Trieste tours

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 and wine-making at boutique agriturismi, and go on a slow hike through the vineyards
  • a day on the Adriatic Sea including a boat trip and a visit to the fishing village of Muggia.
  • 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 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. But don’t just take it from me and my Trieste blog post, have a read of these publications that have just written about Trieste, soon to become THE foodie destination: Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and Australian Gourmet Traveller.


expressions of interest for September 2021


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


Day 1: Arrival

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

Day 2: Discovering Trieste

  • Breakfast at local historic caffè in Trieste
  • Foodie walking and tasting tour of the city centre and its historical buildings
  • Private tour of a coffee roaster
  • Dinner in a local restaurant

Day 3: Discovering the Gulf of Trieste

  • Breakfast at a historic caffè in Trieste
  • Boat trip to see mussels on the Gulf of Trieste
  • Visit to a local olive oil farm for lunch
  • Guided walking tour of the fishing village of Muggia
  • Ferry back to Trieste and a late afternoon gelato
  • You are free for dinner (if you are hungry that is!)

Day 4: Discovering the Carso (Karst)

  • Breakfast at a historic caffè in Trieste
  • Lunch at an Osmiza
  • Slow hiking across the vineyards of local wine-producers
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to a prosciutto producer, which will include a traditional dinner

Day 5: Discovering Istria and Slovenia

  • Visit a picturesque herb farm in the Dragonija Valley for a lesson in gin making and we will make our lunch as part of a cooking lesson
  • Walking tour of the town of Pirano including free time to explore its beauty
  • Farewell dinner at a seafood restaurant in Pirano

Day 6:

  • Late breakfast at a local historic caffè and farewell


Paola Bacchia is an Italian-Australian cook, food photographer and author of cookbooks Italian Street Food (2016), and Adriatico – stories and recipes from the Adriatic Coast of Italy (2018) and award-winning blog Italy on my mind. She runs regular cooking classes from her home in Melbourne, Australia,  food tours along the Adriatic Coast of Italy 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. Max 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, 3 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 twelve 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, train or taxi.

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.

This is a beautiful part of the world. Thank you Paola and Max for a spectacular tour of the heart

Feedback from the 2018 Tour

Loved meeting the artisans and enjoying their fantastic produce - hearing their stories and experiencing their warm hospitality and passion. Absolutely loved Trieste itself and the excursions to the Carso, Muggia and Slovenia

I really enjoyed it Paola and Max. You were both fabulous guides. I haven't done many small group tours but this was one of the best

Absolutely loved the hotel. Restaurants great, with the last night in Piran being a highlight. Both Paola and Max were really fantastic, and a great combination

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