Suspended between the past and the future, the Opicina tramway rises up from the sea and goes straight to your heart
The Tram de Opcina
, as the people in Trieste call it, has ancient origins, yet it bears fruits fully suited to our times.
The route of the Opicina Tramway starts on the flat, leaving from Piazza Oberdan, in the centre of Trieste
and it starts to go upwards after Piazza Casali.
From this point onwards, thanks to the support provided by the cable railway, the tram starts to climb reaching a maximum slope of 26%
. After Vetta Scorcola the cable railway line ends and the adhesion railway begins and it continues right to the end of the line until it reaches the terminus, Villa Opicina (329 m above sea level).
Where to stop
Before arriving at Villa Opicina, we advise you to get off at the Obelisco stop
, one of the favourite stops of those who regularly take the Tram de Opcina
. In fact, from that point onwards, it is easy to reach the Strada Napoleonica (the Napoleonic Road)
, a panoramic itinerary that must absolutely not be missed: approximately 3.7 km along the Karst Edge, high up above the sea with marvellous panoramas overlooking Trieste
and its Gulf
The Opicina Tramway that links the centre of Trieste (Piazza Oberdan) with the suburb of Villa Opicina (situated at a height of over 300 metres, entirely within the Karst Plateau, has been operational since 1902 and as from that very day, it has never become tired of taking those who visit Trieste along a route that consists of panoramic views and great splendour.
The Opicina Tramway had already been designed at the end of the 19th century but it was only created 1902. The objective was that of reducing the travelling time of the old railway route, due to the fact that, in order to avoid the steep upward slope, it was forced to take the long way round.
Every now and again there is the need to replace and modernise materials (the pulleys fitted in 1902 were substituted in 2012!), but, essentially, one can say that it has remained the same as it was at the beginning of the last century, a sort of living monument that you absolutely must visit.