Trieste, located in the North-East of Italy, bordering Slovenia, is the capital of the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Since it is situated at the head of the Gulf of Trieste, a shallow bay of the Adriatic Sea, it serves as an important seaport in the region.
Trieste's population is an ethnic mix of its neighbouring regions and countries: Venice, Austria and Slovenia. The dominant local Venetian dialect of Trieste is called Triestine (in Italian "Triestino") and the official Italian language are spoken in the city centre while Slovene is spoken in several of the immediate suburbs.
Geographically, Trieste enjoys a unique and beautiful natural location as it is surrounded by the Carsic hills and the Adriatic Sea. The quality of life is high, and one's leisure time can be spent in tourism, culture and sports without the drawbacks that affect larger Italian cities such as heavy traffic jams, smog, and delinquency.
Science and scientific research have always played a key role in Trieste: a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, the Trieste Science System comprises 9 international and national research centres, 3 universities, 7 industrial districts, 4 accelerators of innovation, 4 research and teaching hospitals, high schools of excellence.
In 2020 Trieste will be the European City of Science.
The IEB 2020 conference will be held in the extraordinary area of the Old Port (Porto Vecchio), which had been for decades the commercial port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now an outstanding architectural and industrial heritage site that the Trieste Municipality is redeveloping and requalifying.
How to get to Trieste
A4 Torino - Trieste motorway
A23 Tarvisio - Udine - Palmanova motorway and then A4
SS15 via Flavia from border Rabuiese (Muggia)
SS58 from border Fernetti
Trieste is connected through the A4 highway with the Italian and European highway system. You can reach Trieste through the A4 highway from Venice-Mestre, or the A23 highway from Tarvisio-Austria and exit at Lisert. Follow signs for “Sistiana-Strada Costiera”, then take route SS14, a panoramic road leading directly to the city centre (km. 18). Alternatively, take the Prosecco exit (immediately after the tunnel) and continue towards Villa Opicina. At the roundabout turn right and continue downhill to Trieste. Highway 15, Via Flavia Capodistria (Koper): Rabuiese State Border (coming from Slovenia). Highway 58 della Carniola: Lubiana–Fernetti–Opicina State Border (coming from Slovenia); link with Highway 202.
If you are coming by car: TCC (congress venue) has its own parking area (free for all delegates)
Trieste - Gorizia - Udine
Trieste - Monfalcone - Cervignano - Venezia
The Trieste railway station is in the city centre, next to the city main hotels. It is connected hourly to Venice Mestre station, from where you can easily find a train to the main Italian cities.
For more information about train timetables, please visit www.trenitalia.com.
Ljubljana - Opicina
Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia - TRS
Ronchi dei Legionari (Go) - Trieste
Trieste Regional Airport, 33 Km from Trieste
Trieste Airport train stop
Public Transport company APT operates bus and coach shuttle services connecting the airport to/from TRIESTE: coach number 51, that arrives in piazza Libertà, next to the railway station of Trieste.
The buses leave from the airport every half hour and take about one hour to get to Trieste. The taxi service from the airport is active from 8 am to 12 am (tel: +39 0481 778000). The taxi cabs are situated at the exit of the arrival area.
Venice International Airport
120 km from Trieste
bus routes and shuttle buses connect the airport to Venice-Mestre train station
Bus lines and shuttles connect the airport to the Venezia-Mestre Rail Station (the bus from Venice airport to Trieste takes 1h 50m).
Direct trains connect Venezia-Mestre to Trieste (journey time: about 30 minutes). For more information: www.veniceairport.it - www.trenitalia.it.
Treviso International Airport
145 km from Trieste
bus routes and shuttle buses connect the airport to the railway station of Venice-Mestre and Treviso.
Ljubljana Airport (Slovenia)
114 km from Trieste
Science bus airport shuttle is a collective door-to door shuttle service connecting Trieste to the main airports: Ronchi dei Legionari, Ljubljana Brnik, Venice and Treviso. Return trips to/from Trieste to/from the airports are available upon reservation (except on Saturdays and Sundays). Info and booking on available upon reservation on www.science-bus.com
Daily trips to Graz, Vienna, Monaco, Frankfurt, Venice, Milan, Rome, Bologna and many other Italian and European cities.
