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Canal Grande di Trieste

There is no more memorable way to see Trieste’s beautiful squares, buildings and bridges than by traversing the waterway that cuts through the heart of the city.  

Whether you explore Canal Grande di Trieste by boat or on foot, there is no more unique way to discover the city. The waterway, which originates from the Gulf of Trieste, flows into the city center. Use it as a jumping off point to discover the picturesque surrounding neighborhood, Borgo Teresiano.

The canal was built in the 1750s to expand Trieste’s commercial opportunities. Its addition allowed boats from the Old Port to traverse directly into the city center to load and unload their shipments. As you gaze at the small, colorful boats docked along Canal Grande di Trieste’s sides today, imagine the much larger vessels that used to sail its waters. 

Admire the variety of architecture represented on Canal Grande di Trieste. The neoclassical Palazzo Carciotti, located at the mouth of the canal, is one of the most iconic buildings in Trieste. In Palazzo Gopcevich, browse the Civico Museo Teatrale Carlo Schmidl, a museum that documents the city’s rich cultural heritage from the 18th century onwards. Browse through dozens of vendors’ stalls in the daily open-air market in Piazza Ponterosso. 

Near the Ponterosso Fountain you’ll find the Ponte Rosso. Cross this bridge over to the other side of the canal to check out the statue of the famous Irish novelist James Joyce, who lived in the city for several years. Located closer to the mouth of the canal is the pedestrian footbridge, called Passaggio Joyce.

Dozens of shops, restaurants and cafés are located along Canal Grande di Trieste. Get a cappuccino at the historic Caffè Stella Polare, which was a favorite haunt of James Joyce. 

Find Canal Grande di Trieste in Borgo Teresiano, the heart of Trieste. It is located about halfway between the city’s railway station and its main square. From the canal, walk north to Trieste Centrale or south to Piazza Unità d'Italia in about 10 minutes.


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Savoia Excelsior Palace Trieste – Starhotels Collezione £63
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Riva Del Mandracchio 4, Trieste, TS
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Trieste City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Piazza di Cavana and Piazza Unita d'Italia. Palazzo del Municipio and Museo Revoltella are also within 5 minutes. Trieste Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 15 minutes.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste £88
    DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste

    DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste

    Piazza della Repubblica 1, Trieste
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Trieste City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Roman Theatre and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 6 minutes by foot and Trieste Central Station is 12 minutes.

      Hotel Solun £70
      Hotel Solun

      Hotel Solun

      Via Milano, 16, Trieste
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Trieste City Centre, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Unita d'Italia and Castello di San Giusto. Cathedral of San Giusto and University of Trieste are also within 2 mi (3 km). Trieste–Opicina Tramway is only a 2-minute walk and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 7 minutes.

        Affittacamere Iris Bed and breakfast £87
        Affittacamere Iris Bed and breakfast

        Affittacamere Iris Bed and breakfast

        via Trento 16, Trieste
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Trieste City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Canal Grande di Trieste and Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas. Piazza della Borsa and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway and Trieste Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Crops City Stay £65
          Crops City Stay

          Crops City Stay

          Via Niccolò Machiavelli, 13, Trieste, UTI Giuliana
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Trieste City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and Roman Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 5 minutes by foot and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 8 minutes.

            Camera Deluxe con Bagno
            Camera Deluxe con Bagno

            Camera Deluxe con Bagno

            Via Niccolò Machiavelli 13, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Trieste City Centre, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and Roman Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 5 minutes by foot and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 8 minutes.

              Camera Deluxe con Bagno
              Camera Deluxe con Bagno

              Camera Deluxe con Bagno

              Via Niccolò Machiavelli 13, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Trieste City Centre, this historic holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and Roman Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 5 minutes by foot and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 8 minutes.

                Camera Deluxe con Bagno
                Camera Deluxe con Bagno

                Camera Deluxe con Bagno

                Via Niccolò Machiavelli 13, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Trieste City Centre, this historic holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and Roman Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 5 minutes by foot and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 8 minutes.