Strada Vicentina

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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,620 contributions
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.
Written November 3, 2020
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17Edy6
Brezovica pri Ljubljani, Slovenia248 contributions
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.
Written January 14, 2020
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Brenton K
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
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Take the old tram to Obelisco, get off there and the walking path starts right here. You can walk all the way to Prosecco, about 4 kilometers. Its a beautiful walk with some stunning views. Once at Prosecco take the 42 bus back to Villa Opicina, and then the tram back to Trieste. You wont be disappointed.
Written December 19, 2014
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gpcd
Greenbelt, MD287 contributions
Family
the guidebook we perused suggests to start this trail at its northern terminus and walk southward; I can see the advantage of ending the walk in Opicina, which offers restaurants and coffeeshops, but I think our route (going northward) is much more interesting.
Start in piazza Oberdan in Trieste and catch the Opicina tramway (see own review); although it is hard to miss, ask the conductor to warn you when the Obelisk stop is approaching, and leave the pubic transit at the Obelisk. Just west of the Obelisk itself is the trailhead. Facing north, take the leftmost (downhill) trail; there are two other trails that leave from this same spot and run parallel to via Vicentina (named after Vicentini, the engineer who designed its path and supervised the construction, and not after the city of Vicenza) but they are slightly higher on the hillside and go through a wooded area, which is nice but not as scenic. The trail is flat (maybe even slightly downhill) wide, well-maintained, short (only 5 km), and cuts across the side of the hill. It is very easy walking and there are a couple springs along the way, in case you forgot to pack a canteen, as well as a few park benches if you choose to sit and drink in the view. The trail is marked with the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano, Italian Alpine Club) markers to help finding and keeping your way: a red band, a white band above it, and (sometimes) a third red band on top. The whole marker is about 10 cm square, so it can be difficult to spot from a distance. The trail number is occasionally written in on the white band, which helps when trails fork or cross each other.
Regrettably there are no restroom facilities at the trailheads nor along the trail. If you catch a clear day, the Gulf of Trieste opens to your left, from the shipyards of Monfalcone at the northern end to the chemical smokestacks of Muggia to the south (see photo, which does not convey the full beauty of the sights). Behind the mist and the curvature of the Earth are the beaches of Grado and Lignano, as well as the palaces of Venezia. Do not be afraid to stop early and often, as the views are best near the starting trailhead. After about 4 km the trail skirts to the right a few natural climbing gyms (admire the human spiders and follow the climbing routes marked by white chalk marks on the cliffs), and then it becomes a paved parking lot. You can return to the Opicina by making an (almost) U-turn to your right and taking the trail that gently climbs above the cliffs and doubles back, or (IMHO a much better choice) you can continue northward, exit the parking lot and continue along the road toward the village of Contovello. From here you can take the bus back to Trieste, of continue northward, or take the trail that leads to Miramare (park and castle). As you enter Contovello, the trail branches off to the left; this is the only difficult part of the hike, as we missed the branch, either because it is difficult to see, or because I was busy convincing my kid that he was having fun, even though there were no video games to play. Anyway, if you walk along the road, you eventually enter Prosecco; at this point you know you have gone too far, unless you forgot to pack a lunch and need to buy food/drinks. The best way to find your route again is to ask a local for the trail to Miramare; after six tries we found a kind lady who pointed us in the right direction. It might help if you mention that the trail is really a stairway, as it goes straight down (or up) the hillside. A locally known landmark is a pond/park which sits where this trail starts its steep plunge down the hill. The trail appears to have been designed to connect the village of Prosecco with the railroad station of Miramare, as its downhill terminus is just next to the entrance to the station itself, but it is in a regrettable state of maintenance. The stone steps are uneven and several young trees have been allowed to sprout and grow in between the stones. It is very scenic and mostly under the canopy of trees (see photo), but passable only by people in fair physical conditions and without walking disabilities, as it drops 300 meter of altitude in less than 2km of length.
The Miramare station is a worthwhile end to this fantastic hike, with its architecture from a century and a half ago, and some impressive ironwork in the railing and candelabra of its internal staircase. The building is now out-of-service, and closed to the public. Only the train platforms remain accessible, as well as the glass windows which offer a glimpse of the inside. Cross under the twin railroad tracks and walk a short way along via Beirut to find the back entrance to the Parco di Miramare (reviewed elsewhere).
