The 70 metre Vittoria lighthouse stands on Gretta hill, 60 metres above the sea, on the foundations of the Austrian Fort Kressich, built in 1854.
It was designed by the architect Arduino Berlamand commissioned in 1927. As well as a guide for nocturnal navigation in the Gulf of Trieste, it is also serves as a monument commemorating sailors who died during the First World War, as witnessed by the inscription at its base: "Shine in memory of those who died at sea (MCMXV - MCMXVIII)".
The Trieste lighthouse is clad with stone slabs from the Karst and Istria, and surmounted by a dome housing the lantern, which has an average range of 30 miles.
Giovanni Mayer's copper statue, Winged Victory, stands on the dome, while below the lighthouse lies the anchor of the destroyer Audace, the first Italian ship to dock at the port of Trieste in 1918, giving its name to the Audace pier.
The entrance of the lighthouse contains two shells from the Austrian battleship Viribus Unitis.
The Vittoria lighthouse site offers a year-round breathtaking view of the Gulf of Trieste, particularly during the famous Barcolana regatta.
The interior of the lighthouse can be seen on weekends, but only up to the first terrace of the monumental structure.