The Ginnastica Triestina Museum

Via Ginnastica, 47 - Trieste
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    Type: Museum of society , Historic
  • Free entry
  • Opening hours: Open the website
  • Bus: 25, 26
  • Parking: parking available along the road


In the most recent part of the Società Ginnastica Triestina building is the museum that collects the historical testimonies of an association with a century and a half of history. The society deals with numerous sports disciplines, all of which are remembered here, particularly in view of the large number of athletes winning medals at the Olympics. A full 125 athletes have competed for the national team, 25 of whom attended the Olympics winning 19 medals, one of which was gold.
In the museum we can admire the many pieces of gymnastic equipment from the past, but also numerous historical testimonies telling us how belonging to a gymnasium scociety also meant adhering to precisely defined ideals, in this case italian irredentism.
The flag at the corner of the central hall is precisely the symbol of this patriotic attachment of the first athletes. An interesting photographic gallery of all the presidents succeeding each other at the head of the society shows us how many of them were also mayors of Trieste.


The first nucleus of the current Società di Ginnastica was founded in 1868 with the original name of the Società Triestina di Ginnastica. The close bond between gymnastics and Italian irredentist political ideals was the characteristic of this early era when Trieste was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the first few decades, the society was closed down by the authorities several times and reopened by members with small variations in its name until 1915 when the headquarters was blown up. Much was lost, but fortunately the most important memorabilia were saved and formed the basis of an exhibition in 1953, and then in 1972 the museum was opened using the donations of many memorabilia held by members.

Not to be missed

1. The society's flag, inaugurated in 1868 and donated to the City of Trieste in 1919 and today returned to its original location. It consists of a white flag with a halberd at itscentre, surrounded by a laurel crown that would then be adopted as a symbol of the city of Trieste itself with the halberd on a red background;
2. Painting by Lorenzo Gatteri depicting the inauguration of the Società Ginnastica Triestina standard, at a Trieste theatre, the Mauroner, since demolished;
3. Letter from Gabriele D'Annunzio dated 1922, where he writes the aphorism, which will then be chosen by the Società Ginnastica Triestina as its motto: "Stricto Gladio Tenacis".


  • Guided visit languages: Italian
  • Tour languages: Italian
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Library
  • Conference room
  • Disabled access
  • Toilets


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