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Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a beautiful Italian region that touches the borders of Slovenia and Austria. However, it is often overlooked by the regular traveler to Italy. I wonder why….. Friuli’s capital city is Trieste and while I was in Trieste, I made a trip to see the lone castle on a cliff –Castello di Miramare.

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Castello di Miramare

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Castello di Miramare

Castello di Miramare and it’s history

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. But like many historic places, Miramare has a tragedy attached to it. The Archduke died at an early age of 34 and 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 a.k.a. castle is cursed.

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Castello di Miramare

Miramare may have a tragedy attached to it but it is absolutely safe to spend the day here.Now with an entry of EUR 6, the grounds of the castle are free to explore and there are beautiful gardens, ponds and bubbling fountains! It gives a beautiful backdrop of Trieste and an expanse of Adriatic Sea.

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Castello di Miramare

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Castello di Miramare

How to Reach Miramare:
Take Bus 36 from Trieste and you will be there in exactly 15 minutes! Also, don’t forget to read Jan Morris’ book Trieste on your ride!

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Drinking Coffee with James Joyce in Trieste

Riding the Historic Opicina Tram in Trieste

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