Monaco’s Little Brother
Some years ago, in the Bay of Sistiana that stretches out towards Trieste, an ambitious idea of one of the biggest Italian construction companies based in Udine to build a luxury tourist resort in an abandoned quarry first took root. The entrepreneurial de Eccher brothers behind the company were subsequently able to transform their dream into a reality, one that is today worth well over 350 million EUR. The entire project was a joint venture between different investors, but the lion’s share of the financing came from the Rizzani De Eccher construction group and the Rilke real estate fund.
In August 2014 the resort, together with its own marina, luxury Hotel Falisia, spa centre and unique congress centre, was officially opened to the public, and already today the resort is likened to prestige destinations such as Saint Tropez, Porto Cervo and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
A secluded retreat, built around the watchwords of style, grace and elegance. This is Portopiccolo, northeastern Italy’s most exclusive waterfront community. Portopiccolo’s streets may be calm and car-free, but they hide a surfeit of things to do and see. Elegant boutiques and ateliers. Chances to see and purchase the latest in contemporary fashion, design and art. And, of course, the very finest examples of Italian cuisine. All set on a secluded stretch of truly unspoilt coastline.
Part of the prestige American hotel chain Starwood, Hotel Falisia is positioned in their Luxury Collection trademark and was the first five-star hotel in all of the Friuli – Venezia Giulia region. Each and every one of the 65 rooms in the boutique hotel tells its own story. They range from 35 to 120m2, the latter being the size of the presidential suite. The hotel offer includes two restaurants, a wellbeing centre and three conference halls. The interior architecture takes its inspiration from the shipbuilding heritage of the area and subtly resembles the inside of a luxury cruise ship. Everything conveys an impression of elegance with a touch of timeless exclusivity.
North of the Sistiana Bay, an incredible view of a town called Duino opens up, inviting guests to come and enjoy the historic atmosphere of the Duino Castle. On the south side of the bay, you are just a proverbial hop away from the enchanting Miramare Castle and its magical and pleasantly cool castle gardens. And one cannot visit Portopiccolo without stopping in metropolitan Trieste, which is only a couple of minutes’ drive away. The Karst outskirts are also known as an excellent incentive destination with bucket loads of possibilities.