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Gastaldi Global Travel is one of most renowned Italian Destination Management Companies and a landmark in the MICE industry for creativity, experience and quality of service. Founded in 1990, Gastaldi Global Travel belongs to Gastaldi Holding, which in 2010 celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Based in Rome with offices in Genova and more recently in Milan, we specialize in high end meeting and incentive travel, special interest tours and VIP individual programs throughout Italy. Thanks to our consolidated experience and thorough knowledge of Italian destinations and logistics, we are able to create and manage many types of unique programs while remaining focused on the best and most innovative solutions for all events with full respect of client’s budget.

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Ever thought of Trieste?

July 2014

Trieste: Unique Italian, Austrian & Slovenian Crossroad

Trieste, in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, is located on a thin stretch of land which runs between the Adriatic Sea and the upland plains which border the former. Created in grand style by the Habsburgs to give Vienna access to the bright blue Adriatic Sea, the city has a mysterious personality, given the ethnic mixture of its three main cultures: Italian, Austrian and Slovenian. Anchored to unforgettable history, it is today a border town par excellence, well renowned for literature and music.

From Trieste it is possible to reach nearby Slovenia, with its famous historic castles and the Croatian coastline with the picturesque Istrian villages of Parenzo, Rovigno and Umago.

Furthermore, the renowned Collio's wine area offers unique gourmet itineraries with its great winemakers and historic cellars, for a variety of flavours and aromas existing only in this region, where Middle European, Mediterranean and Slavic influences are condensed together.

Together with wines & spirits the ambassadors of Friulian products are a multitude of DOP and IGP marks, famous all over the world: San Daniele DOP raw ham, Montasio DOP cheese, Tergeste DOP olive oil, Brovada DOP, the friulian DOP apple, the Sauris ham IGP and much more.

Trieste can be easily combined with Milan, connected via bullet train (approx. 4 hour journey) or nearby Venice (only 1 hour and 45 minutes by bus).

Nearest international airports:
Trieste Airport (FVG) – approx. 25 miles - European flight connections through Lufthansa and Alitalia
Venice Airport (VCE) – approx. 93 miles - main European flight connections and direct flights to US


Trieste Itineraries

Trieste has a great variety of city tours and excursions:

Multi cultural Trieste: to visit the Castle and the Cathedral on San Giusto hill, the Roman Theatre, the Greek-Orthodox churches of San Nicolò dei Greci and San Spiridione,
Jewish Trieste to discover the former Jewish ghetto, the "Carlo and Vera Wagner" Museum of the Jewish Community and the Synagogue of Trieste, a magnificent building which dates back to the beginning of the 19th century,
Literary Trieste, a stroll in the town centre of Trieste to breathe the atmosphere that inspired some among the greatest Italian and European writers such as Saba, Svevo, and Joyce.

And more:
From Trieste to Muggia by sea to see the city from a different point of view, a boat tour from one side of the gulf to the other, reaching the small town of Muggia on the other side of the bay, a characteristically Venetian town and the only part of the Istria peninsula which is still a part of Italy.

Duino Castle and the Giant Cave:
Wander around the beautiful castle owned by the Princes of Thurn and Taxis and after a traditional lunch en route a visit to the local Giant Cave, the largest tourist cave in the world also featured in the Guinness Book of Records!

Sailing the Gulf:
A fascinating regatta in the gulf of Trieste, to enjoy a view of Trieste by a unique perspective and to experience the beautiful blue sea of the bay

Carso and Postojna Caves (Slovenia):
The “Stronghold of Monrupino” church and the caves in Postojna, a spectacular attraction, with part of the tour on a delightful little train that takes us almost 1 km underground!


Your Exclusive Event in Trieste

Several elegant  historic building are available for your exclusive events and gala dinners, such as the Prefettura Palace, an historic building dating back to 1905 and built by the Austrian architect Emil Artman, during the long Austro-Hungarian domination, featuring characteristic  and beautiful  mosaics.

Unique events, such as product & car launches can be organized at the Salone Degli incanti, a beautiful liberty palace with functional spaces, once a city fish market and now reconverted as an exhibitions and events centre.

For an elegant gala dinner, which could can be themed or enhanced with theatrical, musical or teambuilding elements, the Miramare Castle still offers an inimitable setting, surrounded by a flourishing park full of precious botanic species and a charming panoramic view on a cliff high above the sea.


Trieste Hotels Suggestions

Savoia Excelsior Palace ****
A completely refurbished historic building, situated in the heart of Trieste , with a magnificent view over the gulf and the historic Castello di Miramare.
144 rooms and suites
9 elegant meeting rooms
1 Mittel-European restaurant offering exquisite food and spectacular sea views.

Hotel Victoria ****
Once home of the famous Irish writer James Joyce, paying homage to the cultural traditions of Trieste by conveying the charm, history and elegance of this Middle-European city.
44 rooms and suites
1 meeting room
1 wellness & fitness area

Urban Hotel Design ****
Perfect for art, design, comfort and technology lovers,  an ideal environment for finding a nice feeling of balance and relax that allows to fully enjoy the city.
47 rooms & suites
1 meeting room
1 lounge bar

Palace Suite ****
The result of a complete restructuring of one of North Italy’s finest Art Nouveau buildings, blending classical style with the latest technologies, and designed to offer a unique taste of the city’s welcome.
16 elegant suites
1 hotel café bar


Curiosity:  The Coffee Ritual

In Trieste, a coffee is not just a morning or after-meal ritual, drunk quickly and with a single and universal name. There is a particular language to order a coffee in Trieste that denotes the town’s antique culture, dating back to the Habsburg era, through the 18th century and culminating in the inauguration of the Coffee Exchange in 1904.
Today, almost 30% of all green coffee imported into Italy passes through Trieste, making it the most important coffee port in the Mediterranean: the ratio of coffee shops in town is one for every 300 inhabitants, compared with the national average of one every 400, because meeting for a coffee is a typical characteristic of being Triestine.

If you want to order a coffee in the local dialect, this is a dictionary of special terms to learn before you come to town:

Nero: classical espresso coffee in a cup
Goccia (abbreviation of “gocciato”): a coffee with a “drop” of milk froth in the centre, a kind of “caffè macchiato”
Goccia in b: “b” stands for “bicchiere” (glass). This is an espresso with a drop of hot frothy milk, served in a small glass
Capo: espresso with a drop of hot frothy milk, served in a cup
Capo in b: espresso with a drop of hot frothy milk, served in a small multi-faceted glass
Capo in b tanta: espresso with additional milk froth, served in a glass
Capo in b tanta special: espresso with additional milk froth, served in a glass, with a dusting of chocolate powder
Caffelatte o capo in tazza grande: this is the classical “cappuccino”
Deca: decaffeinated
Cbs: “capo in b” without froth


For more information, please contact Mr. Michele Cerruti and/or Mrs. Teresa Cardinali at


Trieste canals

Cathedral San Giusto

Piazza Unita

James Joyce in Trieste


Giant Cave

Sailing the Gulf

Prefettura Palace

Salone Degli incanti

Car Launch

Castello Di Miramare

Savoia Excelsior Palace

Hotel Vittoria

Hotel Urban

Hotel Palace Suite


Il Caffè a Trieste