Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau for Schools

Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau for Schools

Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau

Artisanal activities thrive in the shade of houses and trees

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Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau

Artisanal activities thrive in the shade of houses and trees

1/2 day

The Karst Plateau offers a very suggestive landscape made of hills and valleys, where white stone villages break the monotony of the green vegetation. The Gemina trail connects the villages of Malchina and Ternova, cutting through San Pelagio and Prepotto.

The trail is a great way to experience and find out more about the Karst Plateau, where artisan activities thrive in the shade of its houses and trees.

After a short walk, you will reach Carsiana Bothanic Gardens, in Sgonico, in the province of Trieste, which features a great variety of characteristic Karst flora, in its natural environment, carefully recreated in a doline.

The Gemina trail is only one of many trails that cross the plateau. For example, the renowned Rilke Trail is a natural terrace nearly 2 km long that overlooks the white cliffs of Duino, which drop sharply into the sea. A walk with deep historical, cultural and literary roots.

The Rilke Trail is one of the Karst Plateau’s most fascinating and easy-to-reach itineraries. This is where poet Rainer Maria Rilke enjoyed walking when he was a guest of the Princes della Torre e Tasso. The charm of this corner of the world is forever sealed in the “Duino Elegies”, which describe the beauty of the white cliffs that drop sharply in the sea.

Another particularly fascinating place is the area of the Timavo Resurgence. Here you will discover the history of this hidden river whose source, in Slovenia, created the Škocjan Caves. The river runs under ground for kilometres and kilometres until it resurfaces among a group of willows in San Giovanni di Duino.

A phenomenon typical of this plateau, which has fascinated many poets and travellers of the past.

In Val Rosandra, you can explore the Natural Reserve, stay in the lowest mountain hut in Italy and visit the salmon fishery in Bagnoli della Rosandra.

If you like, you may include a meal at one of Karst’s agritourism restaurants, or at the tourism fishery at the Villaggio del Pescatore (Fisherman’s Village) nearby.

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First World War

The battle fields in Friuli Venezia Giulia, from Redipuglia to Gorizia

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The itinerary starts at the Memorial of Redipuglia, where an expert of the Great War will provide historical context; the visit continues at the Museum and then returns back to the Memorial.

The Memorial of Redipuglia, built in 1938, is the largest military memorial in Italy; it accommodates the remains of 100,000 soldiers who fell in battle during the First World War and is also the resting place of the Duke of Aosta, Commander of the Third Army.

From Redipuglia, the tour moves to Mount San Michele, a strategic post for the Austro-Hungarian defence. If the weather allows it, the tour can include a visit to some of the trenches on the Karst Plateau and the memorial stones of fallen soldiers and a documentary (The three soldiers).

After visiting the museum, we will reach San Martino del Carso, mentioned by poet Giuseppe Ungaretti in one of his poems, where the Italians repeatedly engaged with Austrian troops.

“Of these houses nothing remains but the rubble of a ruined wall
of the many who were so close to me nothing remains not even that
but in my heart
not one cross is missing
this ravaged village
is my heart”

 In this area, the Austrian army used gas against Italian soldiers and to remember the event, a statue of the “Madonna delle Lacrime (Our Lady of Tears)” has been placed in an aedicule at the village crossroads.

Lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, the tour continues in Gorizia, to visit the Castle and the Great War Museum, where a modern exhibition effectively and comprehensively represents the events of the conflict and its human and social repercussions.

Before heading back, you will have some time to spend in Gorizia.

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The itinerary includes the most significant places in Trieste’s history between 1943 and 1954.

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The itinerary includes the most significant places in Trieste’s history between 1943 and 1954.

The tour starts on the seafront where on 3 November 1918 the Italian infantry landed at the end of the Resurgence period; it continues along the entire seafront and the elevated road, till it reaches the National Monument Risiera di San Sabba, the only Nazi concentration camp in Italy, which dates back to the period between 8 September 1943 and 1 May 1945, when Trieste was separated from Italy and became a province of the Third Reich.

From Risiera di San Sabba, the tour moves to the Foiba of Basovizza (National Monument), where thousands of people were killed during the 40 days of Yugoslavian occupation (between 1 May and 12 June 1945).

