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…

SURVIVAL GUIDE: GETTING AROUND TRIESTE

  People often complain that Trieste is so remote — and Triestines joke that they like it that way! But in fact, this famous gateway to “MittleEurope”  is undergoing a transformation to make it even more accessible. The biggest news is that starting March 19, 2018, there will be a new train connection between Trieste…

SURVIVAL GUIDE:NEW YEARS EVE IN TRIESTE

Trieste doesn’t disappoint on New Year’s Eve, (“la vigilia di Capodanno”). Celebrations abound at clubs, restaurants and bars throughout the city and this year, New Year’s eve celebrations also return to the beautiful medieval Castello San Giusto, offering a prime position from which to view the fireworks over the gulf of Trieste. The party in…

GROTTA GIGANTE

Just north of Trieste is Borgo Grotta Gigante, home to one of the world’s largest tourist caves, second only to La Verna cave in south-western France.  The cave, aptly named  Grotta Gigante (Giant cave) is also known as Riesengrotte or as Grotta di Brisciachi, and is located on the Italian side of the Karst. Its central cavern is 107…

DA PINO

There is a sense of renewal in Trieste.  New stores and restaurants are popping up and although it is a small city, it is always bustling with activities and events. Bars and restaurants are well attended as the Triestines love meeting friends for aperitivi or going out for dinner.  The “Sacchetta” neighborhood (near the Port…

TRIESTE-OPICINA CAR RACE

  The Trieste-Opicina car race debuted in the summer of 1911 with a purse of 10,000 crowns put forth by Prince Erich von Thurn und Taxis. At that time, Trieste was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the cars participating represented some of the most famous names from the realms of aristocracy and industry of both Austria and Trieste.  Unfortunately,…

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…