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Canal Grande di Trieste
Vacation Travel Guide

Grand Canal featuring night scenes, a marina and a city

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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DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste
DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste
4 out of 5
Piazza della Repubblica 1, Trieste
The price is $103 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Located in Trieste Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Roman Theatre, and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox Church ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Great hotel and location.
"Really lovely hotel. Bed was very comfortable. Room was modern and clean. Greeted at check in with fresh cookies. Highly recommend this hotel. Great, central location. Bar was also very trendy and fun to visit"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste
Bed and Breakfast Al Cucherle
Bed and Breakfast Al Cucherle
Via di Torre Bianca 21, Trieste
The price is $57 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Trieste Old Town, this bed & breakfast is steps from Canal Grande di Trieste and Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Roman Theatre and Piazza della Borsa are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (41 reviews)
"Excellent and friendly host. Good breakfast. The host is willing to help with my large suitcase up and down stairs when checking in and out."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Bed and Breakfast Al Cucherle
Crops City Stay
Crops City Stay
Via Niccolò Machiavelli, 13, Trieste, UTI Giuliana
The price is $66 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Located in Trieste Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, and Piazza della Borsa. Greek Orthodox ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Excellent stay! Perfect location, would stay again!"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Crops City Stay
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DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste
DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste
4 out of 5
Piazza della Repubblica 1, Trieste
The price is $103 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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Bed and Breakfast Al Cucherle
Bed and Breakfast Al Cucherle
Via di Torre Bianca 21, Trieste
The price is $57 per night from May 2 to May 3
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Crops City Stay
Via Niccolò Machiavelli, 13, Trieste, UTI Giuliana
The price is $66 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Nuovo Albergo Centro
Nuovo Albergo Centro
2 out of 5
Via Roma 13, Trieste, TS
The price is $73 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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Camera Deluxe con Bagno
Camera Deluxe con Bagno
Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
The price is $84 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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Camera Deluxe con Bagno
Camera Deluxe con Bagno
Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
The price is $84 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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Camera Deluxe con Bagno
Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
The price is $84 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
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Via Genova 8, Trieste
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Affittacamere Berzi
Affittacamere Berzi
via Roma, 13, Trieste
The price is $71 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Affittacamere Berzi
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