Climbing area Sistiana, Trieste Italy | Climb Istria


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The crag could hardly be better situated – on a lawn right beside the sea. Sadly the superlatives start to end here. The selection of routes is not bad for beginners, if they like vertical walls, that are at times bolted far apart. The biggest drawback is a water purifying plant directly below the wall. That makes the quality of your trip here depend on the direction of the wind. But the rock wall is high and wide and even if you are a bit picky, you can find enough routes. If the equipping of new routes continues, Sistiana may well have a nice future ahead.


Take the motorway A4 and leave it at Sistiana exit (with another right turn shortly after). At the intersection go right and drive straight through the town. After a right bend be mindful for a left turn marked Sistiana Mare (go sharp left). The winding road will get you to a parking in the marina. In summer you can park your car below the wall for a fee. Then take a short stroll along the beach to the crag. The newer sectors are dotted on the right side and are pretty obvious.


This is a crag for a nice sunny day – but not too sunny, or else you will slide down the vertical rock. When the temperatures get higher, you can try your luck in the afternoon shade . If it rains stay inside and drink your coffee. But the wall dries up fast.

Rock Quality

The rock was always considered extremely solid, but then recently a big chunk broke off, destroying the whole first route. The rest is still considered OK, but you never know… The bolts are a different story – they vary from new, freshly re-bolted to old and rusty chunks of metal. The walls around the main sector are full of old routes, many of which are aid climbs. The base of the crag is perfect, especially if your nose is stuffed up.


Negative remarks from the intro aside, it has to be said, that Sistiana is lately very lively, fueled by the enthusiasm of climbers from Monfalcone.

Routes (from left to right)

Beginners are wise to take an experienced co-climber, who can handle the vertical wall and is not scared easily. Otherwise, sharpen your rock shoes and prepare to climb vertical technical pieces. Some slabby routes, are even without holds at times. You need multipitch knowledge to climb newer routes, that criss cross the wall. But they are fresh and nicely bolted.

Some routes are laughably short while others are hellishly long – but you can re-tie in most of them in the middle (if you run out of rope). The quickdraws can be far apart, but still take at least 12 for the long routes.

Operazione delfino 5a+ 19m
Comici left 5c 20m
Comici left extension 5c 37m
Amici miei 6a 18m
Comici right 6a 20m
Non ti scordar da me 6b+ 25m
Medaglia di sbronzo 5a 22m
Medaglia di sbronzo extension 6c 39m
Aventura 5a 22m
Aventura extension 5c 42m
Via del pino 4c 25m
Via del pino extension 4c 40m
Nei colori di giorno 5a+ 45m
Occhi azzurri sul golfo 6a+ 37m
Panza sinistra 5c 32m
Bretella 6c 35m
Tiraca 5c 35m
Messenio 6c+ 35m
Panza right 5c 20m
Panza right extension 6a 35m
Stella marine 5c 20m
Stella marine extension 6a+ 40m
Aqua chiara 6b+ 20m
Falso movimento 7b 23m
Pietre colorate 6c 40m
Rigole 5a 15m
Rigole extension 5a+ 27m
Libera P 23m
Olivoli 6b 35m
Arupa 6a+ 35m
Cupa 6a+ 35m
Aria nuova 6a+ 35m
Placcometro 5b+ 15m
Rigolette 3a 20m
Spigolo 6c 20m
Pesce d’aprile 7a 25m
Classica 5b 25m
Nel blu 6b+ 25m
Questione di feeling 6a 25m
Graziella 5a 30m
Silvia 5b 30m
A tutta birra 5a 20m
Succo e polpa 5c 20m
Serena 5c 20m
Rolling stones 6a 35m
Kabuk 5c 20m
Kabuk extension 6a 40m
Spacatura 4a 10m
Spacatura extension 6a+ 35m
Kalman 6a 20m
Kalman extension 6a+ 40m
Santiago 7b 18m
Suora e Riccio 6a+ 30m