5 reasons to visit Saint Giusto in Trieste
Many tourists when they arrive in Trieste are directed to visit the Miramare castle.
Surely, it is a wonderful place but the city offers many other things to see….
In fact, one of these is precisely the hill of Saint Giusto.
From here began the whole history of Trieste, in fact, you must know that in the beginning, a small village was formed on the hill and then with the arrival of the Romans it became a real strategic point, where the administrative life of the city took place.
The Roman Forum and the temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva were built, of which we can still admire the remains …
This is certainly a good reason to visit Saint Giusto, especially for archeology lovers!
And then, from here you can dominate the whole city and the view is simply gorgeous …
A friend of mine who lives in Ancona, came to see Saint Giusto and was very impressed by the sunset lights …
“I returned to Trieste in 2013 for a conference that took place in the center of the city, but I wanted to stay one more day to return to Saint Giusto. I went there as if on a pilgrimage and I felt the same sense of belonging 50 years before.
I visited the interior of the cathedral, I wandered around the archaeological remains … wrapped in an aura of magic.
I stayed until twilight and watched the splendid spectacle of the city of Trieste beneath me, which gradually lit up with lights. I will never forget this vision. ”
Well, it’s actually very fascinating!
What to see in Saint Giusto?
In addition to the magnificent landscape of the city there are many other things to see in Saint Giusto:
- The castle
- The Cathedral
- The Museum of the Lapidary Garden
- The Museum of History and Art
It was born as a fortress to protect the city from sieges and housed the House of the Imperial Captain of Austria.
Definitely worth a visit because you can still see the whole collection of weapons from the Middle Ages to the 1800s.
Then, you can discover the story of Micheze and Jakeze which are the two bronze statues, symbols of Trieste!
The originals are displayed here, while the copies are positioned above the Trieste Town Hall and mark the hours.
In addition, inside the castle of Saint Giusto, with the same ticket, you can also discover the “Lapidario Tergestino” museum which is located right in the Lailo bastion of 1500.
Here many Roman finds are collected including the floors of a villa found in Barcola, a seaside area of Trieste.
If you have come to Saint Giusto you must absolutely see its Cathedral!
It is imposing! Each element of the facade has a precise meaning and is shaped in full harmony, forming a work of art!
Entrance to the cathedral is free, but if you want to see the altars illuminated, bring some 1 euro coins. Do you think that inside there is also a treasure that you absolutely must visit!
The Lapidarium garden
Near the Cathedral there is the entrance of the Lapidary Garden, also in this case, the entrance is free!
The main thing to see is certainly Winckelman’s Cenotaph, father of modern archeology.
The Cenotaph is not his grave but a monument that was dedicated to this important figure.
Unfortunately, Winckelman died in Trieste in the ” Locanda Grande” in which was located in “Piazza Unità”.
He was killed by another traveler for 20 coins.
Today, his body rests under the churchyard of the Cathedral of Saint Giusto.
Every summer the Rossetti theater company organizes in August the scenic representation of this story of blood within the Lapidary Garden.
It is extremely suggestive and I recommend it because you have the opportunity to visit this place at night.
But let’s go back to our monument! It is in neoclassical style and was sculpted by Antonio Bosa, but under Canova’s approval!
But if you are still not convinced, going down the stairs of the Lapidario garden you will find the Museum of History and Art.
Before entering, however, take a stroll in the garden and you can see for yourself the remains of the ancient walls of the Middle Ages.
On the first floor are the remains of the prehistoric age, found in the Karst caves.
But the highlight of the museum is definitely the Rython which is a fawn-shaped silver vase. This was used in rituals to drink wine.
This hill is so full of history and charm that I decided to write a guide “I love Saint Giusto guide book” that explains the whole hill!
It is a completely different guide from the others, because I am with you and I will explain everything you see before your eyes!
In short, it is like an audio guide but written! You can find it on Amazon in kindle format
Or you can find also in paper format
How to get to Saint Giusto?
Starting from the train station you can take bus no. 24 and in 10 minutes you arrive at the hill.
Or, another even more valid way is to use the Hop on / off service that allows you to visit the whole city with your times and with an audio guide that explains the history of the city. It is very convenient because you can get off at the different stops and then get back on.
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