After breakfast departure for Trieste, the most international city in the region, suspended between a glorious past of "Little Vienna on the Sea" and the present cosmopolitan city. Guided tour of the historical centre, Piazza Unità and Palazzo Stratti with its antique Caffè degli Specchi; the beautiful neoclassical palaces of Borgo Teresiano, very important during the Asburg time; the Roman ruins; the Synagogue and the Orthodox churches. Trieste is also well known like Coffee producer since the eighteenth century. Its port is the most important in the Mediterranean for the trade of coffee: the beans that arrive here are not only intended for local coffee roasters but also for those all around the world. For this reason in Trieste coffee also became in rhythm with literature: many and beautiful are the literary cafes, which are historical premises with retro charm, frequented by poets and writers such as James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and Umberto Saba. Taking a coffee break in one of the historical cafes of Trieste is a real ritual that is not to be missed. Meeting in the evening to move to the Carso Triestino for dinner in an “osmiza” (typical tavern) where we will have a taste of local wines, cold cuts and cheeses. Overnight.
After breakfast departure for Gorizia with its suspended atmosphere typical of this border city: in the Piazza Transalpina, which until 2004 was physically divided by a wall, you will walk with one foot in Italy and one foot in Slovenia. Thanks to its special geographical location, it has always been culturally influenced by a combination of different civilizations: Latin, Slavic and Germanic. Wine tasting and lunch in an ancient castle from the 1200’s surrounded by vineyards, wineries and the Friulian hills. You will taste typical wines of the area like the white Tocai Friulano, dry, fresh and aromatic. In the afternoon a walk to Cormons, the centre of the Collio Friuliano and visit other two cellars with the possibility to taste same of the 8 D.O.C. Friulian wines. Dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight
After breakfast departure to Grado, a beautiful historical small town on the sea. Walking tour in the historical centre, the churches and their mosaics and the square with Roman ruins. Seafood lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon departure for Aquileia,
a very important city of the Roman Empire and then the main centre for the diffusion of Christianity in Northern and Eastern Europe. It has been a UNESCO site since 1998 due to the importance of its archaeological area and the beauty of the floor mosaics that it safeguards in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, which make Aquileia a kind of the capital of the Western Roman mosaic.Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast departure for the Carso Triestino and the famous Grotta Gigante (Giant Cave); escorted entrance with a specialized guide, the tour is about 1hr long. At about 80 m. Depth there is the most massive part of the cave, a spectacular natural room about 100 m. High, 170 m. Long and 75 m. Wide. The deepest point the tour will reach is at 101,10 m. from the entrance. The tour guide will show you an underground world and will explain the secrets of the karstic cavities formation and their evolution with the stalagmites, stalactites and the calcareous flow. Light lunch in a typical tavern embedded in the karst rocks and a taste of typical wines. In the afternoon departure to the “Miramare Caste” the romantic castle of Maximilian and Charlotte of Hapsburg building directly on the sea. Return.