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Castle Duino

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Trieste, Italy.

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Teetering on top of a ragged, rugged, rocky cliff, this orange roofed castle built in the 15th Century is still home to the Duke of Castel Duino who occasional opens parts of his house for the pleasure of visitors. Approaching Duino, the castle with its many narrow windows, round towers and ex-fortress walls is the first thing you see.

Duino once had two castles but the other, earlier, one is in ruins. Below the ruins is a striking formation in white rock which looks like a veiled woman and has spawned many romantic stories and myths in the region. Apart from that this is a place for scenic coastal walks and drives, and sitting in cafes, flaneur like.

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A very nice part of Italy.

Beautiful area that did not have too many tourists when I went in Sept 2007.

I took more photos of the Castle;


Nearby Treiste is also very nice as was the caravan park above the sea shore on the bay of Sistiana that we stayed in (from which you can see Duino castle).

If you are looking for Europe without to much congestion or English tourists you may like this area - we saw almost no tourists (may have been off season in September). We had to practice Italian as English is not commonly spoken.

From Treiste we drove to Muggia and Isola in Slovenia - even less English spoken here and very very prety.

Castle Duino

Castle Duino outside Trieste is a must see. Place your hands on the terrace table overlooking the sea where Rainer Maria Rilke wrote his Elegies and breathe in his inspiration. Yes, the Castle offers dining options, but a better choice is a wonderful restaurant at the foot of the Castle in Palazzo d'aronoco. Take the back route and walk along the path away from the visitor's center and you'll find it.

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