Reach the point of the promontory of Grignano and enjoy the breathtaking view from Miramare Castle.
The Castle was built between 1856 and 1860 by order of the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. The Castle and its beautiful Park are an exploit of history, nature, art and Mediterranean scents.
Inside Miramare park, there is a small Tropical Park full of selected botanical species from all around the world, and characterized also by hummingbird breeding.
The Park hosts Il Castelletto (the small castle), which currently houses the Visitor Centre of the Marine Reserve of Miramare managed by WWF, The Butterfly Garden, where you can admire some of the most beautiful species of the world and the Stables of the Castle, which host many temporary exhibitions.
The Castle and its curse
According to he legend, whoever lives in the Castle is destined to die prematurely in foreign land.
Maybe a curse linked to the solemn Egyptian Sphinx who waits, as a silent sentinel on the pier of the small port of the Castle, for the return of the person who tore her from the Land of Pharaohs and brought her in that remote corner of the Adriatic?
Anyway, it seems that, in the history, the curse has fatally fulfilled itself: the Duke Amedeo of Aosta died as a prisoner of the English. The German general Friedrich Rainer, who lived in the Castle during the second world war, was shot by partisans. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was murdered in Sarajevo in the attack that led directly to the Great War.
Some people believe in the curse, others do not, but the New Zealander Colonel Bowman believed that for sure. In fact, during the Allied Military Government, he preferred sleeping in a tent in the Park of the Castle rather than in the Castle itself.