The quiet little brother of Italian cities, Trieste can often be forgotten when planning a sightseeing trip to the nation. Whereas plenty of people flock to Milan or Rome, Trieste, tucked in the far northeast of the country, is passed by.
However, you shouldn't let this put you off, as Trieste's understated charms and almost Eastern European atmosphere make it a city with a perfect mix of Italian flair and Slavic beauty. To see everything that Trieste has to offer, be sure to hire a car from Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport with DriveNow - we'll get you the best deal.
Though a fairly small airport by international standards, Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (we'll just call it Trieste Airport to save your tongue from twisting!) operates flights to several European countries. These include Germany, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. It serves around 750,000 people a year, and the airport also has excellent car hire facilities.
Once you land, you'll notice such reputable car hire firms as Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, SIXT and Europcar, and you can arrange to have a vehicle ready and waiting for you before you've even boarded your flight to Italy. Make your way over to the car hire terminal, hand over your documentation and away you go - it's as simple as that! It's approximately 40 kilometres from the airport into central Trieste along the E70. Though that might seem a long way, it's a scenic journey - and you'll be in the city centre before you know it!
Trieste Harbour acts as a brilliant meeting point in the city, and with four piers and a lengthy breakwater, it also forms a scenic backdrop for a hearty Italian meal or cheeky glass of vino as the sun sinks into the sea behind the grand yachts.
The Teatro Romano was built in the first century AD on the orders of Emperor Octavius, and incredibly, most of it is still there. The stone steps and statues that surround the ancient theatre really give a sense of what the atmosphere would have been like all those years ago - not that much of it has dwindled in the 2,000 years since it was built.
Finish off your stay in Trieste with a visit to the Museo del Mare. This museum houses a huge collection of model ships, many of which are classed as artistic pieces themselves. From big sailing vessels to small fishing boats, this place gives a fascinating insight into the city's maritime past.
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