The Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello di Miramare is a MiBAC (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities) independent State Museum. Located in the surroundings of Trieste, the castle is a residence originally commissioned by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg, where he intended to live with his wife, Princess Charlotte of Belgium. Built between 1856 and 1860, it is a unique testimony of a luxurious stately home which still retains its original interior decoration.
The castle was conceived to have a lush park all around. Rich in precious plant species, the garden is both a natural and artificial complex. Multicolour flower-beds, statues, monumental trees, fountains and ponds can be found along its paths.
The complex enjoys a breathtaking panoramic location over a sheer drop to the sea, at the tip of the Grignano promontory. The Mediterranean perfumes and colours and the dazzling austere architecture blend in a surprising combination of art and nature.
Open all year except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello di Miramare is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. In particular, the Park—which can be accessed free of charge—recorded over 830,000 visitors in 2018 and ranks third in the list of the most frequented cultural sites in Italy.