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The BETFOR Association has organised a group visit every two years since it was formed. The last visit was in June 2009. There are photos in the Journal and on this website. Visits have proved so popular that they may well become an annual event.

Larry Southgate, who lived in the city for many years, has put together a mini guide for those members who may wish to visit Trieste independently.

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Visiting Trieste


  Trieste mia, che nostalgia, sento lontan da te, son vagabondo, mi giro il mondo,ma penso sempre a te.

            or to put what is almost the national anthem of the city into English:

Oh my Trieste, what nostalgia I feel, a long way away from you, like a vagabond I have travelled the world, but think always of you…

 

So now for all you lovers of the city of Trieste, we dedicate this page..   They will, I hope,  provide you with the information you require on how to get there, what to do when you do get there, where to eat, where to drink, where to stay, what to see.

 

First things first.  

HOW TO GET THERE?

 

Obviously, one thinks immediately of travel by air:  Ryanair, EasyJet, British Airways.   Ryanair flies to the Ronchi dei Legionari airport which serves Trieste from Birmingham, Bristol, Stansted and Brussels.   EasyJet flies to Treviso and Venice from East Midlands, Bristol and Gatwick, plus Stansted to Ljubljana from where you can get a train. The train will take you only as far as Sezana (Opicina) where you would need to take a bus into Trieste. Google "Slovenia Railways" for the website which will give you timetables and fares.

Ryanair fly to Treviso from Liverpool. You need to get a bus from just outside the airport into the town and the raiway station. Bus tickets should be bought from the kiosk just inside the airport terminal.  Jet2 also flies to Venice from Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Edinburgh.   British Airways flies to Venice from Heathrow and Gastwick but they are not cheap.   The first three are fairly cheap and use airports in the UK which are quite convenient for those of you who don’t live near to London.


The bus between Ronchi dei Legionari an Trieste, via Monfalcone and Duino, is the No 51. It's every half hour and the jouney takes about an hour; it's 32 km.  It is cheaper to buy your bus ticket in the airport rather than on the bus.Taxis cost between 55 and 60 Euros.

  

 There is, however, a way to travel with BA which will cost you next to nothing.   Join Airmiles, the organisation started a long time ago by NATWEST.  Log onto www.Airmiles.com.  This costs you nothing and there are a lot of places in the UK which give you Airmiles when you shop there.   TESCO, Shell, E-On plus many others will give you Airmiles.   Better than discounts?   1500 Airmiles will take you from London with BA to Venice return,  2000 Airmiles return if you travel from regional airports.            There are other ways to get to the city.   Remember the old MEDLOC ‘C’ route?

 

 You can still go that way.   A ferry from Harwich or from Hull.   Harwich to the Hook of Holland.   Hull with Nordsee ferries to Zeebrugge.   There are also most probably ferries from Newcastle to the Hook or to Zeebrugge.   Then you need to use the Continental Rail services which are, generally, far cheaper than the Rail services in the UK..   Landing in the Hook you need to go to Rotterdam, just down the road, and catch a train through Arnhem for Frankfurt-am-Main and Munster.   Then down to Villach and Tarvisio, Udine and finally Trieste.  Landing in Zeebrugge head to Brussels.   A train to Mannheim, Munster and Villach, etc.   Nowadays of course there is also the Trans-Europe Express train service which you need to explore.

 

If you have money (and to spare), catch the Euroexpress from London to Paris.   There used to be an overnight train across to Venice and on to Trieste and Istanbul but you need to check on that.

 

 All of these services can be researched on the Internet and some of the sites you find also give you the opportunity to book and print out your tickets on line much the same as the Airlines.   No computer?   Any good travel agent should be able to do the job for you as well.   Your local library should also have computers you can use.

You could also use these routes travelling by car.   Two and a half days, camping overnight or staying in hotels and guest-houses.   Great way to go and you have the added benefit of a car at your disposal once in Trieste..

 

So now you have arrived in Italy.   Ryanair to Ronchi presents no problems.   There is a bus-service from the Airport to the city, which drops you off at the bus-station

which is right next door to the Rail Station.   If you have arrived in Treviso there is a train service direct to Trieste.   Go on the Internet and log-in to TrenItalia which will give you times and fares – don’t worry, the website is available in English.

 

If you have arrived in Venice – Marco Polo Airport – there is a bus station at the exit.   From there you need to take a bus to Mestre.    There are automatic machines from where you can buy a ticket.   3 or 4€.   The bus will take you to the Rail station.   There is a booking office where you can purchase tickets.   Will cost you about  14/15€.   You can try out your Italian by asking for : “Un biglietto solo andata a Trieste, per favore”.   It’s a two to two and a half hour trip.   And don’t worry, the trains only go to Trieste, they do not continue any further forward.

 

You are now in town.   There is a taxi rank at the side of the station in Viale Miramare.  

NOW – HOTELS:

This is for the information of those members who may wish to travel on their own to Trieste and not as a member of a group with a hotel already booked..   There is an excellent web-site to log onto for finding hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments.

