A trip to Italy? Add TRIESTE to your list!

Trieste is often forgotten as tourists head.
Well… not to a non-touristy-tourist like me !

IMG_6248This marvelous North-Easter Friuli Venezia Giulia Italian city has a lot to offer and a lot to be discovered. piazzaOnce a very influential and powerful center of politics, literature, music, art and culture under Austrian-Hungarian dominion, today, Trieste is a very charming city, with a quiet and lovely almost Eastern European atmosphere, several pubs and cafes, some stunning architecture and a beautiful sea view. It was also, for a while, the residence of famous Irish writer James Joyce.

Not to be missed!
Città Vecchia, The Austrian Quarter, Museo Revoltella, Museo di Storia, Arte e Orto., The Synagogue, The Miramare Castle and San Giusto, where a walk on the Castle ramparts and bastions will give you a complete panorama of the city of Trieste, its hills and the sea.mirarmareThen take the legendary tram #2 from Piazza Oberdan to Opicina.IMG_6195

I discovered a hidden jewel!

The Carlo Schmidl Theatre Museum in Palazzo Gopcevic that documents the life of theatre and music in Trieste from the 18th century to the present day.
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You will find posters, costumes and jewellery; paintings, prints, drawings and photographs; marionettes and puppetspuppets; musical instruments, medals, archives and manuscripts; a large library, a media library and an extraordinary musical collection.

And more…
Barcola Paved waterfront walk stretches from a little north of the city nearly to the castle at Miramare. It is the beach where the Triestini spend their summers.
Annual Events:
Trieste Film Festival
international film festival held in January, Bavisela Maratona d’Europa, marathon every May, Trieste Science+Fiction annual film festival, usually held in November, Barcolana an annual sailing race held in the Gulf of Trieste the second Sunday of October.IMG_6153

Let’s eat!
Jota a soup prepared with pork, potatoes, cabbage, and finely-ground beans, Gnocchi in the style of Austrian dumplings, made with everything from ham to stuffed with plums, Brodetto Fish soup, Risotto Creamy rice dish, Sardoni in savor flavored pilchardsIMG_6224  and…
“Buon appetito!”…with “bollito” Traditional dish of boiled pork at Caldaia
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Historical Coffee Houses             

Caffè San Marco, Caffè degli Specchi, Chocolat, Caffè Pasticceria Pirona, one of the few remaining petesserias  to have retained its Viennese charm. One of its most devoted customers was none other than James Joyce.IMG_6255Trieste is waiting for you!
More info at http://www.turismofvg.it/Locality/TriesteIMG_6160

Photos©CesareZucca 2012

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