EXPLORING THE PLEASURES OF THE CARSO
An initiative to explore the many features of the Carso between Trieste and Gorizia: flora, fauna, geology and ecology, with elements of history and culture. And to discover what makes this territory unique and different from all others.
It proposes charming easy-to-reach trails, some accessible by public transport, to be tackled by people of all ages and fitness levels. Slow-paced walks to give a chance to take in and savour the experience. Guided tours in Italian, English, German, Slovenian.
With the possibility of visiting local farms and tasting local food and wine at typical eateries.
Itineraries for persons with motor or health problems are also available.
Walking trails suitable for all ages
and all fitness levels
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Possibility of combining several trails into a longer hike taking one or several days
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Pleasures of the Carso
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CURIOSI DI NATURA
A cooperative of professionals working in the field of responsible tourism and environmental outreach, it has been operating in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and in particular in the Carso area since 2001. It collaborates with private individuals, agencies, schools and public bodies. It organises slow-paced excursions, and initiatives to valorise the territory and promote ecological culture.
We are members of AITR – the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism (member of EARTH - European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality).
TRIESTE, BETWEEN THE CARSO AND THE SEA
A cultural and commercial centre and a port city; with both central European and Mediterranean features, Trieste has for centuries been a melting pot of different populations, languages, religions and cultures. Known as the “Little Vienna by the Sea”, the city is rich in culture and history, spanning from Ancient Rome to Austro-Hungarian to contemporary history.
It is a place where you can walk around admiring the streets and squares with their stately palaces built in neoclassical, liberty, eclectic and baroque style, visit museums, places of worship of different religions (Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Lutheran Evangelical, Swiss Evangelical churches, and a synagogue), castles, ancient Roman ruins… or where to take in the atmosphere of its historical cafés.
Trieste is surrounded by a rich and varied natural environment: it faces the sea, a source of work, leisure and sports while, just behind it, the Carso plateau stands out rising abruptly over 300 metres above sea level.
A short tram or bus ride is all it takes to go from the city centre to the quiet of the Carso woods, with their evocative atmospheres and views, and where it is not unusual to come across roedeer. You can walk around the Carso without difficulty and visit caves, dolinas, and rocky outcrops shaped by the rain, or just stroll through the vineyards and rural villages. Or again, walk across landscapes like the Karstic grassland, rich in colourful flowers and cotinus shrubs or smokebushes, with their red and orange autumn foliage.
A territory rich in biodiversity and historical sites - from prehistory to Roman times to the world wars - all within easy reach of the city. From spectacular cliffs overlooking the sea to rocky valleys, from vineyards and olive groves to woods with caves, sinkholes and rocky outcrops sculpted by the rain.
The Carso offers pleasant walks all year round: in spring among the richly coloured flowers; in summer along flat and shaded trails; in autumn among the bright colours of its landscape; in winter along the sun-beaten coastal trails sheltered from the wind