Destinations Europe

La dolce vita triestina

June 22, 2016
Trieste Canal grande

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!

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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 😉

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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!

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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 🙂

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Ham, speck, salami – so bad but so good o_O

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Love Italy like I do? Then you should also look into these articles:

Castles by the sea – Trieste and Duino

Grado – an Italian seaside resort in style

The melancholia of Venice – between beauty and decay

Travel now and then: Memories of Interrail 2005


Between the rugged Karst hills and the ocean lies one of the most underrated cities of Italy: A trip to Trieste is a cultural and culinary adventure boasting with grand architecture and some of the best coffee in the world!

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  • Reply marestella June 22, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    oh so schön!
    Triest steht bei mir heuer glaube ich auch noch am plan <3

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Das ist eine ausgezeichnete Idee 😉

  • Reply Marisa's Italian Kitchen June 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    How gorgeous it is!! Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you! Italy never disappoints me 😉

  • Reply rae tashman (@lovefromberlin) June 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    All of these photos are absolutely stunning. Italy is such a magical place! Thanks for sharing these stunning scenes!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you so much Rae, Italy is just too photogenic!

  • Reply Kathi June 23, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, wie hübsch *.* Ich liebe Triest – leider war ich schon viel zu lange nicht mehr dort. Letztes Jahr hab ich mich in die Toskana verliebt – dort ist es so unfassbar schön!
    Liebe Grüße,

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Das glaub ich dir, es gibt einfach so viele tolle Ecken in Italien 🙂

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 June 24, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Wow…what a lovely post with matching photos. Julia you see some wonderful places and so glad you post on them. Like you I love the facades too.

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Sue, I feel lucky to have so many gorgeous places nearby!

  • Reply Markus June 24, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Buongiorno Julia!
    I totally agree with what you said about Italy!
    I very much like you story and your impressions, they perfectly show the atmosphere of this place.
    I’ve never been to Triest yet, but Sardinia, Rome, Toscana, Milano, Venice,…
    If you want to have a look –
    Ciao Markus

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Markus, you took some nice pics! I can recommend to visit Trieste too, I’m sure you’d like it 😉

  • Reply mintnoti June 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I love all the old store fronts in your photos, they look so unique and interesting. I have only been to Italy once, but didn’t get a chance to visit here. I’ll have to put it on my itinerary next time.

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Eden, Italy certainly is one of those countries that’s always worth visiting 😉

  • Reply Vicky T. June 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Italy but if I do visit, I think I would like to visit Trieste too. You always seem to know the best places to visit!


    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Haha, probably I’m just lucky 😉

  • Reply jewels June 29, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Ahh, you have totally transported me there! You really have an eye for photography!! Loved all your photos!!

    • Reply sileas June 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I’m glad it worked, hehe 😉 Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Reply Mitzie Mee July 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I’ve been to Italy before, but never Trieste. Love the photo of that cute little café. The pasta dish looks tasty and so does the gelato. I’ll put Trieste on my list:)

    • Reply sileas July 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Well when it comes to food you simply can’t go wrong in Italy… I’m glad you consider Trieste worth visiting 😉

  • Reply Paleica July 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

    ich hab das beste thunfischtramezzini meines lebens in triest gegessen und dank deinen bildern weiß ich, dass es nicht zu lange dauern sollte, bis ich dieser stadt mal wieder einen besuch abstatte. ich liebe italien <3

    • Reply sileas July 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Mmm Tramezzini sind ein herrlicher Snack 😉 Hach es gibt einfach noch soooo viel zu entdecken in diesem wunderschönen Land…

      • Reply Paleica July 11, 2016 at 6:35 am

        ja, italien ist eine lebensaufgabe!

  • Reply wazwu July 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve never been to Italy before, and when I do, I’ll have to reach out to you for recommendations. Lovely photos from your travels. That photo of the pug made me laugh out loud! 😉

    • Reply sileas July 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Oh thank you, I’m happy to hear that! I think pugs are just too cute and I was observing it quite a while before I took that snapshot 😀

  • Reply gregorsideris July 10, 2016 at 10:55 am

    wonderful blog post! Trieste is one of my favorite city too! Happy day

    • Reply sileas July 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for your nice comment! Trieste certainly has a place in my heart 🙂

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  • Reply Jessica @ Boarding Pass April 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    How wonderful! Love your opening line too, my soul often aches for Italy and I only wish I could visit once a year to satiate it. 🙂

    • Reply sileas April 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Jessica! Italy indeed has something that touches one’s soul…

  • Reply Aaron May 20, 2017 at 11:58 am

    We just recently discovered Trieste (just 41/2 from Munich) and loved it. Your pictures and descriptions have captured what we experienced perfectly!

    • Reply sileas May 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Oh I’m so glad you did! Thank so much!

  • Reply Gone With A Whim August 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog through and I loooove your post, photos and clean design. Great photos of Trieste and what a wonderful adventure. I’m so excited to visit Trieste now 🙂 My friend and I are planning to stop her for two nights but I worry that might not suffice. :O What do you think?

    • Reply sileas August 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 Trieste isn’t too big, so two nights should be perfect! Enjoy your trip in one of my favourite cities!

  • Reply Gone With A Whim August 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Also I can’t agree more. Italy is balm for the soul 🙂 <3

    • Reply sileas November 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Oh yes, it has healing powers!

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