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Strada Vicentina

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saronic wrote a review Nov 2020
Zurich, Switzerland17,834 contributions1,634 helpful votes
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A highly recommended activity in Trieste is a hike along the 3,7km long 'Via Napoleonica' or officially the 'Strada Vicentina' - not to be confounded with the 230km long 'Via Vicentina' along Portugal's Atlantic Coast all the way to the Cabo de Sâo Vicente, Europe's southwest corner. The path here got its name from the engineer Giacomo Vicentini, who designed the route, although generally more often used is the name 'Via Napoleonica', since it is believed that French troops in the times of Napoleon had started its construction. We began our walk from the village of Prosecco, at the bus stop 'Strada per Monte Grisa', to where bus 44 had brought us from the Piazza Oberdan in Trieste. Pretty soon one gets to the Strada Vicentina, a quite level and easy path on the edge of the carst with the typical rocks and vegetation, but on top with a superb view of the coastline. The city of Trieste is often visible, but also the Castello di Miramare or the Faro della Vittoria. En route one passes the lookout 'Vedetta Italia' and the 'Santuario Nazionale a Maria Madre e Regina', where one can go for a coffee. There are also fortifications from WWII, a 'Via Crucis', and a Via Robert Baden-Powell, honouring the founder of the Scout Movement. The 'Strada Vicentina' ends at the Obelisco di Opicina, from where bus 4 takes one back to Trieste.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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17Edy6 wrote a review Jan 2020
Brezovica pri Ljubljani, Slovenia247 contributions82 helpful votes
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The Strada Vicentina or Napoleonica is nice circular (if you want) footpath. We recommended the circular way - about 8 km. We parked the car near obelisk. Parking at obelisk is just for 1 hour. We started in clock direction. The panoramic view on the gulf of Trieste is really beautiful. Castle Miramare is so beautiful. The walk is really easy to the rock walls where people climbing. Then we turned to the right in the hill. On circle way you done 200 m height above sea level. This footpatj is in the wood. In the circle way you visit a big and modern church. I recommende to visit it. There is a WC and a little restaurant. It was crowded - the first part. In the wood is nost a lot of people.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AnitaT947 wrote a review Aug 2019
Stockport, United Kingdom556 contributions367 helpful votes
The start of this walk can be reached by taking the no.2 or no. 4 bus from Trieste (but return tickets from the kiosk in Piazza Oberdan) - get off at the obelisk just prior to Opicina or you'll be walking back along the road to the start of the walk (as we did!). The walk is along an easy, wide, mainly gravelled path and offers beautiful glimpses and panoramic views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste - inbetween the trees! The path leads to Prosecco and is 5km long and we walked along it in both directions - it is slightly downhill towards Prosecco - and slightly uphill on the way back....! We stopped for a drink in Prosecco itself and enjoyed the light exercise!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MikeWells90 wrote a review Jun 2019
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom2,085 contributions237 helpful votes
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The Strada Vicentina, or as it also know the Napoleonica, is a 3.7km walk along the hillside above Trieste. It starts at the Obelisco, which can be easily reached by the 02 bus from Trieste. Ignore the advice in Rough Guide about starting from the Obelisco campsite as this is the start of another walk in the opposite direction. The Strada Vicentina walk is along a wide almost flat path. If there has been recent strong winds you may see warning signs in Italian and Slovenian about the danger of falling trees and branches.The route is very straightforward as the path is much wider and better maintained than other footpaths you will come across. Along the walk you will enjoy superb views, attractive woodland, wild flowers and wild life.The walk ends at Borgo Nazario near Prosecco where you can take buses back to Trieste. As you approach Borgo Nazario you may see rock climbers on the limestone cliffs above the walk.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Jif041 wrote a review Sep 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom35 contributions16 helpful votes
We caught the #4 bus from Trieste (Piazza Oberdan) to Obelisco. I think you can catch the #2 as well but ask at the tourist point in Piazza Unita d’Italia, they were very helpful. Be aware you have to buy tickets beforehand. I think most newsagents sell them. 1.25 Euro. Validate the ticket when you get on the bus and it lasts an hour. If you are catching the bus back worth getting two tickets as we didn’t see anywhere in Prosecco to buy them. Easy stroll with great views over the bay. Mainly flat on compact gravel. There is not much to see in Prosecco itself but we enjoyed a glass of the wine anyway. Why wouldn’t you?! You can catch the bus back from Prosecco to Trieste (#42 I think but again easy to check at tourist point) but we continued our walk to Castello Miramare. We were told it would take about 45 minutes, which it did when we found the right way! As you head out of Prosecco there is a ‘3 triangle’ shaped symbol on a bend in the road. Take the path from there but be aware it splits into several paths and you have to take the right one. I think it was the middle one (second from the left) but basically if you have not found some steep steps within 300-400 yards of the ‘triangles’ you are on the wrong path so retrace your steps and try again! Descend the steps until you reach a rough pathway. Turn left until you reach the road. Turn right onto the road and continue until it starts to bear left. Here you will see a clearing on your right and shortly beyond that you will see more steep steps on your right. Take these and follow down to the road. Cross the road (keeping the building on your right) down more steps. Eventually cross under the railway line and you are in the grounds of Castello Miramare. A further 10-15 minute walk gets you to the castle which is quite impressive. The steps are quite manageable but reasonably steep and a bit uneven so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have mobility issues. I would imagine they are also quite tricky in the wet. Once you have seen the castle the #6 (closest) or #36 bus will take you back to Trieste.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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