RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Visit  >  Departure: Trieste

Departure: Trieste

Автор: 19.02.2021 | Italy, departure
Try to guess name of this city and its location: the Croats and the Slovenes are scurrying here and there, they drink beer no worse than regular customers of the best Austrian breweries and combine it with snack of pasta and local seafood. You are unlikely to grasp immediately what it is all about, but we unveil it for you as our today story is about the Italian city of Trieste.

History of Trieste, the frontier city sometimes referred to as "the last citadel of Italy in the East", is amazing. Built in the days of the Roman Empire, it had survived several centuries of turmoil and destruction before in the Middle Ages it fell under the power of Austria which defended this strategic port from claims of aggressive Venice. However, looking at the map you realize that it was quite difficult for them to control the port from Vienna without modern communication means. Therefore, the Habsburgs decided that a bird in the hand is worth two birds in the known place, and granted Trieste the status of "free city" limiting this freedom by their protectorate. Until the end of the World War I the Italians had to cross state boarder to visit "their own city" as they always considered this place where long before locals had become half-Austrians and even mixed with the neighbouring Balkan people. Latest revision of borders occurred after the World War II when the territory of Trieste was divided between Italy (almost everything) and then Yugoslavia. The Triestini perceive various upheavals philosophically since they feel it confusing to identify themselves with only one country.

Distinguished by both rich historical heritage and wonderful Mediterranean climate, Trieste is unfairly neglected by guidebooks due to its glittering neighbour Venice. It seems that this country-hopping city is a preserved illustration of Babylon of pre-Tower times: peaceful coexistence of such "explosive" peoples as the Italians and, say, the Croatians diluted with Austrian pragmatism, proves that we are all the same under our skins. Therefore, making a promenade along the waterfront or climbing narrow streets snaking up to the mountains, you cannot help setting your mind on tolerance. The important thing is that such not very densely populated areas (250 000) are much better than metropolitan cities to understand essence of cosmopolitanism...chiesa-s-antoniio.jpgPhoto trieste411.it

In addition to the spiritual treasures there is much to see and touch in Trieste. Surely, you will not pass by the Unity of Italy Square, the central spot open-sided to the sea. This place is considered as the most "Italian" in the city: fragrant coffee shops, pizzerias, pompous buildings with spectacular views are ideal for contemplating the beauty of the southern people and nature. After admiring it, head towards the Grand Canal which runs from the sea to the shopping district. It is paralleled with the main street right for shopping and romantic walks.explore-italy-attraction-portopiccolo-piazza-unita-ditalia.jpgPhoto exploreitaly.com

If you got "tired" of Italy, do not miss the occasion to visit the church of St. Spyridon. This Serbian art masterpiece truly boasts its rich Byzantine style. Internal elaborated mosaic deserves special attention, air is heavy with incense smell well familiar for Orthodox tourists from the CIS. Very often there you can meet Russian emigrants of the first migration wave.barcolana17ap_0675.jpgPhoto brusselsdiplomatic.com

Sound of Austria also haunts Trieste. In addition to intangible values the Austrians enriched Trieste with numberless authentic taverns and pubs and the majestic Miramare Castle. This snow-white beautiful house situated 8 km from the centre once served as the residence of Archduke Maximilian. The owner was avid traveller and naturalist, so almost everything that grows in the garden and in the residence territory was brought from distant lands and planted personally by Maximilian.adriatic-trieste-xlarge.jpgPhoto borgosanrocco.eu

Go on digging "deeper into the history," and here we are contemplating the remains of the Roman theatre which is more than two thousand years old. The arena was excavated relatively recently in 1938, so the ruins are still under study. According to information already received, there were held not only theatre performances, but also true gladiator fights. Action took place right on the beach, but since then the sea line has shifted and water cannot be seen from the stands...

The final chord of the must-see program is the Opicina Tramway offering a trip to the real alpine village of Villa Opicina in cosy cabins which are more than 80 years old. In some areas those tireless rail workaholics are converted into funicular drawn up by small locomotive. The route starts from the Oberdan square, cabins run every twenty minutes from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.a0a51fd93b66981fcbb35730ae3f56e9.jpgPhoto pinterest.com

And, of course, we cannot neglect the fact that Trieste was a favourite place of James Joyce. And in this city he wrote his major novel "Ulysses". And though the main character of the novel travels in Dublin, complicated in modernistic-style, multi-levelled and layered Trieste is hidden between the novel lines. In the city centre there are several houses and museums where the great author lived and worked. They are not difficult to be found, and it is your task - OUTLOOK gave you a hint, but everyone should become Odysseus on his own.

Useful information:

The closest airport is Ronchi dei Legionari, it is 33 km from the city. International flights from London, Munich and the Italian cities land there. Buses from the terminal to Trieste centre travel about an hour and cost EUR 3-4, while taxi fare is EUR 60.

The right time to visit the city is October when it hosts a large-scale Barcolana regatta. beweekend-crociera-tra-trieste-e-listria-slovenia-e-croazia-1.jpgPhoto beblue.it

Local residents, especially adults, almost do not know English. But German is very common. In the Balkan areas they understand some Russian. Still, be sure to stock up with an Italian phrase book.

