20th-century palaces and historic cafés, is the very heart of the city.

The Basics
The palaces around Trieste’s main square now house City Hall, the headquarters of the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and the prefecture. There are also a number of literary cafés on the square—most famously the Caffè degli Specchi, dating from 1839 and a favorite haunt of Joyce, Kafka, and Italo Svevo—and the elegant 18th-century Fountain of the Four Continents in the center. 

For an in-depth exploration of the square, join a private tour to discover Trieste that also hits  nearby highlights like the Castle of San Giusto and Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The center of Trieste is compact, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes if joining a walking tour.
  • Since the square is closed to traffic, it's a relaxing spot for a stroll with kids.
  • As one of the main ports for coffee imports in Europe, Trieste has a strong coffee culture, and the square is crowded with vibrant cafés. 
  • Piazza Unità d'Italia is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There
Trieste is located in northern Italy, just across the border from Slovenia, and makes an easy day trip from Venice. Centrally located Piazza Unita d'Italia is a short walk from the train station.

When to Get There
The best time of day to visit the square is after sunset, when it twinkles with lights and offers lovely views over the Gulf of Trieste. The square hosts a pretty Christmas market in December.

The Square as Concert Hall
Piazza Unità d'Italia has been a venue for a number of large rock concerts, including international acts like Iron Maiden and Green Day as well as Italian stars including Franco Battiato.
Address: Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia, Trieste, Italy
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Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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The port town of Trieste is known for its scenic waterfront, historic monuments, and lively piazzas. This hop-on hop-off bus tour is ideal for first-time visitors, offering the convenience of a guided tour but the flexibility of independent sightseeing. Valid for 24 hours, you can stay on-board and listen to the audio commentary, or jump off at any of the 16 stops to visit sights such as Venezia Square, Miramare Castle, and the Grande Canal.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.32
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$13.32

Guided tour of Trieste / walking tour of Trieste with an authorized guide

Guided tour of Trieste / walking tour of Trieste with an authorized guide

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Come and discover the real Trieste, a cosmopolitan city, with an official, professional and kind guide who will introduce you to all the important places that have marked the history of this wonderful city. From Colonia Romana it has become "the little Vienna on the sea" thanks to the Free Port for being today a city dedicated to science. The tour of Trieste can only start from its magnificent Piazza Unità d'Italia, which opens onto the Gulf of Trieste, surrounded by splendid neo-classical style buildings. We will take a tour to discover the history, literature and art in a unique city with testimonies ranging from Roman times to the Middle Ages to reach the splendor of the Habsburg era. We will visit together its Roman remains, the medieval part with the splendid cathedral and the Hapsburg part passing along excavations, churches, squares, palaces, the grand canal and grand café. The city famous for its strong wind, called the bora, awaits you!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$216.78
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Walking Tour

Walking Tour

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It’s a new way of thinking about a Tour, on an experiential level and immersion in the local reality! The aim is to offer, in the short time of one hour, a wealth of authentic local culture to the traveller, through the locals, the stories and anecdotes of the city. Our Walking Tour represents the experience of a guided tour along a historical-architectural itinerary made accessible to all, through the knowledge and eyes of those who, Trieste, live it every day.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.74
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Habsburg Trieste: private walking tour with a local guide

Habsburg Trieste: private walking tour with a local guide

Explore Trieste with your own private guide on a walking tour that features the history of the Habsburg Dynasty in this northeastern city in Italy. You’ll see Habsburg landmarks in plazas and squares throughout Trieste, which was once the fourth largest city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and an important port for the Mediterranean region.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.11
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Trieste Habsburg Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Trieste Habsburg Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

A city brimming with eclectic architecture, impressive history and literary undercurrents, the imperial Trieste is an elegant Italian port city with plenty of hidden secrets waiting to be discovered. Lesser-visited - but with plenty to offer - explore it all on this private walking tour with a local guide, who’ll peel back the layers to reveal this city’s true charm and unshakable spirit.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Explore highlights of Trieste on a private 3-hour walking tour

Explore highlights of Trieste on a private 3-hour walking tour

Trieste is a marvelous Italian town with reach historical and cultural background. Settled at the north end of the Adriatic sea and surrounded by the Karst tableland Trieste has always been in the middle of major trading routes. One of the best ways to discover this beautiful city is our private walking tour. Learn about its history, admire its architecture, and hear many fascinating legends related to this city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$299.19
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$299.19
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Food and Wine tasting experience in Trieste traditional farmhouse Osmiza

Food and Wine tasting experience in Trieste traditional farmhouse Osmiza

Discover what exactly are these osmizas? Osmizas are places where local wines (Terrano, Vitovska, and Malvasia) and traditional foods (eggs, sausages, salamis, and cheeses) can be bought and enjoyed just where they are produced. In 1784 peasants were allowed to sell foods and wines they raised and produced right in their cellars. In the region of Trieste, there are about 50 osmizas. On this tour, we will take you to the best, carefully chosen osmizas, the traditional farmhouse where you'll be able to taste authentic homemade products and local wines in a friendly, rustic atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
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Trieste and Miramare Castle - Express

Trieste and Miramare Castle - Express

This excursion is designed for those who have little time but want to discover the wonders and spirit of the city. An authorized guide will wait for you to lead you to the discovery of the splendid Hapsburg Trieste with its spectacular Miramare Castle This tour has a minimum number of 8 participants. If the minimum number is missing, the tour will be canceled or an alternative will be proposed
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.65
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Best of Trieste. Guided walk of Trieste and visit to Miramare Castle

Best of Trieste. Guided walk of Trieste and visit to Miramare Castle

It is a complete and exclusive tour that will allow you to calmly discover the beauty of the city of Trieste and the fairytale Miramare castle. Including a small sweet tasting. The tour includes a minimum of 6 participants, therefore the tour will be confirmed 48 hours before.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Trieste and Miramare Castle - Express. PRIVATE TOUR

Trieste and Miramare Castle - Express. PRIVATE TOUR

This excursion is designed for those who have little time but want to discover the wonders and spirit of the city. An authorized guide will wait for you to lead you to discover the splendid Hapsburg Trieste with its spectacular Miramare Castle
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  • 4 hours
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