The Rilke Trail


On a nice, sunny afternoon, you can take a walk between Duino and Sistiana and admire the gorgeous seaside environment with views on the opposite sides of the Slovenian, Croatian and Italian coasts. The Rilke trail gets its name from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who resided in the Duino Castle in 1912, where he wrote his famous work, the 'Duino Elegies'. The trail starts by the Duino cost and ascends a rocky slope overlooking the Sistiana bay. The slope represents a natural boundary between the temperate mediterranean climate by the coast and the somewhat cooler climate of the pine forests on the plateau, raised 90m above sea level. Hikers will occasionally encounter small platforms where military outposts used to stand, a reminder of recent history, when, between 1915 and 1917, the Isonzo front, the military front between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire used to run through these hills. The terrestrial and marine flora and fauna here are quite unique, such as, for example, the Peregrine Falcons that nest in these cliffs. 


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