Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a region of Italy that few venture to see. Touching the borders of Slovenia and Austria, Friuli is often overlooked by travelers. And I wonder why. While I was in Trieste, the capital of Friuli, I visited Castello di Miramare.
Overlooking the stark waters of the Adriatic, Castello di Miramare is on the edge of a cliff and is really a sight to behold!
Castello di Miramare was built by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilan in 1860 for his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. To declare his love for her and make it a quiet retreat in the summer, he built 20 odd rooms. Now with an entry of EUR 6 you can almost visualize how the Archduke and his wife stayed away from the hustle and bustle. The grounds of the castle are free to explore and it is a treat to be away from Trieste for a while. Small ponds, rare plants and bubbling fountains makes it very grand!
Like many historic places, Miramare has a tragedy attached to it. The Archduke died at an early age of 34 and it is said that after his death Charlotte went insane and spent her days in the castle pining for her lost love. Many people believe that spending a night in this castle could lead to a person’s death, so as to say that the castle is cursed. Miramare may have a tragedy attached to it but it is absolutely safe to spend the day here.
It gives a beautiful backdrop of Trieste and an expanse of Adriatic Sea.