Trieste is a lovely northern Italian city resting on the Gulf of Trieste at the edge of the Julian Alps. It is the capital city of the autonomous province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and is also the largest metropolis with a population of over 200,000. The city has long been at a crossroads of Germanic, Italian and Slavic cultures, and this rich tradition is widely evident in the city today, especially in its diverse and delicious cuisine.
Throughout the city, you'll find buffets serving a delectable mixture of traditional Italian fare with German sausages and sauerkraut, while the Slovenian influence can be found in rich goulashes and dumplings. Stop off for dessert at one of Trieste's many "birrers" where you can enjoy a cold lager and a slice of apple strudel. There is plenty to do and see-and eat-in this wonderful old city, so make the most of your trip to Trieste with a discount car hire from Auto Europe. Auto Europe offers Trieste rental car pick up locations and a large car hire fleet for you to choose from.
Miramare Castle, located on the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea, is one of Trieste's most beautiful palaces, and a must-see for visitors to the city. The castle was built between 1856 and 1860 at the request of Archduke Maximilian, a Hapsburg Prince who was later to become Emperor of Mexico.
The castle was constructed of brilliant white stone, and sitting atop a rocky promontory it beautifully contrasts the deep blue of the Adriatic behind it. It features a French Formal Garden, and its extensive grounds also house a great many exotic tropical plants, which were imported during its construction to give the castle a southern Mediterranean look. Tours are available daily, and there is also a museum on site that chronicles the history of the castle and Maximilian's rise to power. Miramare Castle is only one of the many incredible historic sites to be seen in Trieste, so be sure you have the freedom to explore them all with a discount car hire from Auto Europe. And since Auto Europe has the guaranteed lowest prices on Trieste car rentals, you'll know you won't be paying more than you have to.
While in Trieste, take a drive east to the wonderful cave Grotta Gigante set in the Kras limestone plateau. The cave was discovered in 1840 while explorers searched for an aqueduct to supply the city's water, and today Grotta Gigante is the world's largest tourist cave.
Guided tours make their way throughout the cave, and handrails and electrical lighting were installed in the 1960's, so you can really see the inside of this massive underground cavern. There is a museum outside Grotta Gigante, but the highlight of the trip is certainly the cave's spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, some of which are twelve metres high! The area surrounding Trieste offers a number of wonderful sites to explore, and Auto Europe can meet all of your transportation needs during your stay in the city.
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