SEA VIEWS IN THE CITY
the homes in Portopiccolo are sold. Thirty-two families live there full time and early buyers, while mostly from Italy, also include Chinese, Canadians and others from across Europe.
The resort’s Flavio Bertelle says: “Improvements to the autostrada mean Venice airport is 50 minutes away, while Trieste airport also has flights from London Stansted. Yes we are less famous than Venice — but we are also less crowded, calmer and offer far better service.”
In Trieste itself, average apartment prices in the pedestrianised centre are £192 per square foot — less than a third of those in Venice but also lower than similar-size cities such as Parma and Verona. Homes with a sea view along the Barcola — with its beaches and promenades near historic Miramare Castle — or in classical buildings in the main piazzas, carry a premium.
Gate-Away has a one-bedroom flat in the hills above Trieste for £205,000, a four-bedroom flat in the city centre for £419,000 and a beautiful, three-bedroom duplex flat in a classical palace in the Via del Teatro, in the heart of Trieste, for £577,500.
Portopiccolo: portopiccolosistiana.it (+39 040 291291)
From £273,500: Portopiccolo studios and flats near Trieste, with marina berths from £3,000 (portopiccolosistiana.it)