Trieste is a city in northeastern Italy. It is situated between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia. It is also located near Croatia.
It has a large mains square facing the sea, several churches catholical and of other religions and some museums.
Trieste is worth a stop of a couple of days or more if you are going to Slovenia or to Croatia. You could even choose it as a base to do explore some places in the Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. It is a very large city, but well served by public transportation (buses).
It is possible and easy to go to various destinations in eastern Europe from Trieste, by coach. There are coaches to several places in Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and to other countries departing from the bus station in Trieste. There are even some buses to Vienna. The bus station is situated at piazza della Libertà . It is just some meters from the railway station. This station is not a nice place, but there is a convenient cafe and some shops inside.
I visited Trieste lots of time and also some weeks ago.
Piazza dell' Unità d' Italia is the main square in Trieste. It is surrounded by several palaces built mostly in the 19th century. Here you can see the Town Hall; built in 1875. The Government Palace (1904-1905); with mosaics and a loggia. Palazzo Stratti with the historical cafe named Caffe degli Specchi.
This square is very large and opens to the sea.
Opposite the Town Hall there is a huge fountain; the Fountain of the Four Continents. It was built between 1751-1754. Here are represented four continents, because the fifth; Australia wasn' t discovered at that time yet.
When I visit Trieste I like to explore the old town. I mean the area around piazza Cavana which is very near piazza dell' Unità d' Italia. This is an area with a maze of streets and very old buildings. You can also find some Roman remains there. There are also various shops and cafes in this neighborhood.
Piazza Cavana; the square you see in this picture, was previously named piazza del Sale (i. e. ) until 1829, because of a salt storeroom which was situated at the end of this square.
There is even a Roman arch in the old town; the Arco di Riccardo. It was built in the I century B. C.
Here you see another Roman find.
There are several palaces built in Liberty style in this city.
Here you see part of another palace built in Liberty style.
Borgo Teresiano is a neighbourhood characterized by grid like streets. It was built on the place where the salt pans were. This area was built on order by the Austrian emperor Charles VI and completed by her daughter Maria Teresa in the 1800' s.
Here you can see the Canal Grande; built between 1750 and 1756. It is bordered by several palaces; by the church of St. Antonio Nuovo, several cafes, restaurants and shops.
In this picture you see a statue of the Irish writer James Joyce. He lived for some time in Trieste.
I spotted this stone face on the bridge you see in the previous picture.
This is Palazzo Gopcevich. It houses the Civico Museo Teatrale Carlo Shmidl. It is a museum related to the theatre.
The Serbian ortodox church. This church was built on the site of a previous church that was used both by the Greek and the Serbian communities in the '700. It was opened in 1868.
It is surmounted by five light blue domes; one large and four smaller.
Inside the church you can see the iconostasis; that is a group of icons partly covered in gold and silver. This was built in Russia at the beginning of the ' 800. A silver chandelier that was a present by Paolo Petrovich; (future tsar Paul I) when he visited Trieste in 1772 is another highlight of this church. Many other beautiful work of art will surely catch your attention inside this church.
Here you see another cupola inside the church.
Bar pasticceria Urbanis is a budget restaurant where I usually have lunch when I am in Trieste. It is also a meeting place where people go to have an aperitivo (a drink taken before meals). At Urbanis they serve a good choice of first and second courses. They also have sandwiches and desserts. Here food is really cheap. Drinks served at the table are expensive.
Urbanis is an historic cafe, but it is modern furnished.
At Urbanis ' they have a menu. but they also serve a menu of the day. Here you see a dish of pasta (noodles) with shrimps I had some years ago.
The Greek ortodox church of Saint Nicholas. It was consecrated to Saint Nicholas; patron saint of sailors, ship owners and all those involved in the maritime trade. It was built between 1784 and 1787 and completed in 1821.
This church has a single nave and its light comes from some small windows and chandeliers. For this reason it is not easy to take picutes inside.
Into this church you can see the iconostasis with several icons and several paintings.
The nave is overlooked by two balconies. The lower one was once set for women; the upper one was reserved for the choir.
There is a good number of museums in Trieste. I' d recommend to visit Museo Revoltella. This is a modern art museum. The original palace which houses this museum was built between 1854 and 1858. It was owned by the baron Pasquale Revoltella (1795 - 1869) who was an entrepeneur and a financier.
In the 60' s of the last century two other palaces where added to this one to form a modern art museum with around 350 paintings and sculptures. Here many masterpieces by Italian and foreigner artists are on display.
On the ground floor of this palace there is the library. The first floor houses the baron Revoltella' s private aparments. The second floor was used for parties and banquets. Here you can see the dining room, the ball room and some other rooms.
Sircelli is a cafe confectionery I usually visit around 5 p. m. when I visit Trieste. It was opened in 1933 as a bakery. Some years ago it was enlarged and completely refurbished. Unfortunately this cafe is quite small, so sometimes it is not easy to find a seat here.
Here you can find a large selection of pastries, cakes, some savoury food as pizza by the slice and various kinds of bread filled with cold cuts.
I like their apple pie and the pastry with pear and chocolate.
There is a nice long promenade not far from Sircelli' s. Viale XX Settembre. This tree lined street links via Carducci with Il Giulia Shopping Center. It is bordered by lots of cafes, eateries and shops. There is even a cinema here.
Amost all this streed is car free.
Here' s another picture taken on viale XX Settembre.
One of the main sights in Trieste is saint Justus cathedral. It is located on a hill overlooking Trieste.
Towards the middle of the fifth century there was a basilica on the site of this church. It was built in place of a Roman temple dedicated to Jovis, Juno and Minerva. This church was probably destroyed in the IX century. Between the IX and the X century two churches were built on the site of this basilica. In the XIV century these were joined to form the cathedral you see today.
There are several mosaics and frescoes inside this church.
Here' s a short description of some mosaics you can see inside the church. The mosaics on the apse on the left; date to the beginning of the XII century. They depict the Madonna, the angels Gabriel, Michael and apostles. The mosaics on the apse on the right date around the XIII century. Here you see Christ with saints Justus and saint Servolo. On the central apse there is a mosaic made in 1932.
Next to saint Justus cathedral you can see the castle. What we see today is a large construction built between 1468 and1636. It is thought there was an early bronze age hillfort (around 2000 BC) at the place of this castle. In the Middle Age the Venetian built another building. It was destroyed in the XIV century. Between 1468-1471 Fredrick III of Absburg built another constuction on that site. Other works were made by the Venetians from 1508 to 1509. The castle was completed in 1630 with the buildings of the bastions and the walls.
The museum inside the castle is made up of a furnished room and the Casa del Capitano. This is the oldest building in the castle. It houses a collection of weaponry, some furniture and other things. Temporary exibitions are held at the castle. Inside the castle courtyard various concerts and shows are held.
Once you visited the museum you can stroll on the ramparts on the castle to enjoy a beautiful landscape over the city.
There is also a chapel inside the castle.
Mikeze and Jakeze. These are the original mechanical staues which striked the hours on the top of the town hall in piazza dell' Unità d' Italia. They are stored into the castle.
Buffet Rudy is a a restaurant where you can have Italian, local and Bavarian dishes.
Every time I visit Trieste I usually have dinner Here. The food is very good and the portions are big. My favourite dishes at Rudy' s are pasta (noodles) with vegetables and gnocchi (dumplings) with four cheeses.
The only downside of this restaurant is that is quite a noisy place. The reason is because it has only a dining room and part of it is a bar; a popular bar I can say.