Riserva Marina di Miramare
The institutional objectives of the Marine Reserve of Miramare are to preserve the coastal marine environment, study it with specific research and monitoring programmes in synergy with other scientific bodies in the territory and increase the knowledge of marine biology, as well as raise awareness of the protection of the sea in general through educational projects and events able to appeal to a public of all ages.
These goals have been pursued for thirty years through careful biological censuses and monitoring campaigns, through a varied programme of teaching modules for schools of all levels, and through a calendar of ecological recreational activities. These range from snorkelling for families to days working alongside staff biologists, from the staging of theatrical performances to the organisation of summer camps for children, and from the preparation of workshops and high-level seminars for operators in the sector to holding clean-up days on the beaches.
Since 2018, the Marine Protected Area (MPA) can count on a new tool for education and awareness, the Biodiversitario Marino, or BioMa, a unique immersive museum dedicated to the marine and coastal biodiversity of the Gulf of Trieste. The aim is to enable the visitor to dive below the surface into underwater environments thanks to a succession of dioramas that present cliffs, meadows and seabeds as they would come across if actually diving in the Gulf, along with dozens and dozens of species show life-size in different habitats.
HOW TO GET THERE:
By bus on route 6 or 36, by train using trains that stop at the station of Miramare, by coach providing out-of-town service along the Strada Costiera, or using the summer maritime service which stops at Grignano port
The protected marine area can only be visited with snorkel or breathing apparatus, accompanied by WWF staff, and only from May to September.
The Biodiversitario Marino – BioMa, the immersive museum of the protected area can be visited all year-round in accordance with the latest visiting times shown on the institutional website.
PUBLIC OPENING TIMES:
Self-guided individual visits are available during public opening hours without reservation (panels and audio-guides available also in English), or there are guided tours for groups by reservation.
DURATION: variable, from two hours to several days, to be evaluated consulting the educational catalogue.
PRICE: from €4 reduced admission to the BioMa with self-guided visit upwards.
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: aimed at pupils and students from infant school to university level.
DISABLED ACCESS: yes