Strada Vicentina

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Strada Vicentina
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Zurich, Switzerland20,544 contributions
through carst high above the coast
Dec 2019
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 3 November 2020
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Brezovica pri Ljubljani, Slovenia248 contributions
Beautiful footpath with nice view
Jan 2020
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 14 January 2020
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Stockport, UK549 contributions
Can't see the views for the trees!
Jul 2019
The start of this walk can be reached by taking the no.2 or no. 4 bus from Trieste (but return tickets from the kiosk in Piazza Oberdan) - get off at the obelisk just prior to Opicina or you'll be walking back along the road to the start of the walk (as we did!). The walk is along an easy, wide, mainly gravelled path and offers beautiful glimpses and panoramic views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste - inbetween the trees! The path leads to Prosecco and is 5km long and we walked along it in both directions - it is slightly downhill towards Prosecco - and slightly uphill on the way back....! We stopped for a drink in Prosecco itself and enjoyed the light exercise!
Written 14 August 2019
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Brighton and Hove, UK2,084 contributions
Very attractive with easy walking, superb views and wild flowers in Springtime.
May 2019 • Solo
The Strada Vicentina, or as it also know the Napoleonica,
is a 3.7km walk along the hillside above Trieste. It starts at
the Obelisco, which can be easily reached by the 02 bus
from Trieste. Ignore the advice in Rough Guide about starting
from the Obelisco campsite as this is the start of another walk
in the opposite direction. The Strada Vicentina walk is along
a wide almost flat path. If there has been recent strong winds
you may see warning signs in Italian and Slovenian about the
danger of falling trees and branches.The route is very
straightforward as the path is much wider and better maintained
than other footpaths you will come across. Along the walk
you will enjoy superb views, attractive woodland, wild flowers and
wild life.The walk ends at Borgo Nazario near Prosecco where
you can take buses back to Trieste. As you approach Borgo
Nazario you may see rock climbers on the limestone cliffs
above the walk.
Written 3 June 2019
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Norwich, UK35 contributions
Nice walk with good views over the bay
Sep 2018 • Couples
We caught the #4 bus from Trieste (Piazza Oberdan) to Obelisco. I think you can catch the #2 as well but ask at the tourist point in
Piazza Unita d’Italia, they were very helpful. Be aware you have to buy tickets beforehand. I think most newsagents sell them. 1.25 Euro. Validate the ticket when you get on the bus and it lasts an hour. If you are catching the bus back worth getting two tickets as we didn’t see anywhere in Prosecco to buy them.
Easy stroll with great views over the bay. Mainly flat on compact gravel. There is not much to see in Prosecco itself but we enjoyed a glass of the wine anyway. Why wouldn’t you?! You can catch the bus back from Prosecco to Trieste (#42 I think but again easy to check at tourist point) but we continued our walk to Castello Miramare. We were told it would take about 45 minutes, which it did when we found the right way!
As you head out of Prosecco there is a ‘3 triangle’ shaped symbol on a bend in the road. Take the path from there but be aware it splits into several paths and you have to take the right one. I think it was the middle one (second from the left) but basically if you have not found some steep steps within 300-400 yards of the ‘triangles’ you are on the wrong path so retrace your steps and try again!
Descend the steps until you reach a rough pathway. Turn left until you reach the road. Turn right onto the road and continue until it starts to bear left. Here you will see a clearing on your right and shortly beyond that you will see more steep steps on your right. Take these and follow down to the road. Cross the road (keeping the building on your right) down more steps. Eventually cross under the railway line and you are in the grounds of Castello Miramare. A further 10-15 minute walk gets you to the castle which is quite impressive. The steps are quite manageable but reasonably steep and a bit uneven so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have mobility issues. I would imagine they are also quite tricky in the wet.
Once you have seen the castle the #6 (closest) or #36 bus will take you back to Trieste.
Written 10 September 2018
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Scottsdale, AZ242 contributions
nice moderate walk out and back,
Jul 2018 • Couples
started at Prosecco trail-head, out on seaside path, then took higher path for return for complete different setting, through the forest. very nice great experience. not crowded at all
Written 21 July 2018
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Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia150 contributions
Sightseeing path
Oct 2017 • Couples
Beautifully arranged footpath over Trieste with beautiful views. I recommend a circular return past the Temple of Monte Gris.
Written 4 November 2017
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Ljubljana, Slovenia51 contributions
Nice path with great views
Oct 2017 • Family
It is a nice path above Adriatic and Trieste for walking or running. Near is also beautiful Castello Miramare and Trieste with its old buildings and piazzas where you can enjoy sunny day.
Written 31 October 2017
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Brisbane, Australia11,972 contributions
Scenic hiking route
May 2017 • 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 27 July 2017
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Trieste, Italy10 contributions
Great place to enjoy the view and go for a nice over an hour walk
Aug 2016 • Family
You have access to it by both ends: from Opicina with the Tram di Opicina or bus and:
from the village Prosecco that you can reach with a Bus from down town! In Prosecco many good fish restaurants!
Written 2 November 2016
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