The Opicina was a Tram+Funicular Railway that linked the city to Villa Opicina. It started in 1902 and ran from Piazza Oberdan to Opicina, a hill top town 5 km away. Tickets were easily bought from a Tabaccheria – a shop that sells everything including bus/tram tickets. #OnlyInItaly. However, due to an accident, the Opicina Tram is no longer in operation since 2016. (During the time this blog post was written, the tram was still working._
The tram was a wonderful way to see the port city of Trieste. It crossed the city’s many streets and houses its tires screeched several times as it got pushed uphill. The tram went front and back to change tracks (the tram to funicular track) and that was quite an experience!
When I was there, I befriended a lady who told me she regularly traveled in the tram. She even advised me to sit on the left side of the window for a spectacular view.
I was blown away!
Trieste looked absolutely mind blowing with the minuscule red houses and the expansive Adriatic sea!! As the tram kept moving up, you could see a clear view of the port city. The Obelisk was the last stop from where Trieste’s panoramic splendor could be enjoyed best.
The Opicina tram reminded me of a bygone era. I wish it still existed.