Roam through the park, find your way to the main entrance and walk about 1 km along the waterfront (where sun worshippers of all ages and in all states of undress practice their religion) to catch the bus that will take you back to the starting point.
Written September 23, 2015
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MountaineerLu
Falling Waters, WV1,462 contributions
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While visiting family in Trieste we would go often to this beautiful place for a nice run or equally enjoyable a walk or hike on the side trails while taking photographs. The best way up from the city is Tram Di Opicina, the funicular railway from downtown. the ride cost about a buck and a half. Get off at Obelisco stop. Take the underpass and walk back 100 feet to the overlook. There is limited shaded parking there and a water fountain. Fill up your water container there. no public rest rooms at this trail terminus. ( any bathroom needs will have to be met in an al fresco manner in the woods or at any bar or restaurant in the town of Prosecco at the western terminus of this trail).From this parking lot the main trail is the wide on with improved gravel. There are a few rough spots and those may present some challenges to those in wheelchairs or with disabilities however the trail is not steep. Gentle rolling hills. From the Obelisco terminus there are other more challenging hiking paths running parallel to Strada Vicentina, trail running shoes or hiking boots recommended for those ( and plenty of time). The Strada Vicentina or Napoleonica starts out without much of a view for the first mile as it traverses the forest. The views improve after that and soon a dramatic view of the city of Trieste and the Gulf appears. The rock formations on each side as the trail approaches Prosecco are beautiful. At the end you can explore the town of Prosecco or just refill your water supply and turn back. During the summer this trail is best enjoyed early in the morning or around sunset as the western part is without any shade and can get hot. On the other hand in winter this trail is sheltered from the brutal icy winds that are common in the city of Trieste. Between 5-8PM it is used very heavily by the Trieste running community.
Written July 4, 2015
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nanorui
Trieste, Italy21 contributions
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walk, or bike, or climb, or simply take a picture. The view, whatever you are doing, is amazing. And you can start from downtown, take the "tram de opcina", get off at Obelisco and start from there
Written December 4, 2014
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HeddyJones
London, UK29 contributions
Family
Tram ride from Piazza Oberdan. Get off at Obelisco and walk along the Via Napoleonica as it is know locally. This is so worth the views. It is flat and a completely maintained path. Fabulous views over Trieste and a 6 kilometers (or thereabouts not quite sure as it did not feel difficult at all) you arrive in Prosecco and can get draught Prosecco in the first little bar you come to. Then catch the bus right outside the bar back down to Trieste.
Written August 9, 2016
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RoshiP15
Kandy, Sri Lanka305 contributions
Friends
It's a 5 km walk with beautiful scenery for almost the whole walk. There are places to rest with benches along the way. It's advisable to take the tram either going up or coming down (at least one way) which gives beautiful views down below. We were not so lucky since it was a hazy day.
Written April 9, 2016
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,095 contributions
Couples
The Strada Vicentina stretches between the Oberlisk near Opicina and Prosecco-Contovello, it's an easy pedestrian path with panoramic views over Trieste and the coastline. The distance is 3.2 kilometres with a minimum rise of 250 m to 300 m above sea level. It is written that the road was thought to have been opened by Napoleon's troops in 1797.

From Trieste we caught the #2/ bus from Piazza Oberdan to Obelisco and picked up the path near the Belvedere. The path is easy and wide, with a mixture of surfaces; bitumen road, crushed stones. Starting the path at the Obelisk it is mostly a gentle downhill walk. It took us fifty minutes to reach the end of the path just before the hamlet of Prosecco where there is a small carpark. From here we continued on into Prosecco-Contovello the Sentiero Natura hiking down to Miramar then catching the bus back to Treiste.
Written July 27, 2017
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Stefano
Aarhus, Denmark98 contributions
Family
Starting from Opicina, this is a great, easy and famous walk. 4 km till Prosecco, you can decide whether to climb up on the 'Formaggino' aka Monte Grisa sanctuary. Enjoy the beautiful landscape on the sea and watch people climbing on the cliffs at the end of the path. To do!
Written July 14, 2016
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