The Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta is a 5-star boutique hotel, located in the most beautiful square in Europe with a sea view, Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste.
Built in 1873, the Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta stands in an area with a long history starting in 1300. Illustrious guests, celebrities, and nobles of the highest rank stayed in its rooms during the 17th century: the Archduchess Maria Maddalena d’Austria, wife of Cosimo de’ Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany (1608), the Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, wife of Ferdinand I (1631), Federico Gonzaga Duke of Mantua (1662), Admiral Horatio Nelson, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, the archeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the emperors Joseph II and Leopold II, Giacomo Casanova and Carlo Goldoni, just to mention a few.
The restyling of the hotel, firmed by Egidio Panzera Architect, took shape from the idea to preserve the heritage of the site and to introduce contemporary interpretations. The Hotel reopened in 2020 and you can fully enjoy the spaces between the past and the contemporary. When you pass through the original wooden door the lobby is a “theatrical” space; an extravagant chandelier made from fine Venetian crystal with aquamarine tinges is the leading actor, the iridescent carpet and the top of the historic wooden counter, made from glass fused with golden and bronze, highlight the same flickering reflections of Trieste’s lights on the sea. The building’s stairwell was transformed into an unconventional art gallery and an exhibition itinerary has been created around the elevator shaft and on the floor landings.
Rooms and Suites are all different and describe the connotative aspects of the city of Trieste: complexity, contrast, and reflection. The concept involved the insertion of a contemporary touch within the heritage of the preexisting space of each room and suite.
Renewed in 1972 by Arrigo Cipriani of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, the Harry’s brand has managed to maintain its appeal and unique vibe over time. One of a kind concept that, born in Venice, found its own spot in the extraordinary city of Trieste, where Harry’s fully represents a brand that is synonymous with eno-gastronomic excellence. Among the cornerstones of Harry’s philosophy, there is one that is particularly important to the chef Matteo Metullio e Davide De Pra, they call it: QUALITY-MILE. Their eno-gastronomic journey blends local elements and far away ingredients, land and sea; constantly looking for the quality without territorial limits, as a ship ready to sail towards new worlds. Harry’s Piccolo – 2 Michelin stars – an intimate venue where you can treat yourself to an exclusive gastronomic experience.
The sparkle of charming Trieste. Loved by writers such as Rilke and Joyce, Trieste boasts an idyllic setting and you will discover its grandeur and appeal. The city is vibrant, has its own unique charm, is full of history and beautiful architecture and attractions, and offers more plenty of excursions.
10 TOP-rated Attractions & Things to do in Trieste
Friuli Venezia Giulia. A region filled with hidden treasures, you will visit the notable Mosaics School in Spilimbergo: the only one of its kind in the world, it hosts students from many different nations.