At Miramare Castle in Trieste, where the grandeur of history blends with the beauty of the landscape
During a trip to discover the beautiful, unique sights of Trieste, obviously you must visit Miramare Castle that stands out in all its white splendour against the Grignano promontory, with a sheer drop into the sea below.
This is an old aristocratic residence that, even today, still perfectly preserves its original furnishings and it is waiting to open its doors to show you its great, lush garden outside.
Miramare Castle – historical information
Between 1856 and 1860, the Archduke Maximilian Habsburg had this great palazzo built on land that was intended to undergo reclamation and therefore it was perfect for the future plants that he would have been brought back from his many trips overseas.
Following the death of Maximilian in 1867, Miramare Castle hosted the Habsburg family on many occasions and in particular, also Princess Sissi and the Emperor Franz Joseph.
After the First World War, the Castle came under Italian administration that was then to use such building as a Museum.
On land that was formerly Karst land, almost without any vegetation whatsoever, Maximilian of Habsburg carried out many admirable botanical projects, until he created a splendid 22-hectare park to both protect and enrich Miramare Castle.
The park hosts valuable sculptures and many plant species, some of which have come directly from Maximilian’s many trips abroad.
Inside the Park, opposite the small, suggestive port of Grignano, you can find the Castelletto that today is the headquarters of the Directorate-General of the Miramare Marine Natural Reserve, but which was of particular historical importance during the 19th century, when for a few years - after the first sign of her mental imbalance – it hosted Charlotte, Maximilian Habsburg’s wife.