Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

In one of the most picturesque spots of the North Italian Adriatic coast, where the foothills of the majestic Dolomites meet the sea, is the Bay of Sistiana, often considered the most beautiful bay of the upper Adriatic, a hidden jewel between the Duino cliffs and the castles of Miramare and Duino. In the latter, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke spent many months here between the years 1912-1922 and wrote the ten Duino Elegies. In the developed fishing village and new real estate project Portopiccolo below the original village of Sistiana is the only five-star hotel in the region, the Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa. The resort is part of the Luxury Collection of Marriott and features 58 rooms and suites, a private beach with infinity pool, one gourmet restaurant with vitality cuisine, a lounge bar, a spa area and three conference rooms. In addition to this unique luxury retreat, Portopiccolo Bay also boasts more than 460 waterfront residences, a yacht club and private marina, a spa, a medical SPA fitness centre, clubhouse beach club, restaurants, cafes, cocktail bars and boutiques.


Leisure, business travel, or relaxing - located right at the delightful bay, Falisia Resort & Spa is open all year-round and will make every guest's stay memorable. The resort is situated in a perfect location, making it an excellent starting point for a variety of excursions. The airport of Trieste is only 15 minutes away by car from Portopiccolo, from the highway exit A4 it is only 5 minutes and in only a few hours you can reach Austria and Germany. Trieste itself is only 10 km away along the coast, while the world-famous Venice can be reached in just one and a half hours by car. Slovenia is also just a 15-minutes’ drive away and the Dolomites are within one-hour reach. Croatia can also be reached by car or by boat.

Rooms & Suites

All 58 rooms and suites of Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa in Portopiccolo, offer a breath taking views of the sea and the small harbour. The elegant rooms, designed by the Italian architectural firm Lazzarini & Pickering, are timeless and equipped with every comfort, with burnished metal elements, local stoneware and marble influenced by the houses of Habsburg. Interior details are reminiscent of the golden age of the cruise liners which were built between 1950 and 1960 in nearby Monfalcone. The resort's room categories are split into Classic and Deluxe Rooms and Junior, Executive and Senior Suites. This stunning offer is completed by the Signature Suite, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate living area and a large terrace with stunning sea views over the Portopiccolo Piazzetta and the charming marina. The La Falisia Suite is located on the top floor with a large bedroom, a spacious living area and two bathrooms plus a 65 m² terrace.

Restaurant & Bars

Falisia Resort & Spa offers one restaurant. At "Cliff" the chef combines the elegant and welcoming atmosphere with culinary traditions and latest trends. He creates healthy gourmet food, enriched by a rich selection of DOC wines. Even more enjoyable is the evening meal at Cliff on the wonderful terrace overlooking the marina and the Adriatic Sea. Inside the hotel Falisia Resort & Spa is the lounge bar "La Piazzetta" – a perfect location along the Adriatic coast for an exclusive cocktail, aperitif or snack. Highly recommended is the "Special Club Sandwich".

In addition, there are eight other restaurants throughout the resort such as the gourmet restaurant "Bris" which is the perfect place for a food and wine tour through typical regional cuisine and Central European reinterpretations. For an evening with friends and family, the pizzeria "L'Oro di Napoli" is the perfect place. Pure natural ingredients are combined here with the Neapolitan pizza tradition. Here are used flours from antique meal production together with the Mozzarella D.O.C. and fresh local ingredients and these give the Neapolitan pizza, which is baked in a wood oven, its authentic taste. “Maxi's” offers traditionally prepared seafood specialities, a selection of first-rate meat dishes, vegetarian dishes and a selection of high-quality wines.

Spa & Wellness

The Falisia Resort & Spa has created an oasis of wellness and natural beauty with the Portopiccolo SPA by Bakel. The 3,600-square-meter spa, just 100 meters from the sea, has three levels. The design and furnishings are inspired by the sea and the karst stone that comes from the quarry that give rise to Portopiccolo. Through large glass windows guests look out to the Adriatic Sea while they recharge their batteries in the spa and fitness area. SPA by Bakel offers a wide range of treatments that originate from the Friuli region. Thus, the applications carry typical and characteristics for the area names such as Bora (wind), Miramare (sea view), Falesia (cliff) or Sommac (karst plant). Facials, scrubs, massages and full body treatments are offered. Portopiccolo is the only spa in the world to collaborate with the Italian spa brand Bakel. Raffaella Gregoris was developed. Bakel's products are based exclusively on active and natural ingredients that have been scientifically tested through constant collaboration with universities, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Both, Portopiccolo and Bakel, stand for uncompromising quality. The spa area includes a relaxation room, indoor and outdoor pool with sea view, hammam, bio sauna, Kneipp pool, ice fountain and the Cocoon Bar.

