Located northeast of the country but very close to Slovenia and Croatia, Trieste is a beautiful city that until a century ago influenced politics, art, culture and literature. It was dominated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and although it is currently Italian, it is not one of the most visited places in the country, although it offers many attractions.
Sad, gateway to an unforgettable experience
Many travelers know Trieste almost by chance. The reason? Because it is the port of entry to the Balkans. However, this city is more than just a stop before continuing ... That's right, it has enough to offer to dismiss it.
A place with all the charm that we can find in a destination. It perfectly combines the greatness of a city in central Europe and the warmth of the waters of the Adriatic coast. Disputed in antiquity for its strategic position, Trieste is full of Catholic and Orthodox churches, canals in the best Venice style and buildings that no one can deny belong to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Church of San Spiridone - scottpartee / Flickr.com
The great mix of cultures and traditions is one of the reasons why no one can afford to overlook it. when you organize a trip through northern Italy or eastern Europe. From the oldest to the most modern area, both day and night, Trieste gives us her beauty and magic.
The triestino charm captivates not only travelers but also artists. It was like a magnet for the well-known writer James Joyce, who lived in the city for some years. It is believed that the sailors of the local port were the inspiring muse for their most renowned work: Ulises.Statue of James Joyce - Roberto Taddeo
If you like bohemian life and go from bar to bar to read, write or listen to your thoughts we recommend that Don't miss the San Marcos, de los Espejos, Tomaseo and Torinese coffees. Although for some they are copies of the typical Venetians, the truth is that they themselves have their own beauty.
"Since we can't change countries, let's change the subject."
What to see in Trieste
We can divide the city into two parts: high and low. In each of these areas there are attractions that are worthwhile. Y If we have some extra time we can not miss the Miramar Castle just outside the city, which was built by Prince Maximilian of Habsburg in the 19th century. But we will know what is hidden within the limits of Trieste.
The churches of Trieste
The cathedral of San Giusto stands out in the city. It was built on the remains of an old religious building and has beautiful 12th-century mosaics.San Giusto Cathedral - stefano Merli / Flickr.com
As well you have to stop at the church of Santa María la Maggiore, built in the 17th century in a neoclassical style, and in the church of San Silvestro, located just next to the previous one and which is the oldest in the city.
We start by the Cathedral Square, which houses the remains of a Roman basilica, an altar of the III army and a 16th century Venetian column.Unity Square - stefano Merli / Flickr.com
But without any doubt, One of the most characteristic images of Trieste is that of Unity Square. It is closed on three sides and has direct access to the sea. It was built in the 19th century and in the surroundings there is the Town Hall, the Government Palace and the Lloyd Palace. Also in the center there is a fountain.
The Grand CanalGrand Canal - BockoPix / Flickr.com
An ideal place to go as a couple to watch the sunset. It has boats moored on both sides and numerous restaurants and bars perfect for making a stop.
Next to the canal is a statue of James Joyce, for which the city meant so much. And Trieste thanked him with a museum in his honor.
San Giusto HillSan Giusto Hill - Stefano Merli
After climbing some steps to reach the top of the hill, you will have wonderful panoramic views of the surroundings.
As well you must visit the castle of San Giusto, symbol of the city and inside which there is a museum with objects of the fifteenth century.
Other places of interest
Trieste has many other places that deserve a stop. Don't miss Riccardo's arch, whose name is due to Ricardo Corazon de León and which are the remains of a construction of the first century.
The Roman theater, which is still in operation for its excellent acoustics and the square and building of the Stock Exchange, of 1806, you will also love. Trieste is a place you will never forget. You can be sure of that!