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Stretched between sea and sky, and backed by a thick pine tree wood, the path inspired the Prage-born poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who spent several months in Duino Castle (from 1911 to 1912), to write his Duino Elegies, which is why the path is named after him. The story goes that one stormy winter morning Rilke was walking down the path, as the waves of the Adriatic loudly crashed against the cliffs, when he heard a voice. He turned around but could see no one. Those mysterious words floating in the air became the beginning of the first of his Elegies:

"Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic Orders? And what if one of them would suddenly take me to his heart: I would fade away in his stronger presence. Because beauty is nothing else but the beginning of terror."

The path starts on the outskirts of Duino and ends opposite the offices of AIAT (the local tourist board) in Sistiana. It runs along the sheer rocky cliff, giving a chance to climb the rocks and see the stunning landscape below. The panoramic trail stretches for about 2 km and has several lookouts. The view is breathtaking. The green colour of the vegetation and white of the Karst landscape blend naturally with the blue of the Adriatic sea.

For further information call the tourist board on 0432 734 100.

Directions: between Duino and Sistiana, about 20 k north of Trieste

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  • Updated May 9, 2009
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