The Grotta Fioravante has garnered public interest thanks to its rich history. Archaeological excavations have unearthed artifacts which are can be dated back to the Mesolithic period. Later, the cave was also used as a cellar by the royal family and afterwards in the 20th century, it also bore witness to the World Wars. During the Second World War, the cave was used as a waste deposit by the allied forces.
This is not simply a piazza, but the very heart of Trieste: its lounge, its soul, its business center, as well as the commercial and political center. Very busy of course during the week , it plays an important role on Sunday mornings when thousands of people descend on this large European piazza that overlooks the sea. Here, they drink coffee, meet friends, colleagues and acquaintances, all in a very unique atmosphere. The piazza also accommodates many concerts, festivals, shows and exhibitions. Shaped in a perfect rectangle and surrounded by amazing palaces: the Municipio with its clock tower; the Stratti, housing General Insurance and also the Caffè degli Specchi and the Palazzo del Lloyd Trestino, which once housed the oldest Italian navigation company. Finally there is also the Prefettura or government palace and the lovely Art Nouveau building that houses the fine Duca d'Aosta hotel. And at the piazza's center stands the 18th'century Quattro Continenti fountain, the former terminal of the Maria Teresa d'Austria aqueduct. It would be a grave sin to visit Trieste and not have a coffee in this lovely piazza.
The Jewish community of Trieste has a long established cultural tradition. Throughout the Centuries, many of the most famous cultural exponents of the city came from the Jewish community. This small, but important museum traces their history and their work. The collection is made up of ritual objects, silver and materials. Guided visits out of hours are possible on request.
The Riserva Naturale della Val Rosandra is an evocative corner of the Kras Plateau above Trieste. It is just 20 minutes away from the city center going towards Muggia, and is the destination of tourists, spelunkers, and mountain climbers, every weekend. It is located in the San Dorligo della Valle administrative area and is a real natural paradise with a spectacular landscape of cliffs, piles of rocks, and rocky walls overhanging the torrent which crosses through the valley. The wild and rough aspect of some sites in the valley have given rise to numerous local legends about the mysterious princess Rosandra, or even, Charlemagne. The locals say that a walk in this valley frees your mind and reinforces the body. Who knows? What is certain is that it is a place full of charm. There are all sorts of things to discover in the valley. You could spend a whole day walking here, perhaps stopping for a picnic by the river or eating at the Mario Premuda refuge.
The first section of the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale includes material which is open for public display and there is also a section reserved for students and specialists. The botanic collection has around 30 herbs and other material from the region and the rest of the country. There is a large zoological section, with an entire room devoted to coral and mother pearl. There is also marine life, amphibians and reptiles from all over the world and a section for marine mammals called "Giants of the Sea." In addition, there is a rich paleontological and mineral collection, with the reptile Carsosaurus as one of the oldest fossils and some remains of a carnivorous dinosaur found in Duino, between Carso and the sea. There is also an area dedicated to prehistoric man and human anatomy, with a man's brain from Mompaderno being of particular interest.
The Servola district is perhaps the most distinctive area in Trieste. It has enchanting narrow streets and an old world atmosphere. It is fame is due to the carnival parade that passes through here as well as its history and unique traditions. This small museum is the place to see the habits and characteristics of the people of the area, through documents, ornaments, furnishings, photos and prints. A lovely, successful place.
Hidden away in the alleyways of Muggia, in an enchanting area at the foot of a medieval castle, is this old, small church devoted to San Francesco. After having visited the church, ask to see the Consoli collection, which is in a small room where hundreds of cribs from all over the world are kept. An original and delightful collection which is a good reason to spend a day in this peaceful village by the sea.
Cartesius art gallery is situated in Via Carducci, in the center of Trieste. The gallery periodically prepares exhibitions with artists, such as Giuseppe Zigaina, Franco Rosso and Bruno Ponte. Cartesius is a modern and contemporary art gallery, dealing with local artists, organizing shows and proposing their works in fairs, or to collectors. Franco Rosso is one of the most important artists represented by the gallery: he was initially an expressionist but extended his research through geometrical rationalism using colors as spatial order, similar to the Russian constructive artists. You can make contact with an artist or director by going to the gallery during their exhibition or by calling for an appointment.
The Bonifika Stadium is a football stadium which is a part of Bonifika sports complex. Built in 1947, the stadium was named after the city. After heavy reconstruction in 2010, it has a current capacity of 4,047 seats. The stadium is home of the FC Koper.
The Holy Trinity Church, located on in the small mountain village of Hrastovlje, is a fortified stone church believed to built in the 12th or the 15th Century. It features Romanesque style of architecture with some elements of Venetian Renaissance and was constructed as a part of a defensive structure for the villagers to protect them against attacks of invading Turkish armies. Even with its remarkable architecture and rich historical background, the church is mostly well known for the stunning wall frescoes decorating its inner walls painted by the noted artist John of Kastav in 1490. The most popular attraction is the mural called 'Dance of Death' depicting the rich and poor alike, equally treated by God towards the end. Today, visitors can view these amazing paintings with the option of a guided tour or listen to a taped multi-lingual commentary available at the site.
Constructed in 1964, the public sports venue of Nova Gorica offers a multitude of facilities like an Olympic pool, an indoor pool, a football ground, a basketball court, volleyball courts, tennis grounds, an athletic track, a large football stadium and a fitness center as well. Various activity programs of kids, adults and seniors are available here as well. Outside the stadium, there is a separate sports center owned by the institution, offering activities like skating, kayaking and table tennis.