Trieste tour 2018

Foodie tour of Trieste

Join me on a tour of Trieste, a yet to be discovered foodie destination. Just one and a half hours north east of Venice, it is an elegant and grand city that looks out onto the Adriatic Sea from Piazza Unità d’Italia, the largest sea-facing piazza in Italy. Heavily influenced by its Austrian past, neighbouring Slovenia and its Venetian language, you will find potato gnocchi stuffed with plums, sauerkraut and pork sausages, local cooked ham eaten with horseradish and sarde impanade, battered and fried sardines, an essential accompaniment to an aperitivo on Triestino restaurant menus.

Highlights of the tour include

  • a day in Trieste, exploring its coffee-culture, its buffets, its historic buildings and food shops
  • a day on the Carso, exploring the foods and wines of the area. We will learn about prosciutto-making, cheese-making and wine-making at boutique agriturismi, and go on a slow hike through the vineyards
  • a day on the Adriatic Sea, travelling by ferry to Muggia. We will explore the former Venetian fishing village, eat lunch at a local farm and then travel back to Trieste for a tour of beautiful Miramare Castle, built by Maximilian von Hapsburg for his wife Charlotte
  • Trieste is only a few kilometres from Slovenia. We will be exploring the northernmost point of the Istrian peninsula and its food and wine, including a visit to the Sicciole salt-pans, a farm in Dragonia and the seaside town of Piran

I would love to show you this part of world; I know you will love it as much as I do. It you want to read more about Trieste, soon to become THE foodie destination, read recent articles in Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times, Australian Gourmet Traveller and a post from my blog.


Tuesday 25 – Sunday 30 September 2018

For four full days and five nights, we will be immersed in seaside Trieste and its surrounds, staying in the four-star FORVM Boutique Hotel located in the historic centre.


Day 1: Arrival

Settle in to the accommodation. We will get to know each other over dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2: Discovering Trieste

  • Breakfast at local historic caffè in Trieste
  • Private tour of a local coffee roaster
  • Lunch at a traditional ‘buffet’
  • Guided walking tour of the city centre and its historical buildings
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner

Day 3: Discovering the Gulf of Trieste

  • Breakfast at a local historic caffè in Trieste
  • Ferry to the fishing port of Muggia
  • Guided walking tour of Muggia
  • Visit to a local farm for lunch
  • Guided tour of the Castle of Miramare and its gardens
  • Walk along the boardwalk and aperitivo in Barcola
  • Free evening

Day 4: Discovering the Carso (Karst)

  • Breakfast at a local historic caffè in Trieste
  • Cheese tasting and visit to a farm on the Carso
  • Lunch at an Osmiza
  • Slow hiking across the vineyards of local wine-producers
  • Wine tasting
  • Dinner at a trattoria on the Carso

Day 5: Discovering Istria and Slovenia

  • Early breakfast at historic caffè in Trieste
  • Visit a local farm in Smarje
  • Lunch at a Trattoria in Dragonia
  • Visit to a saltpan in Sicciole
  • Walking tour of the town of Pirano
  • Dinner at a restaurant in Pirano

Day 6:

  • Breakfast at a local historic caffè and farewell


Paola Bacchia is an Italian-Australian cook, food photographer and author of cookbook Italian Street Food and award-winning blog Italy on my mind. She runs regular cooking classes from her home in Melbourne, Australia,  residential cooking workshops at the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School in Sicily and photography workshops. Paola’s extended family live on the outskirts of Trieste, and it is a place she calls her second home. Paola loves to share her knowledge of the unique tastes of local cuisine with others and is fluent in both English and Italian.

Joining Paola will be local expert Massimiliano Milič, Trieste resident, film-maker and avid foodie. Maxi has strong connections with local farmers and food producers and is passionate about his home-town, its culture and its food and wine.


2,250 Euros per person (single occupancy; 2,100 Euros per person double occupancy) inclusive of all coach transfers and ferry trips on the days of the tour, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, aperitifs, accommodation, entry fees, tour guides and cooking demonstrations.  Please click here for terms and conditions. To book or if you have any questions please email me.

This exclusive tour is for a maximum of ten people.

Not included: flights to Italy or within Italy; transfers to/from the city of Trieste from the airport.

Flights: Arrive in Trieste by plane at Trieste/Ronchi Airport. Transfers from the airport are by coach or taxi; we can help you with the transfers.

Trains: Trieste is about an hour and a half from Venice by train. The train station is a short walk or taxi-ride from the hotel.

If you have any questions about the tour, please email me