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Leave Miramare and head in the direction of Venice following the coastal road (the principle means of entry into the city) which winds past the gulf and the backbone of the Carso and from which you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view (on a clear day, you can even see the Istrian coast). N.B.: the speed limits here are extremely low, so make sure you stick to them. This is because the road is full of hairpin bends and therefore very dangerous. The area is also constantly patrolled by the police.

Along the coastal road, you will come across the villages of Duino Aurisina, Sistiana and finally Villaggio del Pescatore (fishermen’s village). Duino Aurisina and Sistiana (both popular tourist attractions) are linked by the sentiero Rilke, a seaside path (named after the German Romantic poet) covered in overhanging rocks which runs for two kilometres. Villaggio del Pescatore on the other hand, is a small modern village which is home to numerous sports grounds. It is also where crocodile and dinosaur remains were disovered several years ago, which meant that it received several mentions in both the local and national papers.

At this point, all that remains is a visit to the Carso. Even if you have already been to Val Rosandra, you should not leave Trieste without visiting the rest of the upland plains. The Carso offers a beautiful, unique landscape, characterised by white, limestone rock. There is no other area quite like it in Europe. The flora here is exceptionally rich, despite the fact that there is very little water here. It is all filtered underground into large deep cavities known as foibe. The territory is sprinkled with low-lying areas, woods, clearings, moors and canyons as well as eroded rock faces.

 

On a thirty-kilometre strip running along the upland plains, you will find a hundred and twenty restaurants, several farms, eighty guest houses, and numerous farm shops which sell produce and wines. You will also come across the imposing Faro della Vittoria, the Monte Grisa santuario, the extraordinary Grotta Gigante and the Casa Carsica – an ancient rural dwelling which has been transformed into a museum. It is here that the local Slovenian-speaking minoirty bi-annually organises nozze carse (or a typical Carso wedding) when a young local couple is permitted to marry in accordance with ancient local customs and traditions.

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