15 Best Day Trips From Trieste, Italy

I’ve been to Trieste dozens of times and its location is one of the best in Europe for day trips. It’s in Italy but right next to the borders with Slovenia and Croatia.

Actually, Trieste was a free zone until 1954 when it was divided between Yugoslavia and Italy. So, you’re guessing it – you can hop between three countries from Trieste on a short day trip, and that’s something you can’t find so often.

In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the most enjoyable and accessible day trips you can take from Trieste.


Probably the most popular day trip from Trieste is a visit to one of the most visited cities in the world – Venice. This unique city is just a 2-hour drive and is known for its network of canals instead of roads. 

Venice is made up of many small islands connected by bridges. It’s famous for places like St. Mark’s Basilica and the large square, Piazza San Marco. People often go there to see the historic buildings and enjoy boat rides on the canals. Venice also hosts big cultural events like the Venice Film Festival.

Pro-tip: Don’t order anything at the cafes in St. Marco’s Square. A single cup of coffee there will cost you over 20 euros. 

If you walk a bit further, you can save about 15 euros per drink. Also, be aware that the prices shown on the menus outside cafes are for takeaway. If you choose to sit down, the prices will be different.

Miramare Castle and Park

Just a short drive from Trieste, Miramare Castle and Park is arguably the single best attraction to see in the Trieste area. This stunning 19th-century castle showcases magnificent architecture and historical richness. 

While there is a ticket required to enter the castle itself, you can explore its expansive garden for free. The garden is so large that you can easily spend an entire day wandering through its beautifully landscaped grounds, enjoying the serene atmosphere and picturesque views. 

If you’re coming by car you should know that there’s no parking, people park by the road like I did as well. 


Almost every Italian city has that old town with dozens of landmarks, and if you want to see one without the tourist crowds and typical tourist traps, then you should go to Udine. 

In Udine, you will experience an authentic Italian atmosphere and see a lot of historical buildings.

It’s just an hour away from Trieste, so you won’t lose much time traveling and there are many things to do in Udine so you won’t regret visiting it.


Cross the border into Slovenia to visit its charming capital, Ljubljana.

This city is a delightful mix of history and modern vibes. Wander through the old town, where you’ll find streets filled with character, lively cafes, and historical buildings. 

Don’t forget to climb up to Ljubljana Castle. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Another must-do is relaxing by the Ljubljanica River, which is lined with outdoor cafes.

If you have time, maybe you could visit Maribor as well. It’s the second largest city in Slovenia and it is less than hour away from Ljubljana.


Experience the beauty of Slovenia’s Adriatic coast with a visit to Piran. This picturesque town is known for its narrow streets, medieval architecture, and stunning sea views. 

Piran’s main square, Tartini Square, is a hub of activity and a great starting point for exploring. Walking along the seafront, you can enjoy the view of the clear blue waters and the town’s charming terracotta rooftops.

Lake Bled

Another place in Slovenia that’s just an hour and a half from Trieste is Lake Bled. This stunning location is famous for its emerald-green lake, the picturesque island in the middle, and a medieval castle perched on a hilltop. 

The beauty of Lake Bled is like something out of a fairy tale, with opportunities for boating to the island or just enjoying a leisurely walk around the lake. In my experience local cuisine in this area is delicious. Carniolan sausages is something you must try.


Just a short drive from Trieste, you’ll find Gorizia. Here you will not know whether you’re in Italy or Slovenia. This town, situated on the border between Italy and Slovenia, is rich in history and has a peaceful, inviting atmosphere. 

You can explore its medieval castle, stroll through the quiet streets, and enjoy the blend of Italian and Slovene culinary delights. Gorizia is an ideal destination for those looking to experience a less-traveled, culturally rich Italian town.

The Škocjan Caves

A UNESCO World Heritage site in Slovenia, the Škocjan Caves are a must-visit for those interested in geology and the beauty of natural landscapes. These caves are known for their enormous underground canyon and unique ecology. 

About an hour’s drive from Trieste, these caves offer an extraordinary experience for nature and adventure enthusiasts. The underground passages and vast caverns create a remarkable natural phenomenon, showcasing the power of water and time.

The Collio Wine Region

Located about an hour’s drive from Trieste, the Collio Wine Region is famous for its exquisite white wines. Spend your day vineyard hopping and tasting some of the best wines Italy has to offer. 

The Collio Wine Region is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful vineyards and here you can learn a lot about wine production from local winemakers.


Verona is just 2.5 hours away by train from Trieste. Known as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” it offers historic sites like the Verona Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater, and Juliet’s balcony. 

Should I mention that Verona’s charming streets and squares are filled with shops and cafes?


Another excellent day trip option from Trieste. It’s famous for the Scrovegni Chapel with Giotto’s frescoes, one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. 

One of the oldest universities in the world and the beautiful Prato della Valle, one of Europe’s largest squares are located in Padua.


A beautiful coastal town in Croatia, Rovinj, is approximately a 2-hour drive from Trieste. This picturesque town is known for its Venetian-era old town, pebbly beaches, and arts scene. 

The narrow, cobbled streets of Rovinj are lined with colorful buildings, leading to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose steeple dominates the skyline. The town’s charming harbor, local markets, and stunning sunsets over the Adriatic Sea make Rovinj a delightful destination.


You don’t have to go to Rome to see a Colosseum, visit Pula in Croatia instead. Just a short drive from Trieste, Pula is home to one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. 

This ancient arena is a remarkable sight and a testament to Roman architecture and engineering. In Pula you will also find old town streets, Venetian-era fortifications just like in other coastal towns in the region.


Aquileia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient Roman ruins and early Christian mosaics. When you visit, make sure to see the Basilica of Aquileia and the Archaeological Area, where you can learn about the town’s fascinating past. 

These sites give a glimpse into the rich history and cultural significance of Aquileia during Roman times and its role in the spread of Christianity.


Located on a peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Grado is known for its sandy beaches, thermal baths, and Roman archaeological sites. This charming seaside town offers a perfect mix of relaxation and historical exploration. 

The beaches here are great for sunbathing and swimming, while you can use the thermal baths for wellness and relaxation. The town also has a rich history, evident in its Roman remains, adding an educational aspect to your visit.