here is one example of excursion:

Trieste – Muggia – Friuli – ITA


Trieste – San Giuseppe – Dolina – Caresana – Muggia

The route…

The route extending on an asphalt road is easy due to flat ground for the total distance of 24 km. The estimated time is 1 hour 20 min / 1 hour 30 min. In this regard we suggest using a city bicycle or a trekking bicycle. An interesting option is to return to Trieste by ferry. For ferry schedule go to: http://www.triestetrasporti.it/index.php?trieste-muggia-giornaliera-annuale.


The route runs for a small part through the city, but mostly through the surrounding villages before reaching Muggia. In addition to the beauty of the city of Trieste, which we strongly advise to see before taking this journey, the route offers the history of Muggia, where on the hill of Muggia Vecchia (Old Muggia) you can observe the Archeological park of Muggia Vecchia (Castrum Muglae) and visit the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the only building left standing, and the medieval archaeological remains of the medieval settlement. The Castle of Muggia overlooking the harbour is open to the public on special occasions, especially for cultural and musical events. The first nucleus of the castle was a tower built by the patriarch of Aquileia Marquard of Randeck in 1374. Later was added a four-sided stronghold to accommodate a garrison of soldiers, the construction of which lasted until 1399. The tower battlements are flat. In 1701 started the first restoration works, but they were realised only in 1735 , at the push of the government of the Republic of Venice, as Muggia was a part of it. In the 19th Century the castle fell into a state of disrepair, which lasted almost until the end of the second millennium. Also interesting is the Cathedral of Muggia, which was built in 1263 on the ruins of a small church with three apses of the 12th Century, also dedicated to the same saints. The church underwent a total renovation between 1444 and 1467.

History and Culture

In order to tell the history of this area, we have to go back to prehistoric times, to the pre-Roman period when it was called Tergeste, to the Roman colonisation, when it was called Tergestum, which was related to the fact that the Roman soldiers had to fight three battles to defeat the local inhabitants, and continue to the Middle Ages and to still open wounds caused by World War I and World War II. We do not feel like telling the intense history of the area, which could lead away from the purpose of this site, which is to breathe the history and landscape through cycling, so we shall let you discover historical and cultural beauties of this mixed and varied area on a bicycle. Please find below websites, where you can learn more about the area. Also Muggia has an intense history starting with protohistory (Iron Age, 8th – 6th Century BC) when a fortified village (castelliere) was built. Throughout centuries Muggia was under Ostrogoth, Lombard, Byzantine and Frank dominations. In 931 the kings of Italy Hugh and Lothair donated it to the Parthiarch of Aquileia. In 1354 it was attacked by the Genoese, but in 1420 it chose to pass under the Republic of Venice. Contemporary history was characterised by the agony of World War II, which you can learn more about in the links below.


The cuisine of Trieste reflects the living traditions of the many populations that have passed through the city. For centuries Trieste, an international prestigious economic and cultural centre, has gathered very different people and culinary traditions. From that diversity was born a particularly varied and tasty cuisine that has admirably succeeded in combining Mediterranean and Central European gastronomy. The peculiarity of the traditional Trieste cuisine is not only seafood recipes and dishes, justified by the presence of fish rich waters of the Adriatic, but also meat dishes, thanks to the traditional ties of the city with the Karst hinterland and the Danube region. In fact, the seafood dishes of Trieste are predominantly inspired by the Venetian-Istrian and Dalmatian tradition, while the meat specialties are linked to the Central European gastronomy. Also the first courses are particularly tasty and various, and the desserts are considered to be among the finest in Italy. We would like to mention a few of the typical soups: jota, made with sauerkraut, bacon, finely-ground beans and potatoes. To make this dish even better are added some pork ribs and a piece of sausage.
A soup called “minestra de bobici” with beans (possibly Borlotti beans), corn (named bobici in Triestine dialect), smoked ham and a sprinkling of pepper. A soup called “minestra de bisi spacai” (split peas in Triestine dialect), a sort of cream made of dry peas. Also very popular in Trieste is the barley and bean soup, and finally there is the fish stew. Do not miss wine tastings in typical taverns of Trieste. The local white wines are considered among the best in Europe.






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