If you are in Trieste and haven’t taken a ride on its famous Opicina Tramway then you missed something historic! The Opicina is a Tram+Funicular Railway that links the city to Villa Opicina. It was started in 1902 and runs from Piazza Oberdan to Opicina, a hill top town 5 km away. Tickets to the tram can be bought from a Tabaccheria or tabacchi which in simple terms is a shop with all kinds of things including bus/tram tickets. #OnlyInItaly
The tram crosses the city’s many streets and houses, the tyres screeching several times as the tram gets pushed uphill and back hill to change tracks (the tram to furnicular track). A lady I befriended in the tram told me she regularly took this tram and advised me to sit on the other side of the window for a view.
I was blown away! Trieste is unbelievably gorgeous and as the tram keeps moving up the views get better. The last stop is The Obelisk from where Trieste and its panoramic splendor can be seen. The minuscule red houses and expansive Bay are so picturesque.
-One way cost of the tram is EUR 1.1.
-Tram runs from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-Best time to go is early morning or late evenings.
-Pack a picnic and relax at Obelisk.
UPDATE: As of October 2017, The Opicina Tram is no longer in operation. Instead, take Bus 2 for a scenic journey to Opicina.