If the weather allows it, from Basovizza one can admire the beautiful views of the Gulf of Trieste and the Slovenian side of the Istrian peninsula and part of the border between Italy and Slovenia, recently “abolished” when Slovenia became part of the Schengen Area.

From the Foiba of Basovizza, back down to Trieste, passing in front of Rittmayer Palace, where, in 1944, 51 Italian citizens where hung as an act of reprisal by the German occupation army.

The tour then reaches Piazza Sant’Antonio, where in November 1953 the police of the Allied Military Government shot protesting crowds killing 6 people.

From Piazza S. Antonio to Piazza Unità d’Italia, where on 26 October 1954 troops of the Italian Army entered the city for the second and last time.

 

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In the footsteps of Saba, Svevo and Joyce

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In the footsteps of Saba, Svevo and Joyce

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This walk across Trieste’s city centre is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere that inspired some of the greatest Italian and European writers and visit the favourite places of those who lived in Trieste such as Saba (“Trieste“), Svevo and Joyce.

The itinerary starts in Piazza Unità d’Italia and continues across the narrow streets of Cittavecchia, a favourite with both Italo Svevo, who enjoyed walking in the neighbourhood every day, and Joyce, who perfectly recreated its varied and frenetic atmosphere in his works. At number 4 of Piazza Hortis, we find the Civic Library, which Italo Svevo and James Joyce visited regularly. In Cittavecchia we will also visit the Svevo and Joyce Museum that hosts many great, small treasures.

Walking back to Piazza Unità, we will reach Piazza Verdi.

Here, opposite the Verdi Theatre, where Joyce often enjoyed opera performances, once were the offices of the Union Bank, where Svevo worked for 18 years; in fact, his first novel, Una Vita (A Life), was about the life of a bank clerk.

The itinerary continues along Via San Nicolò. At number 30, the Antique Bookshop “Umberto Saba” once was managed by the Italian poet; its shelves still house rare and precious books. The building at number 32 once was the Berlitz School, where Joyce taught English for many years and where the friendship between the Irish writer and Italo Svevo started. Not far from the school, in Via Dante 14, Caffè Stella Polare is one of Trieste’s historic cafés, which became the two writers’ favourite meeting place.

Continuing along Viale XX Settembre, the building at number 16 is the birthplace of Ettore Schmitz, who later will be better known as Italo Svevo. Antico Caffè San Marco, on the parallel street, via Battisti, is another historic café and a traditional meeting place of writers and intellectuals.

This is where our walk ends and where you can enjoy a traditional cake accompanied by a good cup of coffee.

 

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“It is forbidden not to touch” - History, nature and science

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Trieste: In the footsteps of dinosaurs, marine reserves and interactive museums

“It is forbidden not to touch” – History, nature and science

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The Karst region has lots of traces of ancient human settlements including the man-made Karstic ponds (lined with clay to make them waterproof) and the Castelliere di Monrupino, the largest Karstic prehistoric settlement and fortified medieval town.

 

The work of nature is also well represented on the plateau, for example in the enchanting Grotta Gigante (Giant Cave), with its stalagmites and stalactites and the original skeleton of the Ursus Spelaeus, the largest mammal to inhabit the caves.

The most important palaeontology discoveries made in Trieste’s Karst area are hosted in the Museum of Natural History of Trieste. These include Mesolithic finds – found in the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave), used during the First World War by Austro-Hungarian troops as a shelter and a fresh water reserve – dating back to the Iron Age and the remains of “Antonio” the Hadrosaurid, found at the Villaggio del Pescatore.

Another interesting museum is the Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico (IS) in Grignano, an innovative museum and a great place to learn the secrets of science.

Interactive itineraries, multi-visions, enchanting visits to the planetary system, courses and workshops in a space in which science becomes fun and one rule is imperative: “It is forbidden not to touch”.

Not far from the IS, is the Natural Marine Reserve of Miramare, managed by WWF: 30 hectares of protected area that stretch 200 m from coast, the natural habitat of many tiny little animals!

Option to arrange activities and workshops on the beaches of the reserve and at sea, with flippers, masks and snorkels!

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An opportunity to experience the atmosphere that inspired some of the greatest Italian and European writers (5/6 hours)

Trieste: in the footsteps of dinosaurs, marine reserves and interactive museums

“It is forbidden not to touch” – History, nature and science (1 day)

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