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“Duino,place of the Thur Taxis family.”
Review of Castello di Duino

Castello di Duino
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Duino
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Monfalcone, Italy
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11 reviews
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“Duino,place of the Thur Taxis family.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Proud castle over Trieste bay of proud Thur Taxis family which invented and organised post service in Europe.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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“A must for culture vultures”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

If you've read Rilke's Duino Elegies, you have to visit Castello di Duino. Still owned by the Thurn und Taxis family, the castle is in much better shape and much more appealing as a residence than its neighbor, Miramare. It's filled with photos and memorabilia of the family and their illustrious guests - artists, royalty, political figures. There's also a notable collection of instruments, including a piano played by Liszt. Stand on the terrace where Rilke wrote the first elegies, look up and down the spectacular coast, and you, too, will be inspired to write poetry.

Visited September 2012
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Province of Venice, Italy
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“Great view of the sea”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

I have been here with the school some years ago and I really enjoyed visiting this castle. Part of the inside is a museum where you can see the furniture and how it used to be when people lived there. The family who owns the castle still lives there in another part of it which is private.
The view of the sea is breathtaking, there is a small private beach next to it which really looks beautiful. I would suggest to visit it on a sunny day, you can see the Croatian and Slovenian shore on the other side of the water. Very close to it there is Rilke Path, overlooking the sea and surrounded by local vegetation.

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Ireland
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“A most enjoyable day trip from Trieste”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

By early afternoon the rain had stopped so we went to the marvellous Duino Castle, taking Bus 44 from the terminus at Piazza Oberdan in central Trieste. It wasn’t immediately obvious where the Duino stop was but a friendly passenger told us.

The entrance walkway lined with attractive statuary gives a sense of the attractions ahead. In the grounds we had a great view of the old ruined castle jutting into the Gulf. Preparations for a gala dinner and event that evening were busily underway with film crews etc but the atmosphere was very relaxed and busily informal with no restrictions whatsoever on the visitors.

We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely walk around the new castle. The library is quite large and lined with attractive dark wooden bookcases full of publications and manuscripts. We paused for a while in the small family chapel. There is a very strong musical heritage associated with the castle. This is reflected in the many exhibits of musical instruments along the corridors and elsewhere. A quartet was actually practising in a space at the end of a corridor. Downstairs the cool grotto with its gorgeous vaulted ceiling has some lovely displays including large colourful crystals.

We were intrigued to see the family trees showing the interweaving of European royal and titled families over nearly a millennium. The many historical documents on view are most impressive. One of the most fascinating is a letter hand written by Queen Elizabeth in February 1952 on Clarence House headed paper to her Aunt Mari about the death of her father King George VI.

On the way out we visited the adjoining WW II bunker that is evocatively dark and dank.

All in all a marvellous outing to a absorbing historical castle.

Visited September 2011
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Pas-de-Calais, France
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“A bit of a hidden gem”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Not far from its grander cousin, Miramare, not that many people have actually heard of this castle, tucked away in the centre of Duino, a small town just north of Trieste. As a result, it's rarely crowded and there is no problem parking, unlike Miramare where in the high season they often run out of parking spaces... which you don't find out until you've spent 20 minutes queuing to get in :( There are actually two castles at Duino - the old ruined one and the new one. The old one is worth spending twenty to 30 minutes on.

The new castle has an interesting history, some fascinating nooks and crannies and a superb collection of old musical instruments, including, in some cases, old paintings of the very instrument being played. There is a relaxed, rather laid-back atmosphere and this carries on into the small cafe/bar.

A climb to the top of the tower is rewarded with interesting views, as is a descent into the WWII bunker - the belvedere (beware - the latter requires negotiating a lot of stairs, some damp and slippery; also the floors at the bottom are uneven).

We spent most of a day in Duino and thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and just down the road from the car park for the castle (which is a few minutes walk away) there's a small supermarket which does good food very cheapl, if you want to picnic.

Visited August 2011
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