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Trieste is a place like no other in Italy. This elegant port city at the head of the Adriatic has a remarkably un-Italian feel – and that’s no surprise. Trieste was long the principal port of the Habsburg Empire, so it was shaped by Viennese politics and culture, not by influences from Rome. Even today, the city’s coffee houses have a Mitteleuropa ambiance.

But Trieste is more than a Vienna-by-the- sea, it is where the Latin and Slavic worlds collide. The border with Slovenia snakes through the suburbs of Trieste. In the Cold War years, Trieste rivalled Berlin in the spy game. Yugoslavia was just over the horizon. Trieste was a key transit point between the two Europes, and the city played its cards deftly, maintaining good relations with both sides. It was not until the Treaty of Osimo in 1975 that the future of Trieste as part of Italy was definitively settled. It is this peculiar history, along with beautiful architecture and a lively cosmopolitan feel, that make Trieste one of those cities that everyone must at some time visit. Compulsory reading for any Trieste journey is Jan Morris’ book "Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere".

Trieste is the end of the line for train travellers. Italian rail routes from Venice and Udine creep by Miramare Castle and run into the middle of Trieste, where they terminate at the stazione centrale. Oddly, there is no cross-border link from Trieste Centrale to Slovenia. But there are trains to destinations across Italy, including four very chic Frecciarossa trains each day to Milan, which is about four hours away (with two of those trains continuing beyond Milan to Turin). From Trieste to Rome, there is a choice of a once-daily high-speed Frecciargento service, slightly slower Intercity trains (two per day) or an overnight service. The latter takes ten hours, with a choice of sleepers, couchettes or seated accomodation.

Local trains to Monfalcone, Gorizia, Udine and Venice leave at least hourly from Trieste Centrale. If you want to head east from Trieste, there is a direct cross-border local train service from Villa Opicina station, tucked away in the hills north-east of the city. Trieste and Villa Opicina are linked by a remarkable Habsburg-era tramway. We don’t sell tickets for journeys from Villa Opicina to Slovenia here on Loco2, but you can just buy the ticket on the train. There are also plenty of buses from the centre of Trieste to the Istrian coastal resorts of Slovenia and Croatia.

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Milan to Trieste by train

from £18.40

Avg 0 changes 3hr 43m

Venice to Trieste by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 25m

Padua to Trieste by train

from £13.60

Avg 0 changes 1hr 52m

Vicenza to Trieste by train

from £15.10

Avg 0 changes 2hr 26m

Portogruaro to Trieste by train

from £8.20

Avg 0 changes 53m

Treviso to Trieste by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 2hr 27m

Florence to Trieste by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 4hr 50m

Zurich to Trieste by train

from £54.50

Avg 1 change 8hr 13m

Cervignano del Friuli to Trieste by train

from £4.40

Avg 0 changes 34m

Bologna to Trieste by train

from £12.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 51m

Gorizia to Trieste by train

from £4.40

Avg 0 changes 44m

Paris to Trieste by train

from £54.20

Avg 1 change 10hr 43m

Latisana to Trieste by train

from £6.90

Avg 0 changes 50m

Turin to Trieste by train

from £27.70

Avg 0 changes 4hr 43m

Monfalcone to Trieste by train

from £3.10

Avg 0 changes 23m

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Verona to Trieste by train

from £18.40

Avg 0 changes 2hr 29m

Rome to Trieste by train

from £37.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 11m

Udine to Trieste by train

from £7.00

Avg 0 changes 59m

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