SURVIVAL GUIDE: CARNEVALE

Carnevale is just around the corner. Store fronts are filled with glittery masks and brightly colored costumes and bakeries are showcasing the typical holiday fried fare consisting of crostoli, bugie ripiene, frittole, castagnole and other goodies! Everywhere you walk, you see the remnants of early celebrations; confetti and streamers scattered and balled up in street…

SPRINGTIME IN TRIESTE

Trieste welcomes Spring with many outdoor events. There are many to choose from covering everything from sports to literary events. But the ones that really mark the thaw of the city from Winter’s grip are among my favorites : Trieste in Fiore, Castelli Aperti and Horti Tergestini. Trieste in Fiore is the annual garden and flower…

LA BARCOLANA

Barcolana Autumn Cup Regata (La Barcolana), organized by the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, is one of Trieste’s premier events. Started in 1969, it is one of the most crowded regatas in the world. The uniqueness of the race is that it pits amateurs against professional racing teams. Every year in October, sailing enthusiasts descend upon the city from…

MARCO: TRIESTE’S CELEBRITY PENGUIN

In 1953, the Ocean liner, Europa, filled with passengers emigrating to South Africa, set sail from Trieste to Cape Town. Among the crew members were two young boys from Istria, whose job it was to clean the passengers’ rooms. Once in South Africa, the two boys decided to get into some mischief and hatched a plan to go catch themselves one…