In Trieste remained one of few distinct beaches: men on one side, women on the other. In general, the locals say that the city has "a lot of the sea, but few beaches."

Cover photo picfair.com


Вам это будет интересно:
Water gates. Impressive world harbors
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
Departure: Maldives
One of the smallest capitals of the world – Malé – offers to have a look at the country’s, not 5-star hotel’s, places of interest and to get closer to life of ordinary Maldivians, not people from a room next door. First association that comes to mind at the mention of the Maldives is something azure and pastoral.
The Sistine Chapel Illusions
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple.
Departure: Dakar
The Senegalese capital of Dakar is not only the most important city of West Africa, but also a city of extremes, a fascinating introduction if purpose of the trip is to "get acquainted with the Continent, but gently and smoothly". In addition to many civilizational and habitual to modern people attributes of life, every moment you feel spirit of Africa, at once both intimidating, romantic, off-beat and deeply alluring.
Departure: Inverness: Search of Nessie or great whiskey at least
Macbeth Castle, mountains, hospitable pubs serving tasty snacks, fragrant distilleries and, of course, the famous Loch Ness monster – all that is concentrated in one place, the Scottish city of Inverness and its surrounding area. As regards tourism Inverness is significantly behind Aberdeen and Edinburgh, to say nothing of Glasgow...
Departure: Balchik
If you like having rest in Bulgaria but haven’t picked a town to stay in, try and do it in Balchik. It will suit those who value cozy yet non-costly trips without a flow of holiday-makers and an empty pocket afterwards. And the town’s ancient age together with unique landmarks will create a great alternative to sun and sea bathes.
Departure: Edinburgh
If you see gloomy brown buildings, dark reddish buses, sky covered by grey clouds, and in the morning it is already drizzling so that no umbrella can save you from getting fully wet - your dream has come true, you are in Edinburgh! However, there is a good news: this city hosts the best pubs, has almost no unemployment and is packed with the world's largest number of architectural monuments.
Everone soon or late comes to Rome
He shall never again be wholly unhappy, for he has seen Italy and especially Rome, Goethe said. Our reader and photographer Roman Matkov fully agrees with this opinion. Today he is sharing his impressions of the eternal city with our readers.
Departure: Volendam
Euphoria comes with freedom, masterpieces are in museums, and fantastic architecture is done by human and nature… Netherland capital Amsterdam is famous and unknown simultaneous. It might sound strange but Netherlands are not visible in this cosmopolitan and tolerant European city. So, we will try to search for it in the suburbs of the capital, particularly, in the village Volendam.
Holy beauty! What are the most famous abbeys in the world hiding?
What do you imagine when you hear the word "abbey"? I'm sure most people will first of all think of Westminster. But what if I said that in fact it is no longer an abbey? So what makes these medieval buildings so special? Let's look at the example of buildings from different European countries.
Venetian type of taxi: gondolas
Perhaps, there is no such a person on the planet who did not hear about the unique Italian city on the water. During several centuries Venice with its amazing architecture, fantastic landscape and own atmosphere has been attracting people from all the corners of the world. So as to feel it and see under unexpected corner, one should swim on the legendary gondolas.
From the screen to reality and back: places where famous movies were shot
How many kinds of tourism are there? Gastro, ecotourism, shopping — there are probably as many varieties of them as travelers themselves — everyone choose what they want. Today we talk about people visiting places that have become locations for shoting famous movies.
Sculpture of the Vatican: history and philosophy
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?".
Departure: Jamaica
Jamaicans like rum, marihuana (hardly anybody seems to be bothered by the fact that it isn’t officially legal there), Bob Marley and… attending churches. They also wouldn’t mind winning several Olympic medals as well as competing for a crown of a beauty queen. Today we get acquainted with peculiarities of both serious and funny Jamaica.
The most beautiful churches in the world: charm and divine power
The architecture of temples has interesting and sometimes controversial history. Quite often the novelties and fundamentals of movements in architecture started with the building of temples with sophisticated design. The Polish Roman Catholic churches are rather bright in their beauty.
Between Heaven And... Water: World’s 5 smallest inhabited islands
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Alberobello: The world of trulli, wine and magic
The old village, which was once located in the territory of modern Alberobello has been destroyed and re-built at least a hundred times. And it's not about conquests and raids of warlike aliens. No, it was deliberately destroyed by its inhabitants. Do you know the reason?
I came, I saw, I built. Masterpieces of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Rome
Today, OUTLOOK continues one of its most popular column with a story about how you can spend ten dollars, forever green and pleasant for pocket and eye, in the Eternal City in which crowds of tourists flock annually and who never ceases to amaze every lucky person who has been here! Believe us, the capital of Italy has something to surprise you!
Departure: Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is called Middle Asian Switzerland. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, caves, cols and green meadows aren’t a speck inferior in terms of aesthetics to European ones yet travelers haven't duly appreciated this country so far. Across-the-board exploration of the land by the state’s guests has only just begun. And alongside hotels that are being swiftly erected, ordinary yurts are still offered for residence to feel local natural.
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page