Trieste lies in the north east of Italy, close to the border with Slovenia, but it feels more like a cross between Vienna and Budapest, than a typical Italian city. This is because the city was formerly the sea port of the Astro-Hungarian empire.
Castello Mirimare was built in the 19th century by Archduke Maxillian as a gift to his wife Caroline. Sadly, they only lived happily together in their fairytale seaside castle for 4 years before the Duke was sent to Mexico to deal with Civil War, where me met his death.
The best Trieste museum is Roveltella founded in the 1870s when Baron Roveltella left his home and art collection to the city, along with an endowment which allows the museum to keep adding to its collection of modern art.
Grotta Gigante is an enormous cave north of Trieste, which was discovered in the mid 19th century. When it first opened to the public in 1908, it was illuminated by 4000 candles. There are regular guided tours into the cave.
Trieste is famous for its coffee with several historic Viennese style coffee houses in the city,where a black coffee espresso is often served in a small glass as opposed to a cup. Trieste residents consume twice as much coffee as the average Italian.
There’s a Roman amphitheatre in the Trieste city centre which has been preserved, with modern buildings constructed just on its edge. Some of the statues from the theatre have been moved to the City Museum.
The closest beach to Trieste is Barcla, just north of the city. The pebble beach is popular with windsurfers.
For great views of the city you can take the Opicama Tram, which has been running since 1902, up to Carso Platuea.
The Barcolana boat race is held every year on the 2nd Sunday in October. It’s an amazing site to see the bay jam-packed with yachts.
Posted : Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 11:50
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.