A Conference Banquet will be held on Friday, 30 August from 19:00 at San Giusto Castle.
Transportation will be provided (meeting point: Leonardo Building main entrance at 18:45).
Please collect your Conference Banquet Voucher for the dinner at the Registration/Banquet desk (mail office, reception area, Leonardo Building). If you still need to pay for the Banquet dinner, please do so at the same Payment/Banquet desk.
We are pleased to inform you that the ICTP has an exciting programme with several tours specially tailored to give you a better understanding and impression of Trieste and its environs. It is called the City of Science and the ICTP and its buildings are located in one of its nicest areas —about 7 km. from the city centre—, right next to the Castle of Miramare, the city's main tourist attraction. Trieste is an unusually charming place, especially in the summer, when tourists flock in to visit its highlights: the Castles of Duino, Miramare and San Giusto are superb, along with Piazza Unità, the largest sea-facing square in Europe, the old city with Roman ruins, the karst hills, the Modern Art Museum, Grotta Gigante, Val Rosandra (with its nature trails), Muggia, closeby Slovenia and many other attractive sites. Culture is the key word here, theatres and halls offer interesting shows, exhibitions and many concerts are organized in the open. Sport lovers will find that cycling, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, running, swimming, climbing and a lot more, are common activities and easily available to all. The typical rocky and concrete paved Riviera occupied by sun lovers all summer long is so crowded and lively, the sea is unpolluted and divers may easily observe the interesting underwater marine life. Trieste offers it all and more, as it is the melting pot of many peoples and cultures that have engraved their traits in many ways, giving birth to distinct cultural habits and a variety of different types of cuisine that all gourmets will appreciate. There are excellent seafood restaurants downtown and along its Riviera, typical Triestine food of Austrian descent in trattorias, osterias and osmizze, karst cuisine of Slovenian influence, Asian, Indian, Greek, organic restaurants and more. There is a selection and a variety of foods to tempt every palate.
If you are interested in any of the following trips by coach, kindly book online as soon as possible (bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis) in order to avoid missing out on really interesting trips with professional English-speaking guides.
Each tour shall be organized provided there are at least 35 participants/trip, with a maximum of 53 participants/tour. Young children must be seated as well, due to Italian safety norms and insurance requirements.
Book now and write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specifying tour/s selected, name, surname, data of eventual passenger/s, email address. In case of children, specify age too for eventual cost reductions.
The cost of each tour may be slightly reduced if it is fully booked.
Cost adjustments per person will be made directly at the Info Point when settling the payment of the trip upon your arrival here.
For organizational reasons, bookings and eventual cancellations should be made as early as possible.
For tours with lunch included, please specify if vegetarian or not.
Kindly settle the payment of your tour/s immediately upon arrival at the ICTP directly at the Info Point counter located at the Leonardo Building (Open Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 - 16:48; for info, ring ext. 219 or 591).
Tours will be effected only if there are at least 35 persons per tour.
All the coaches will depart from the bus stop located in the bay of Grignano, below the Adriatico guesthouse.
We advice to wear comfortable shoes/sneakers/sandals and to take sun protection cream and a cap along with you. When a tour foresees the possibility of having a swim on the beach, don't forget your bathing suit, towel and slippers. A bottle of water may be handy during the trip.
Do take your passports or ID cards valid for foreign countries along with you. The official currency in Slovenia is the euro.
Coaches will depart from Grignano at the time set for each tour, kindly be punctual. Coaches will reach Grignano at the return time indicated.
Visit Slovenia: See Piran, Portoroz and the Predjama Castle.
We shall drive across the border, into Slovenia and visit Piran,which resembles a large open-air museum with Venetian medieval architecture. Narrow streets and compact houses give the town its special charm. The hills in the Piran area were inhabited by Illyrian Histri tribes who were farmers, hunters and fishermen. They were also pirates who disrupted Roman trade in the north Adriatic Sea. The Piran peninsula was incorporated into the Roman Empire in 178 and 177 B.C. and there are Roman ruins spread out in Slovenia and Croatia. Piran had, like most of the coastal towns in Slovenia and Croatia, historic and cultural ties with ancient Rome, the Franks, the Kingdom of Italy (830 - 935) the reign of Carinthia, the Republic of Venice (1283-1797), the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Reign of Italy. After World War II it became part of Yugoslavia and then Slovenia.
After Piran, we shall drive to neighbouring Portoroz (Portorose in Italian), one of the largest tourist areas in Southwest Slovenia. Its development as a summer resort started in the beginning of the 20th century, as a tourist resort within the Austrian Riviera.
