The Costiera Triestina that links Sistiana to Trieste in Friuli is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Italy
The 10-mile coastline overlooking the Gulf of Trieste
along the Adriatic sea and through the rocks of Carso is a definitely unique area. 'Costiera Triestina
' (pic n°3)(pic n°4)(pic n°5) is the name of the road that runs along this coast, and it is one of the most scenic drives in Italy!
It was built in the 1920s in order to facilitate the flow of tourists visiting this amazing area. Driving along the road it will be a real pleasure for your eyes. The magnificent rocky Carso Plateau on one side and the clear-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea on the other side will leave you breathless. Take your time to enjoy the views and take unforgettable pictures, stopping at one of the many lookouts along the road.
The tour starts from the picturesque Sistiana Bay
(pic n°6), which extends from the last rocks of Duino cliffs to Aurisina, a beautiful complex of caves. For centuries, Aurisina has supplied the famous white stones that have been used in the construction of many buildings since Roman times. One of these buildings is the beautiful Miramare Castle, which lies just a few miles from Sistiana.
(pic n°1) was built from 1856 to 1860 at the request of Archduke Maximilian of Austria, and it boasts a lovely and strategic location, being built on a rocky karst promontory overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. The Archduke personally followed both the design of the castle and the project of the 22-acre park, an Italian garden embellished with rare plants, sculptures and ponds, as well as wide steps leading down to the sea. The castle itself consists of more than 20 rooms, among them, do not forget to give a deeper look at Saletta Novara, Maximilian's studio built like a ship, and at Sala del Trono, the sumptuous throne room.
You will find several side streets along the road, from which you can go down to the sea, and enjoy some hours of sea life. The small port of Santa Croce and Grignano Bay are good places where to stop and relax a bit!
The scenic drive on the Costiera Triestina ends in Trieste
, a city full of charm that stretches between the blue sea and the sky. It looks like a kind of mirage to those who reaches it from the coastal road. Also thanks to its location on the Italian-Slovenian border, Trieste is a melting pot of religions, architectures, cultures, languages, and ethnic groups.
Read more about Trieste: Discover Trieste, the cosmopolitan pearl of the Adriatic Sea
Breathtaking views over the Gulf of Trieste during the whole tour!