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The City

Trieste, European City of Science in 2020 with a relevant scientific vocation, is located in the north-eastern coast of Italy, approximately 120 km east of Venice. It has been a cultural crossroads for centuries and the people, customs, architecture, and cuisine reflect this multicultural nature. It is a vibrant port city and is situated between the sea and the Karst plateau.

Outside the city center a promenade called “Riviera di Barcola” runs along the coast, below the Victory lighthouse on Gretta hill, to the Miramare Castle. This Castle and Miramare Gardens were built between 1856 and 1860 as residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg, later Emperor of Mexico. The city’s seafront is very popular in summer and fills with swimmers.

The San Giusto Castle, the Roman Theatre and the Roman ruins are the main symbols of its history. Images and memories of the past also populate the streets, from the narrow alleys that characterize the historic center with their ruined walls and picturesque houses, to the wide central streets that cross the modern part of the city with its imposing neo-classical buildings.

Trieste is also the “coffee capital”: its various elegant historic cafes, which often host musical or poetry performances or other scientific-literary and cultural initiatives, reflect this role recognized at European level. Moreover, in the bars you can taste high-quality white and red wines produced in the local “Colli Orientali” and Karst (Carso) regions, accompanied by a good platter of cured meats, especially cooked ham, and local cheeses.

Trieste is also known as “la città del vento”, because of its famous powerful wind, the strong and cold Bora. International regattas take place throughout the year. The most important of these is the Barcolana, which in 2019 was named by the Guinness World Records as the “Largest Sailing Race in the World”. This year will be the 56th edition.

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Several European and Italian cities are connected to Trieste with regular flights through Ronchi dei Legionari airport, located approximately 30/40 minutes by car to Trieste city centre.
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Train from Ronchi dei Legionari airport to Trieste city centre A regular train service runs from Trieste airport to Trieste railway station (journey time approx. 30 min). The ticket must be purchased before boarding the train and it costs € 4.60.

Bus services from Ronchi dei Legionari airport to Trieste city centre A regular public bus service operates to “Trieste Centrale” railway station and tickets (€ XXX) can be bought before boarding at the tourist information counter, or from the 24-hour automatic ticket machine, both located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport.

Timetables are subject to changes (to access the web site: All buses depart from outside the Arrivals Hall.


A taxi station is located outside the airport Arrivals Hall and the service is available from 8 am to midnight [Tel: +39 – 0481-778000]. The approximate cost to Trieste city centre is € 85.


Venice Marco Polo airport, with a large number of national, international and transatlantic flights daily, is located approximately 120 kms to the west of Trieste.
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Direct bus service with ATVO Fly Bus shuttle (download timetable) operates from the airport to “Venezia Mestre” railway station; the fare is Euro 8.00 for a single ticket (Euro 15.00 for a return) and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Tickets can be purchased either on-line or at the ATVO Stand (08:00 – 24:00 hrs.) in the Arrivals Hall or directly on the bus.



Radiotaxi to Mestre railway station: Tel: +39-041-5964, 24-hour service. The approximate cost is € 40.


A regular train service runs from Venezia Mestre to Trieste railway station (journey time approximately 2 hours). The cost of the ticket is between approximately € 14 and 20. For further information:


Located in the city centre, trains operated by Trenitalia travel frequently between Trieste and major Italian cities. For more information:

Visa Information

International attendees should check whether they need a Visa to travel to Italy.

You can check this on the Italian foreign Ministry website at or by contacting your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate.

If you do need a Visa we strongly suggest that you apply as early as possible to your nearest Italian consulate, as it may take 4-6 weeks for a visa to be issued.

Information on the easy steps to follow when applying for your Visa is available here.

The VISA Support Form is available here.

Easy steps to follow when applying for your Visa

  1. Confirm whether you need a Visa for travel to Italy.

  2. Contact your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate to obtain all the relevant application forms and information.

  3. The receipt of registration/letter of acceptance for the Conference from Area Science Park is the official document certifying the purpose and period of your travel to Italy.

  4. Have all your documentation ready when you make your application (i.e., valid passport, completed application forms from the Embassy or Consulate, receipt of registration/letter of acceptance, plus documents detailing your employment status, reasons for travel and proof of payment of the Visa fee). Individual Embassies or Consulates may also have additional requirements.

  5. If necessary, Area Science Park can supply a letter of assistance to support your Visa application. To obtain this you must send to Area Science Park (

    • a photocopy of your passport showing full details of nationality, place and date of birth, passport number, date of issue and date of expiry

    • the Visa form you can download here duly completed: VISA Support Form

Please note that:

  • Area Science Park can do this only once per applicant, so ensure that all data, such as passport number or spelling of names are strictly accurate.

  • Issue of Visas is solely under the jurisdiction of the Embassy or Consulate concerned. We regret that Area Science Park has no influence over the issue of a Visa and may not contact any Embassy or Consulate directly other than supplying the letter of assistance mentioned in section 5.

  • Visa regulations are continually changing: Check with your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate for the current requirements and procedures.