This small city has been under the annexation of three different nations throughout history. Being located at the borders of Italy, Slovenia, and Austria makes it culturally, demographically, and geographically much diversified. In the eastern of Italy, it is a small patch of land that borders with Slovenia. Trieste is among the largest cities within this distinct region and sits on the coast between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia. Like many other European cities, Trieste was greatly affected by WWII, but the renovation and economic revival has made the city rich in attraction for the tourists. Today, it has an exquisite mixture of historical buildings, Piazzas, seaside locations, and museums. We are going to share the most astonishing places which you must visit when you visit Trieste.
1. Piazza Unità d’Italia- Square of Italian Unity
It is the heart of the city, hence deserves to be the priority destination when you visit Trieste. This breathtaking Piazza is considered the largest sea-facing city square in Europe. The ancient square was much different than today. It was called St. Peter’s Square due to the church built up in 1367.
The Church stood for five centuries at the spot where today stands the City Hall “Model”. The square renamed Piazza Grande. And after its annexation Italy, it became Piazza Unità d’Italia. The square inhibits various culturally and historically significant buildings, which represent the glorious Roman Era through the Mussolini Regime remains to the modern architectural symbols.
2. Miramare Castle
The Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg builds this Norman Style castle to admire the enchanting beauty of the area when he was seized there by an impetuous bora. The building is constructed with white blocks of Istrian stone.
It was assigned to the Superintendency of Fine Arts and became a national museum in 1955. Now you can visit the rooms of the castle in which furniture and valuable works collected by the Emperor. You can roam around the lush grounds of the castle with rare species of trees. Here you can see the araucarias of Mexico and the two thirty-meter high redwood trees planted by Archduke himself, the Indian bamboo and arbutus Asia.
3. San Giusto Hill
When you pay a visit to Trieste, you must go to this historical landmark of the city. Forensic basilica remains, located in the square, exhibit its significance since Roman times. You can view, from this dominating point, the gulf, and the urban system below.
Here lies the impressive San Giusto Castle, which was built when Trieste came under the control of Austria. This relaxing site would take your time to explore the surrounded beauty. There is San Giusto Cathedral, a museum, and armory to check out at the place.
4. Teatro Romano
This Roman Era theatre ruins sit right in the middle of the city. The ancient Roman amphitheater is supposed to be built in the middle of the 1st-century CE. This is set a couple of blocks back from the Piazza Unità d’Italia, and at the bottom of the San Giusto Hill. Unlike other Roman Era remains, the theatre is located in the heart of the city that makes it unique. There are buildings and supermarkets surrounding it. The other astonishing feature here is the use of the natural slope of the hill to make the auditorium for the audience. This can absorb about three thousand people. The first tier of the auditorium with limestone seats seems to be the privilege of the authorities.
5. Canale Grande
The historic old town features the Grand Canal, which is a waterway that stood since the 1700s to allow boats to unload their cargo into the city directly. The beautiful stream is crossed by three bridges and has numerous boats moored with both edges.
The might buildings, including Plazzo Cacciotti and the Plazzo Gopcevich, are standing proudly around the canal. The beauty of the canal is enhanced by the outdoor seating of restaurants and cafes, which offer a charming glimpse of the stream.
6. Grotta Gigante
As the name implies, this is a large cave. The 100m high, 65m wide and 130 m long cave is among the largest caves on the face of the planet earth. You can never afford to miss the sight during your visit to Trieste.
The cave has been in the Guinness Book of World Record throughout its known history. Guided tours are available to explore this immense natural phenomenon. The guides explain the history and various cave features like stalactites and stalagmites. Be particular about your dressing as the underground temperature is considerably low.
7. Trieste Museums
The Revoltella Museum is half 19th-century palace, half modern art museum. There are extraordinary art pieces presented in the museum. The museum has the attraction to captures many hours of yours.
In the beautiful outdoor space of the museum, you are served with Aperitivo. The other museum in Trieste is the Joyce Museum, the Museum of Oriental Art and Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico.
8. Historic Cafe
Due to the beautiful landscape, calming atmosphere and impressive history, Trieste has always been an attraction for poets and writers such as James Joyce, Italo Svevo or Úmberto Saba. They were used to gather at cafes which make these cafes historically important.
Few cafes exhibit the Vienna touch due to the Austrian domination in the city. One of these cafes is the Antico Caffé San Marco, the most historic Caffé Tommaseo Tergesteo, and the most expensive Caffé Degli Specchi. If you want some intellectual coffee, pick one of them.
9. Eating in an Osmiza
There are really good restaurants to have fresh fish food, but if you want to eat like a local, you should choose an osmiza, where you can buy and eat the typical products from local producers and farmers. They are present there in the Karst region. Ferluga and Pipan Klaric are Must to Try.
Italy is charming, so is Trieste. We wish you a best and memorable visit to Trieste.
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