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Trieste, Italy

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45°38.88′N, 13°45.48′E
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TriesteAerial.jpgTrieste with Marina San Giusto in foreground and Bacino Sacchetta behind]]

The city of Trieste sits at the head of the gulf of the same name at the NE corner of the Adriatic, at the end of a narrow strip of Italy that projects SE for 22 miles from the port of Monfalcone into the territory of its neighbour to the E, Slovenia. Originally a minor Roman settlement, Trieste’s strategic position was recognized by the growing Austrian empire and the city came under Austrian control from the 16th century onwards. By the 19th century, Trieste was one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and this golden age was reflected in the construction of most of the splendid buildings that grace the city today. By the turn of the century, the city had become the fourth largest in the entire Austro-Hungarian empire, only exceeded by Vienna, Prague and Budapest. Trieste became part of Italy following the dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 at the end of the Great War, a position which was confirmed at the end of World War II, although most of Istria to the S and modern-day Slovenia to the E became part of the new Federation of Yugoslavia. Today Trieste is an important commercial hub, with a large container port, oil terminal, shipbuilding and steelworks as well as a substantial financial services sector. Its 19th century harbour of Porto Vecchio and associated warehouses have been the subject of major development in recent years, and most of Trieste’s yacht berthing facilities are in this area, in the small Marina San Giusto and the large basin of Bacino Sacchetta. A further small yacht harbour lies on the northern outskirts of the city in the suburb of Barcola. Shelter is good in most parts of the old harbour, although Trieste is not a place to have your boat in the water during the winter, when the savage bora winds can reach 45-50 knots or more


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During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


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The approach to Trieste is well buoyed and free from dangers. Three detached breakwaters SW of the Porto Vecchio are conspicuous in the approach from S, while in the approach from N the lighthouse of Faro della Vittoria, on a hill behind the suburb of Barcola two miles N of the Porto Vecchio, is a good landmark. See details of berthing locations below for closer approaches.


There are a number of berthing options in Trieste, although most yachts usually head for the small Marina San Giusto or the adjacent basin of Bacino Sacchetta, both in the Porto Vecchio. A quieter, albeit less central berthing option for smaller yachts (up to 12 metres) might be the small harbour of Barcola two miles N of the Porto Vecchio - although this is often full of local vessels - or the private pontoons in the industrial basin of Zaule, three miles SW on the southern fringes of the city. Finally, a larger yacht may find a berth in the commercial basin of Porto Franco Vecchio half a mile N of Marina San Giusto.

Bacino Sacchetta

World icon.png 45°38.92′N, 13°45.59′E
Bacino Sacchetta lies immediately W of the small basin of Marina San Giusto, in the large sheltered basin of what was the first harbour of Trieste, Porto Vecchio. The basin has a total of around 400 berths on a series of pontoons managed by two separate sailing clubs, the Yacht Club Adriaco and the Società Triestina della Vela. Depths are from 2.0 - 14 .0 metres. Water and electricity at all berths. Contact either of the clubs for mooring requests.

Yacht Club Adriaco
Address: Yacht Club Adriaco, Molo Sartorio 1, 34123 Trieste, Italy
Telephone: +39 040 304539
Fax: +39 040 3224789
Office manned: 1030-1230 and 1700-1900 Monday - Saturday)
Società Triestina della Vela
Address: Società Triestina della Vela, Pontile Istria 8, 34123 Trieste, Italy
Telephone: +39 040 306327
Fax: +39 040 313257
(Office manned: 0900-1200 on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 1600 -1800 on Friday)


World icon.png 45°40.91′N, 13°44.99′E
The small harbour of Barcola lies two miles N of the Porto Vecchio in the suburb of Barcola. The lighthouse of Faro della Vittoria, on a hill behind the harbour, is an excellent landmark. The harbour lies behind a long breakwater parallel with the shore and space inside is quite tight. It is usually crowded with local yachts and really only suitable for smaller vessels of 12-15 metres. Within the harbour are around 270 berths managed by four separate yacht and sailing clubs for yachts up to 15 metres. Depths in the basin are 1.5 - 4.0 metres. There are no facilities here other than a few water points. Entry here would be dangerous in strong winds.


World icon.png 45°36.50′N, 13°48.00′E
Zaule is a heavily industrialised zone on the southern fringes of the city, S of the commercial docks. The yacht berths here lie at the top end of a long, 200 metre wide canal, oriented WSW/ENE and are on four pontoons on the N and S sides of the canal. The pontoons are managed by a private concessionaire, but a berth may be available if a bertholder is away. There are around 50 berths on the pontoons for yachts of up to 12.0 metres. Depths range from 2.0 - 7.0 metres. There are no facilities on the pontoons.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina San Giusto World icon.png 45°38.92′N, 13°45.59′E is situated in a small basin, enclosed by an L-shaped floating pontoon, at the SW end of the Porto Vecchio, immediately E of the large yacht basin of Bacino Sacchetta. The marina currently provides 226 berths for yachts up to 24 metres, plus 13 alongside berths for ‘megayachts’. Depths in the basin are 5.0 - 17.0 metres. Click on the link for details.


There are no suitable anchorages in the vicinity of Trieste.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


See Marina San Giusto for details.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

See Marina San Giusto for details.

Things to do Ashore


Many of the grand buildings of Trieste’s 19th century golden age still stand, especially around the huge square of Piazza Unita d’Italia. The climb up to the hill of San Giusto is rewarded with the prospect of the huge 15th century Castello di San Giusto, which contains a small museum. The nearby Basilica di San Giusto has 14th century frescoes. Along the Canal Grande which borders the N end of the Porto Vecchio is the 19th century Serbian Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon, which contains some magnificent mosaics. The city also contains the remains of a Roman theatre and a Roman arch, Arco di Riccardo (so called becuase King Richard the Lionheart of England is reputed to have passed through it on his return from the Crusades. A few kilometers N of the city near Grignano is the imposing 19th century palace of Castello di Miramare. Just three kilometers inland of Castello di Miramare is the huge cave of Grotta Gigante, the world’s largest cave open to tourism.

Grocery & Supply Stores

The berths in the Porto Vecchio are close to provisions shops, but the other berths are some distance (especially in the case of Zaule).


The berths in Marina San Giusto and Bacino Sacchetta are close to numerous bars and restaurants around the Porto Vecchio. Bacino harbour is also close to bars, restaurants and several hotels. Zaule is remote from everything.




At Marina San Giusto.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Numerous rental outlets in the city.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the harbours.


Cruiser’s Friends

Contact details of “Cruiser’s Friends” that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


Links to relevant websites.

References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 18:18, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

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