From the bar, guests look directly onto the Adriatic Sea and enjoy vegan, vegetarian and, if desired, lactose-free dishes. Guests experience wellness with a 180 degrees view in the Panoramic SPA Suite. A floating pool, a glass-walled sauna with sea view, a solarium and treatment rooms for couples are ideal for families and couples in love. The Private SPA offers guests maximum privacy. The area has a steam bath, Kneipp pool, whirlpool, sauna, experience showers and a relaxation area upon request. Guests can also rent the Private SPA exclusively for special occasions such as a wedding or engagement. Guests can keep fit in the 20-meter-long swimming pool and fitness area with Technogym training equipment under the guidance of professional trainers. The fitness rooms are spread over all three levels of the SPA.


Portopiccolo is not just a residential area. A real village was designed with a fascinating synthesis of architecture and technology, ecological sustainability and many services. In Portopiccolo there is no traffic, smog or noise, and yet you can get home directly with the vehicle. The environment of this impressive property development gives visitors, home owners and hotel guests access to one of Italy's most scenic and varied environments, just waiting to be discovered. Beautiful bays, lush vegetation and breath-taking views of the marina make Portopiccolo a truly enchanting place.

Real Estate

Portopiccolo was developed and built by the global developer Rizzani De Eccher (RDE). RDE has built Portopiccolo to the highest construction standards in terms of quality, features, environmental and energy efficiency. The area of Portopiccolo extends over an area of 35 hectares from the harbour promenade up to the hill that surrounds the bay. The offer of the residential complexes counts up to 460 residential units with an average purchase price of 6,500.00 euros per square meter. Different accommodation units are offered, from the studio apartment to the villa with a size between 50 and 400 square meters. Each of the properties is energy-certified in Classes A and A + and has a geothermal system for heating and air conditioning, noise and heat insulation and emission-saving doors and windows. Built on the site of a disused quarry, Portopiccolo is also a successful example of how a derelict site can be environmentally friendly, harmoniously integrated into the surrounding landscape and transformed into a picturesque and thriving site like a rocky stretch of coastline.


Directly in front of Falisia Resort & Spa extends a true natural oasis which has been lovingly protected for centuries and therefore remained intact. The ideal place for jogging, a walk with the dog or a bike ride. But there are also other activities to discover here:

Maxi’s Beach Club of Portopiccolo with its splendid private beach offers everything to fully enjoy the sea in an elegant and exclusive setting. Beach umbrellas, comfortable beach chairs, elegant dressing rooms equipped with all comforts, WLAN with fibre optic technology, three pools and a beach food delivery service are available to guests. A concierge will cater for all your big and small needs, whether booking a treatment in the spa or a gourmet dinner in Maxi's restaurant.

Yacht club & marina:
Portopiccolo is considered as one of the most modern sailing ports along the 800 km long Adriatic coast of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia all the way to the Greek islands. The marina has 120 berths for boats and yachts up to 25 meters in length and 5 meters in depth and is equipped with video surveillance, boat rental and charter service for guests who do not have their own boat. At the same time, the yacht club organizes numerous events and regattas.

Portopiccolo has the typical flair of a small town by the sea. The two shopping streets feature numerous boutiques and shops selling a tantalizing selection of fashion labels, star designer pieces, nautical accessories, art gallery and stylish homewares.

Meetings & Events

Portopiccolo Pavilion is the most modern congress centre in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia: a dynamic, adaptable and strategic area dedicated to culture, people and business. Lazzarini Pickering Architetti and Rizzani de Eccher have designed a centre whose keywords are modernity, high accessibility, brightness and sustainability where conferences, weddings, food events, fashion shows take place. Portopiccolo Pavilion is a two-storeyed building, with a global size of 1200 sqm divided into three main rooms which is adaptable due to practical movable walls and glass walls which host over 500 people.

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Friederike Bührdel
Friederike Bührdel
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