We will have some free time in Portoroz to have a walk around or have a snack or swim or just relax.
Right after, we shall proceed to the incredible Predjama Castle, built in a cave and dating back to at least 1274. In the 15th century, a renowned robber baron called Erasmus fled the revenge of the Holy Roman Emperor and settled his family in this castle fortress. There ensued a long siege in which the castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt twice: in 1511 before being destroyed by an earthquake and in 1567. It has a secret natural shaft that leads out of the castle for supplies when the robber baron needed a quick in and out for his robberies.
Lunch/snacks in Portoroz at own cost.
9.00 - 20.00 hrs — Euro 33/head
Tour of two Castles (Duino and San Giusto) and Muggia.
We shall go to the beautiful Duino castle, built in the 14th century on high cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, surrounded by a beautiful park. It is still the home of the Prince della Torre e Tasso and has hosted many famous visitors and artists over the centuries (Listz, Sissi, Rainer Maria Rilke, and so on). There are a large variety of precious furnishings, paintings and historical documents and the striking panorama from the dining-room terrace. From Duino we shall drive downtown to the San Giusto Castle, built between 1470 and t1630. It rises up from the hill in the heart of the ancient city centre of Trieste and from here, we have a striking panorama of the whole city.
Our next stop is Muggia, a charming Istro-Venetian fishing village (its origins date back to t1600 B.C.), located close to the Slovenian border. Its narrow, picturesque streets are flanked by typical, old buildings. The church in the main square was built in XIII century and it has an interesting facade and a small bell tower. In the small, inner harbour, there are typical fishing boats and, on the side of the pier, along a wall, we can see how the fishermen keep their tools, nets and floaters.
Tour of Aquileia and Grado.
Aquileia is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the most interesting locations in the Region, an ancient marshland settlement, with a 700-year Roman period dating back to 181 B.C. There are old Roman mosaics and old Roman ruins spread out in an interesting and wide landscape. We shall also visit either the museum or the basilica.
Right after, we shall go to neighbouring Grado, a small and elegant seaside town, in the past a popular Austrian holiday resort with old Austrian buildings. It has many historical connections with Venice and Aquileia.
For info: www.turismofvg.it
Lunch/snacks in Grado at own cost.
14.00 - 20:00 hrs. — Euro 22/head
Miramare Castle is very close to the ICTP and is well worth a visit. It is the former dwelling of the brother of Emperor Franz Josef: Maximilian and his wife Carlotta. It is open every day from 9.00 to 18.30. The location and the lovely furnishings, paintings, rooms full of history, are not to be missed.
Grotta Gigante is considered the largest tourist cave in the world, situated in the Triestine Karst (Carso), half an hour from the city center. Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome could easily fit inside its cave. An exclusive feature is the horizontal pendulum, constructed by university researchers in order to calculate the slightest movements of the earth's crust. Visiting times 10:00 - 18:00. Each visit lasts one hour. The temperature inside the grotto is about 11 degrees all year.
Take bus 42 from Piazza Oberdan and get off at Borgo Grotta, Sgonico – proceed by foot for 5 minutes – follow road sign for Grotta Gigante. Wear comfortable shoes, no heels.
Entrance ticket: Euro 11/each.
For info: www.grottagigante.it
The Friuli Venezia Giulia TOURIST POINT located at the corner of Piazza Unità (via dell'Orologio, 1) organizes guided walking tours (in Italian and English) every day at 10:30. Each tour lasts 2 hours and costs euro 7/head.
There is also the possibility of visiting the city by yourself with an audio-guide that you may rent there.
This service departs from the downtown Stazione marittima (close to Piazza Unità) every hour and it takes about one hour each tour.
You may catch it at the bus stop below the Adriatico guesthouse in Grignano and purchase the tickets directly on board.
Ticket valid 48 hrs.: Euro 18/head
Ticket valid 24 hrs.: Euro 15/head.
Venice is easy to reach by train, so we suggest checking the train schedules that depart from Trieste very often and arrive in Venice after about one and a half to two hours. If you take a day trip to Venice, we suggest departing before 8 am. so that you will have enough time to look around.
When you get into the Venice train station, you will find a Tourist Information Office there to help you. Boats will take you everywhere, but they are not so fast and if you like walking, you may just as well stroll from the train station to Piazza San Marco, it's the best way to enjoy Venice.
For train info, see: www.ferrovie.it/ferrovie/home.php
For info on Venice see: en.turismovenezia.it/Information-Department-Contacts-98764.html