Once a year (at least) a trip to Italy means balm for the soul: This country has a certain magic whether it has to do with the food, the incredibly rich culture or simply their la dolce vita way of life. About Trieste I have a lot of childhood memories (thanks to some relatives who live there) – however I didn’t come back for many many years. Therefore I was excited to see the city with my grown-up eyes together with my beloved friend with whom I already explored Venice and Grado.
Trieste – close to the Slovenian border and tightly connected with Austrian history – is so much more than Italy only: It’s an interesting mix of cultures where you can have some of Italy’s best coffee with Austrian pastry, where the architecture resembles Venice and Vienna, where the sea meets the (Karst) mountains. Often overlooked by visitors thanks to more popular names like Venice, Rome or Tuscany – Trieste should be on your list if you’re looking for a beautiful, not overrun city destination.
The main square – piazza unità d’Italia – supposed to be one of the most beautiful piazzas of Italy and yes, it’s pretty impressive!
There’s an old tramway which climbs up the hill to Opicina from where you have a great view over the city and the harbour.
I love old facades and storefronts and Trieste has plenty of them!
We spent the mornings and evenings at the picturesque Canal Grande, another landmark of Trieste. Lots and cafés and restaurants kept us in the mood 😉
I’m so envious that Vienna has no access to the sea… Certainly there’s a catchy atmosphere when people gather at the pier and watch the sunset!
Our standard breakfast: Coffee (or tea for me) and fresh croissants filled with vanilla cream – buonissimo!
Funnily my dad was in the area too and took us to nearby Muggia – a quaint Venetian style town with a beautiful marina. The highlight of the day certainly was the dinner at Scheriani (in the middle of the hills surrounded by vineyards and olive trees – and if this isn’t enough – sea and sunset view! A Mediterranean paradise 🙂
Ham, speck, salami – so bad but so good o_O
Have you ever been to Italy? What do you like best about it?