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San Giusto Castle

San Giusto Castle stands on a hill of the same name that overlooks the city. The history of this hill is as long as that of the city itself.
Castello di San Giusto
It is here that the first fortified settlement was built, the predecessor of Roman Tergeste.
In 1382 Trieste, worn out by the constant Venetian reprisals, signed the act of Spontaneous Surrender to Austria, under which the city maintained its independence but was protected by an Imperial Captain, and so it was that in 1468 Frederick III ordered the building, at the citizens' expense, of a Fortress flanked by a tower at the top of the San Giusto hill.

The three sides of the current triangular perimeter walls of the Captain's House were added over the centuries. The first round bastion was built in 1508, perhaps as a taunt, by the Venetians, who occupied the city for a year. It was followed by the polygonal south-eastern Lalio bastion in 1557, and finally, in 1636, by the third bastion, which completed the fortress.

Castello di san Giusto
The Castle never experienced significant military activity, and so has endured until today.

With its strategic location the ramparts offer stunning views over the city and the Gulf of Trieste. In the museum, housed in the Captain's House, visitors can admire the Late Gothic San Giorgio Chapel and Giuseppe Caprin's sumptuous Sala Veneta. It also contains a rich collection of weapons dating from the twelfth century to the nineteenth.

The Lalio Bastion houses the Lapidario Tergestino, containing around 130 inscriptions, bas-reliefs and sculptures that have helped to reconstruct the history and appearance of Roman Tergeste.

Points of Interest
At the entrance you can admire the original statues of "Mikeze and Jakeze", the two automata that mark the hours on the bell tower of the Trieste Town Hall.

Group booking
The group leader must ensure interpersonal distancing of at least one meter between members, except for cohabiting groups.
In consideration of the organization of the spaces of the individual museum structures, the composition of each group is allowed:

in the maximum number of 15 people for the Revoltella Museum, the Winckelmann Museum of Antiquities, the War Museum for Peace "Diego de Henriquez", the Risiera di San Sabba-National Monument, the Castle of San Giusto - Armeria and Lapidario Tergestino to the Lalio Bastion, Civico Museo del Mare - Sezione Lloyd al Magazzino 26, Orto Botanico;

in the maximum number of 10 people for the "Carlo Schmidl" Theater Museum, the Sartorio Museum, the Museum of Oriental Art, the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Oberdan Memorial, the Documentation Center of the Foiba di Basovizza, the Museum of Natural History;

in the maximum number of 5 people for the Swabian Museum, the Joyce Museum, the Petrarchesco-Piccolomineo Museum.

Reservations (max 1 group every 15 minutes) can be made from the home page of the single Museum which directs interested parties to the Midaticket portal; to the e-mail address of the individual Museum; by calling the Museum directly during opening hours.
Civico Museo Revoltella -

Civico Museo Teatrale "Carlo Schmidl" -

Civico Museo del Castello di San Giusto -

Civico Museo di Guerra per la Pace "Diego de Henriquez" -

Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba -

Civico Museo di Storia Naturale -

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Castello di San Giusto (San Giusto Castle)
piazza della Cattedrale, 3
tel. +39 040 30 93 62

admission fee
opening hours and admission price on the museum website

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