Trieste - Unique and Charming

Giacomo Perasti is one of the "villagers" of our fast growing Facebook community. He is from Trieste and shared a little about his home city, a city he loves.

I'll get onto what Giacomo says about his city in a moment but I'd first like to say that Trieste is well worth a visit.

This is, perhaps with Turin, Italy's greatest cafè culture city with some wonderfully old and elegant cafès - most famous being the unforgettable Caffè San Marco. Once known as Vienna-on-sea, the elegance of Vienna is everywhere still, in the culture, architecture and feel of the city..

If you do visit Trieste and need a place to stay, consider the James Joyce Hotel (click for details). The hotel can offer advice on the favorite haunts, homes and the museum dedicated to this great writer who spent a lot of his life in Trieste. 

The tourist office in Via dell'Orologio 1 on the corner of the main city piazza, Piazza Unità d'Italia, can offer maps of the "James Joyce Route" and lots of other information too.

Now it's Giacomo's turn to tell you about his city....

Trieste is embraced by the sea. A natural harbour it has always been unique, unlike any other city in architecture or character.

History has made the city what it is today. The influences are to be seen everywhere from Roman to Venetian to Austrian. Then the terrible century, the world wars and the tragic return to Italy.

This city is another world. It is of the east and of the west, it is crossed by borders, it is a meeting place. Beautiful, surprising with the variety of architecture, fruit of the edict of toleration by Austria which opened the door to religious minorities. It all comes together in  the great square: on the shores of the sea, bearing the name of the unification of Italy. There is the municipality, two palaces, a historic Caffè, the old Lloyd's building.

Churches and places of worship are scattered throughout the city, the variety reflecting the city's historic role as a bridge between east and west and a delightful fusion of the colorful cultures that have helped to create the unique atmosphere to be felt here. The Cathedral of San Giusto, Europe's largest Synagogue, the Serb Orthodox Church, the Greek one too...there's so much to see.

Trieste is suspended, between the sea, its history and modern Europe,  I hope it never changes - you're too good to change Trieste.

Giacomo

Piazza Unita D'Italia Trieste
Trieste
View of Trieste
Sunset Trieste
  1. Home
  2. Galleries of Italy
  3. Trieste

You might like these

  • An Italian Butcher's Tale from Sarnano

    There is a macelleria inside the gates of Sarnano, an Italian butcher shop, the subject of our interest. The couple who run it are old, the store is old. The store is at and in the old wall. The meat is worked the way it was for decades, centuries.

  • Evocative Italian Images

    Photos of the most splendid countries on earth, Italy! Photos can never do it justice but these Italian images come close.

  • Subscribe to A Secret Italy

    Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Stromboli Erupts. One Dead!

    Jul 04, 19 04:48 AM

    A hiker was killed when Stromboli unexpectedly erupted yesterday. Efforts are under way to evacuate 70 people from the island, which is located off the coast of Sicily.

    Read More

  2. An Italian Butcher's Tale from Sarnano

    Jul 03, 19 03:23 AM

    There is a macelleria inside the gates of Sarnano, an Italian butcher shop, the subject of our interest. The couple who run it are old, the store is old. The store is at and in the old wall. The meat…

    Read More

  3. Living in Sarnano

    Jul 02, 19 06:49 AM

    Our apartment in Sarnano, Le Marche, Italy, is in the Centro Storico, the historic center, The windows look out at the mountains and a small cortile(courtyard) in which we take our morning coffee and…

    Read More

  4. Subscribe to A Secret Italy

    Jun 25, 19 03:59 AM

    Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

    Read More

  5. Homemade Lasagna - An Authentic Italian Recipe

    Jun 03, 19 07:03 AM

    A delicious authentic homemade lasagna recipe.This is the way my Italian nonna-in-law cooks it and I can tell you it is great...

    Read More

  6. The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    May 30, 19 07:11 AM

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

    Read More