Portopiccolo lies on a breathtaking stretch of coastline in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Sheltered within a secluded bay, this exclusive destination lies just north of Trieste, an elegant city with regal traces of its Austro-Hungarian past. Once home to James Joyce, this cosmopolitan locale gracefully merges with the natural surroundings from the dazzling Adriatic Sea to the mountains of Austria, Slovenia, and Italy.
A stone bridge with wide arches leads to a walled medieval city that appears plucked straight out of a fairytale. Founded in 53 B.C. by Julius Caesar, this UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for a pleasant day trip of visiting dramatic cathedrals and cafes in the quaint town squares. In mid-July, the town hosts the Mittlefest celebration of Central European dance, theater and music, and in late August the Palio di San Donato festival transforms the town into a medieval fair.
Follow in the footsteps of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who found a muse in the jaw-dropping scenery spied from this rugged pathway that runs alongside the Falesie di Duino Nature Reserve. Former World War II military outposts now serve as scenic overlooks for taking in the wide-sweeping Sistiana Bay and Gulf of Trieste views.
Glide along the Marano-Grado Lagoon in a traditional batèla, a flat-bottom rowboat guided by an oarsman standing at attention in the boat’s stern. This tranquil lagoon in the Northern Adriatic is dotted with nearly 120 islands and is considered to be the twin of the Venice Lagoon. Lengthy stretches of uninhabited shoreline make this the ideal home for migratory birds.
This magnificent Italianate palace with sky-piercing medieval turrets was constructed by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg for his wife Charlotte of Belgium. A gleaming edifice of white stone, it rises grandly from a Mediterranean cliff, surrounded by lush gardens. Original mahogany furnishings, brocade drapery, and priceless portraiture fill a richly outfitted interior, including the royal chambers and throne room.
Once a pillar of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this radiant city boasts one of Europe's most powerful shipping ports and one of its most charming old towns. Merging the elegance of Viennese coffee houses with the splendor of palatial imperial architecture, Trieste is a cultural jewel that attracts renowned artists and writers with its romantic atmosphere and poetic scenery. Linger with the locals in the Piazza Unita d’Italia, the main square and one of Italy’s most grand.
Kick off spring in the scenic Duino-Aurisina region with this multi-day festival at the Duino Castle that features markets, art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and more.Learn More
For one day in late spring, a handful of the most magnificent historic villas in the Friuli Venezia Giulia countryside open their doors and grounds to the public for free tours.Learn More
The tiny mountain town of Sauris, tucked away a short drive from Portopiccolo, is best-known for its particular cured ham, which is celebrated during this weeklong annual festival.Learn More
Held in the Duino Castle, this exhibition showcases the region’s experiences in World War I, focusing on everyone from soldiers and volunteers to civilians.Learn More
One of Italy’s most iconic and longest-running sailing regattas, this race in the Gulf of Trieste turns Portopiccolo and its neighboring coastline into a weeklong festival.Learn More
Taste the traditional flavors of the region surrounding Portopiccolo and Trieste at this popular, annual food and wine festival in Trieste.
The first literary festival dedicated to books about and written during World War I, this three-day event attracts notable writers from across Europe and is held in the Duino Castle.Learn More
Spend the day at the hotel's Beach Club beside the stunning infinity-edge pool overlooking the sea, or lounging on a stretch of sand. Boat rentals are also available.Learn More
Be a Chef for a day and learn the secrets and art of traditional, creative, fusion or Mediterranean cuisine from a master Italian chef.Learn More
Indulge in one of the most insider experiences in the Karst with an invitation to the farmhouse of Torri di Silvia, followed by a private tour of Silvia caves with a local wine, ham and cheese tasting.Learn More