Link: http://www.italyworldclub.com/hotels-italy/friuli/trieste/bedandbreakfast-trieste.htm.   This web-site will also give you a run-down on the whole area and details of what to see and do in Friuli/Venezia Giulia.   The B&B establishments are generally very good.   In 2009 rates were at €35 per person per night.   You get your own key to come and go as you please and there is generally a kitchen where you can cook should you wish.   Generally get your own breakfast with brioche and coffee/tea making facilities, but nothing to stop you buying some eggs and bacon in a supermarket and cooking that.. 

 

GETTING AROUND TOWN.

Trieste has an excellent in-city bus network.   You must have a ticket before entering a bus.   Tickets can be purchased at any Tobacconists shop.   Should you wish to make more than one journey per day it is advisable to purchase a PluriViaggi ticket which costs about 9€.   The next part is a trifle difficult to explain but in Italy when you buy a ticket for public transport, the ticket must be ‘obliterated’  either before you board (trains) or on board buses.   At rail stations there is a small yellow box at the entrance to the platforms in which you have to insert the ticket which then becomes stamped before boarding the train.   On buses there are one or two small yellow boxes in which you have to insert the ticket which then becomes stamped with the time of boarding.   With a PluriViaggi ticket there are ten small sections on the ticket.   Insert the ticket, it is stamped and then you have one hour in which you can change buses as many times as you like to get to where you are going or for a short return journey it enables you to return within one hour.   Should you be caught with a ticket which has not been ‘obliterated’ the fines are very steep.   But the PluriViaggi ticket is valid for at least ten days if you only use the bus once a day and then only during one hour in that day.   A little complicated but saves a lot of money.  

 

There is quite a lot to do and places to visit in the town.   The final part of this info sheet will contain most of the websites which exist describing all the points covered above.   However, you will also want to eat and here are a few names/locations of trattorias/restuarants which are highly recommended :

 

Pizzeria/Ristorante NUMBER ONE, Via del Toro, 6.

Trattoria “Al Moro”, Piazza Foraggi.

Trattoria/Ristorante: Citta` di Londra, Via Ghiberti.

Ristorante: Dieci Regine, Via Milano.

Ristorante: Il Collio, Via Diaz.

Trattoria allo Stadio, Piazza Valmaura.

Trattoria Lo Spazza Cammin, Via Sette Fontane (there is a Jazz club night here on Thursday nights).

Trattoria/Ristorante La Sacro Osteria, Via Tagliapietra.

Azienda Agricola ZOBEC, Val Rosandra, (you would need a taxi to get you here but they have a salmon rearing lake nearby so serve fresh salmon and English-type home-brewed beer!).

and the favourite Ice-Cream parlour – De Martin in Viale XX Settembre.

There are a couple of English Pubs down at the far end of the main port, one in the old Campo Marzio rail station.

Where to log-on for further information:

Bus information::http://www.triestetrasporti.it/ttspa/cms/002/html

Maritime Information:: as above.

Museums: http://trieste.com/cultura/musei.html

Events: http://www.trieste.com/cultura/news.html

Trieste Culture: http://www.retecivica.trieste.it/triestecultura/new

Castello di Miramare: http://www.castello-miramare.it/eng/home.php

                                       http://www.castellomiramare.org/sito/ing.museo.html

Castello di San Giusto: http://www.consorziocastelli.it/visitatori/musei/triestesan giusto?lang=eng

Castello di Muggia: http://www.consorziocastelli.it/castelli/muggia

Henriquez War Museum: http://www.retecivica.trieste.it/triestecultura/new/musei/museo henriquez/default.asp

What to see in Trieste:http://www.paesionline.it/da visitare trieste.asp

                                       http://www.navytrieste.com/Cosavedereluoghi turistici a Trieste.htm

Grotta Gigante: http://www.grottagigante.it (not recommended unless one is very fit!)

Where to eat and drink: http://www.navytrieste.com/dovemangiare a trieste.htm#birrerie%20pub

http://trieste.paginegialle.it/friuliveneziagiulia/trieste/pub.html

Guided Visits:http://www.turismofvg.it/it-IT/visiteguidate.html?idevent=53

Ryanair:www.ryanair.com/site

Easy Jet: www.easyjet.com/EN/Routemap

 Jet2.com:www.jet2.com

Log ontoWikipedia for TEE services – Trans Europ Express.

Trenitalia: www.trenitalia.com (and this site is also in English)                       

                                                        

As mentioned above, if you do not possess a computer your local library should have one you could use or there may be a local Internet Café where they will also help you contact any of these internet addresses.

I have a lady friend who lives at the top end of the Viale XX Settembre who has said she is quite willing to act as an interpreter and guide to all the best places in town.   Some of you will know her from our last visit.   Lilliana (Lily) who is also a member of a military history group and can put members who might be interested in touch with Triestine members of the group. 

Larry Southgate