: Trieste - Ronchi dei Legionari
Duino is a small sleepy town with 8500 inhabitants and is on the sea shore, just over 9 miles away from Triest. In the centre of the town you can find the 500 year old castle belonging to the Thurn und Taxis family, which is open to the public (spectacular views from the castle's tower). The most famous guest here was the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke who drew great inspiration from the place and composed his “Duiner Elegy” here in 1912. The Sentiero Rilke (Rilke trail) leads just over a mile and half along the coast to Sistiana and is one of most beautiful roads of the north Adriatic with its overwhelming views. Duino is not only a great place to relax and unwind (There is a small beach beside the harbour, a stony beach in Sistiana 4 miles away, a sandy beach in Grado 18 miles away,) but also a great base for countless day trips: Miramare castle and park 8 miles away, Triest 10 miles away, Lipica (Slovenia) 16 miles away, Aquilea 24 miles away and Venice, just over 80 miles away.