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Trieste, Italy-port

Located in northeastern Italy, Trieste’s geographic location and storied past contributed to its modern standing as one of the country’s richest regions. A shopper’s paradise, Trieste is full of designer boutiques catering to both men and women in search of the latest clothing fashion. There are also several outdoor markets where you can purchase anything from fruit to antiques. Enjoy a sumptuous plate of pasta in an old-style osteria, cozy little establishments with half a dozen tables filled with cheerful locals.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Aquileia and Wine Tasting
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Discover Ljubljana
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Postumia Caves
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Smooth Strolling in Trieste
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Legendary Lipizzaner Horses
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Trieste and Its Miramare Castle
    Light Activity /Walking

Aquileia and Wine Tasting

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Tour Code: TRI-001

Explore the ancient ruins of Aquileia, a city that flourished in the early days of the Roman Empire and is now one of the Mediterranean’s finest archaeological sites before enjoying a wine tasting.

After departing from the pier, you will drive west around the crescent-shaped Gulf of Trieste and on to Aquileia. Founded in 181 B.C. as a defensive colony, it became one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire. Unfortunately, Aquileia’s prosperity made it a target for invasion and by the mid-5th century, Attila the Hun had destroyed it.

Today, Aquileia is renowned for its archaeological importance, as much of the ancient city has been excavated. UNESCO has deemed the city a World Heritage Site as it considers Aquileia the most complete example of an Early Roman city in the Mediterranean world.

You will see many of the most significant ruins, the dominant one being the basilica. Although the Huns razed parts of it and two earthquakes added insult to injury, the basilica was rebuilt and today offers an enlightening glimpse into the past. The basilica’s 4th-century floor mosaics and Crypt of Frescoes are particularly intriguing.

Nearby, there is an excavated Roman forum that also shows the splendor of Aquileia when more than 300,000 people lived here in Roman times. After visiting the ruins, you will continue on to a nearby vineyard for a tasting of several wines that reflect the ideal grape-growing conditions around Aquileia. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. There will be uneven and gravel surfaces to negotiate as well as steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For those who wish to enter the basilica, shoulders must be covered and women must wear a skirt or dress that covers the knees.