The Karst Plateau across the borderŠtanjel – the pearl of the Karst
The Karst Plateau across the border
Štanjel – the pearl of the Karst
The Karst Plateau is a particular combination of nature and history that make it a unique place of great historic and cultural interest.
A melting pot of people, cultures and languages where every village has two names, one Italian and one Slovenian.
By bus you will cross the border and reach Slovenia, while admiring the typical landscape and green surroundings. The destination is Štanjel or San Daniele del Carso, one of the oldest and most enchanting villages of the Karst Plateau: especially renowned for its original prehistoric settlement which flourished across the centuries increasing its historic and architectural value.
A local guide will lead the visit at the late Gothic church of Saint Daniel with its lemon-shaped bell tower; the old Karst house, that hosts an ethnographic exhibition on local costumes and traditions; Štanjel Castle, that permanently hosts an exhibition of works by painter and graphic designer Luigi Spacal, the troubadour of the Karst, who sings his song of the Karst to all who love this land and beautiful art, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century; Ferrari Garden, designed by Max Fabiani, where rain water collected in a tank was stored to be used during all seasons, despite the drought that typically affects the region.
Lunch will be enjoyed in a traditional farm.
Back to Trieste along the old Fernetti border through Opicina and, if the weather allows it, you can choose to reach Trieste on Opicina’s characteristic tram, the single-track cable railway inaugurated in 1902, with a 343-metre vertical rise and a maximum grade of 26%; loved by the locals for the breathtaking views of Trieste you can enjoy on the way down.
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