Castello di San Giusto is a treasure trove of art and culture: it is the ideal place to tell the complex history of Trieste and its surroundings, from Roman times to the present day. Your visit begins in an introductory room, which tells the history of the Castle and the city of Trieste. Continue through 15th-century rooms and along the covered walkways, which include the Armoury, to the majestic Sala Caprin and the late-Gothic Cappella di San Giorgio. Particular highlights include the vast Cortile delle Milizie (Militia Courtyard), enclosed by the fortress walls, and the three Bastions, with their fascinating views of the city, the Gulf of Trieste and the Karst Plateau.
Perhaps the most attractive way to reach the Castle on foot starts from the Rive, passing through Cavana. You have to walk along a series of narrow streets as you ascend from Borgo Teresiano up to the Castle. Another route is from the central Piazza Goldoni via the formidable Scala dei Giganti (Giants’ Stairway). Once on the Colle di San Giusto, you can enjoy breathtaking views.
Today the Castle houses the Civici Musei di Storia ed Arte (Art and History Museums), Civico Museo del Castello di San Giusto-Armeria (Castle Armoury) and the Lapidario Tergestino lapidarium in the Bastione Lalio, which includes 130 inscriptions, bas-reliefs and sculptures.