A combination of geographic and historical factors has made Trieste a city unique in its kind and a fascinating place to visit. It is not the typical Italian city you may expect to visit. It has maintained its cultural diversity because of its heterogeneous history and the different ethnic groups that live here side by side. Trieste flourished as part of Austria, from 1382 (which became the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867) until 1918, when it was considered one of the most prosperous Mediterranean seaports as well as a capital of literature and music.

Things that you need to see:

  • The Town Hall and the seat of the Friuli Region Government are situated in the central position of the Piazza Unita d'Italia. It is a fine and beautifully designed palace with arcades in the ground floor and the town clock on its rooftop.
  • High on the hill sits the Castle and Cathedral of San Giusto. The castle is pretty and you can roam the grounds (great views) or go inside to the museum, which offers a collection of arms, armory and other period items. The Basilica has several styles including Roman and Byzantine. Inside you should check out the frescoes depicting St. Justus, the town’s patron saint, the mosaics and the lovely rose window.
  • Saint Anthon and the Canal Grande: The Church of San Antonio Nuovo is situated at the Northern end of the Canal Grande. This amazing church, with water and a fountain in front of it was designed by Pietro Noble. The interior is worth visiting as well. Canal Grande ("Big Channel") was dug before 1756 to enable sailing ships to load and unload inside the city. Today, only small ships can cross it, giving it a picturesque touch.
  • The old Roman Theather  (The Teatro Romano) is one of the more interesting sights in Trieste is the old roman amphitheater that sits like a time capsule in the center of the city. It sits right in the open and can be seen from the sidewalk as you walk by it on the Via del Teatro Romano. The amphitheater was built during the reign of the emperor Trajan around 100 AD.
  • A very romantic way to get to the Carso above Trieste would be on the old funicular tramway that runs up from Piazza Oberdan in the city center along Scorcola hill to the town of Opicina on the plateau. The ride offers splendid views of Trieste and the Gulf.
  • The Miramare Castle, located outside Trieste on the Adriatic coast, is surrounded by 22 hectares of lush gardens which are open to the public. There are plenty of paved walkways that criss-cross the gardens and give you easy access to their highlights. The castle was built between 1856 and 1860 it was the love nest of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium. The castle is located about 10 km north of Trieste's city center and it can be reached by bus #36.


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