Öbb Ferrovie Austriache
Trieste-Piran, Rovinj, Pula and Porec
TCC - Trieste Convention Center
Magazzino 28 - Porto Vecchio
(1,5 km from Trieste Railway Station)
TCC. is Trieste new Convention Center now under construction in the Old Port of Trieste. Located in one of the most interesting redevelopment areas in Europe, starting from May 2020 Warehouses 27 and 28 will be home to international congresses, corporate events, summits, airs and exhibitions.
How to reach the Congress Venue
TCC - Trieste Convention Center
Piazza della Borsa
Magazzino 26 - Porto Vecchio
New bus line 81
from Piazza della Borsa to Magazzino 26-Porto Vecchio
Daily from 10.25 (first departure from Piazza della Borsa) t0 17.25 (last departure from Porto Vecchio)
Outbound: stops at Via Filzi 3, Viale MIramare (Parisi) and Largo Roiano.
Inbound: stops at Largo Roiano, Viale Miramare (Train Station) and Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi (Teatro Miela).
Departures from Departures from
Piazza della Borsa Porto Vecchio Magazzino 26
PIAZZALE GIOBERTI – GRIGNANO
OUTBOUND: Piazzale Gioberti – Via Giulia – Via Battisti – Via Carducci – Piazza Oberdan – Stazione Centrale – Viale Miramare – Barcola – Grignano
INBOUND: Reverse route
BIVIO MIRAMARE – VIA GIULIA
OUTBOUND: Bivio Miramare – Viale Miramare – Barcola – Viale Miramare – Roiano – Railway station – Via Ghega – Via Carducci – Via Giulia
INBOUND: Reverse route
Further info on local transportation in Trieste on
1 day: € 10,00 - 2° and following days: € 9,00
The first thing you notice about Trieste may be how little it looks like Italy. There's a good reason: from 1382 until 1919 it was part of Austria. As the Austrian Empire grew smaller, Trieste became its only major sea port, and by the late 1700s had replaced Venice as the Adriatic's principal center of trade with the Near East. A 1954 treaty returned Trieste to Italian control, and it was fully incorporated into Italy in 1963 as the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. All this history shows in the colorful mix of people, languages, cuisines, and architecture, and it is the last of these that will strike you first. Grand buildings in traditional Habsburg style that would be at home in Vienna stand between others in Neoclassical, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and other styles, punctuated by a few remains of the Roman city of Tergeste. All these arrange themselves in a near-perfect setting of broad streets and squares facing the Adriatic. At the heart of this is the Canale Grande, a wide basin that extends into the city and reflects the colors of elegant buildings that line its banks.
Here are some of the main tourist attractions in Trieste:
Trieste's magnificent main square is without question the most famous sight in the city centre. Said to be the largest sea-facing square in all of Europe at some 12,280 m2, the space has undergone numerous changes over its more than 700 years of existence. Originally known as St Peter's Square, for much of its history it was referred to simply as Piazza Grande before changing to Piazza Unità after the city was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy following WWI, and Piazza Unità d’Italia in 1955 when the Free Territory of Trieste formally reverted to Italian control. The square is fronted by some of the city's most impressive and important buildings, as well as several large monuments, a couple of historical cafés and innumerable remarkable architectural details.
At the corner of the Piazza Venezia, the Museo Civico Revoltella is one of Italy's major museums of modern art, with more than a thousand paintings and 800 sculptures, as well as prints and drawings. Its six floors and 40 rooms cover all the major movements from the mid-1800s through to the modernists. The collections include works by nearly all the most significant names in 20th-century Italian art: Carlo Carrà, Giorgio Morandi, Lucio Fontana, and Mario Sironi among them. The building itself is a stunning architectural specimen, and in the summer months the top floor café and terrace stay open late from Thursday to Sunday.
The Victory Lighthouse was designed by the architect Arduino Berlam and commissioned in 1927. As well as a guide for nocturnal navigation in the Gulf of Trieste, it also serves as a monument commemorating sailors who died during the First World War, as witnessed by the inscription at its base: "Shine in memory of those who died at sea (MCMXV - MCMXVIII)". The Trieste lighthouse is clad with stone slabs from the Karst and Istria, and surmounted by a dome housing the lantern, which has an average range of 30 miles. Giovanni Mayer's copper statue, Winged Victory, stands on the dome, while below the lighthouse lies the anchor of the destroyer Audace, the first Italian ship to dock at the port of Trieste in 1918, giving its name to the Audace pier. The Vittoria lighthouse site offers a year-round breathtaking view of the Gulf of Trieste. The interior of the lighthouse can be seen on weekends, but only up to the first terrace of the monumental structure.