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…

MASE’: TRIESTE’S DELI

Mase’ is the ubiquitous deli or “salumeria” of Trieste, specializing in Triestine delicacies. The stores are stocked with a variety of products from; dry goods like pasta and grains to wines and sausages, cheeses and precooked dishes and, of course, the assortment of “salumi” featuring the “Cotto Triestino”. Mase’ was created by two brothers who moved to…

SURVIVAL GUIDE: EASTER BREADS & TITOLA

Easter in Trieste is beautiful, the fruit trees are ending their bloom and spreading their last blossoms, like confetti, on the passersby. Cascades of wisteria pour over terrace railings, pergolas and retaining walls of villas perched on Via Commerciale. And everywhere the scent of jasmine and blossoming laurel grows more intoxicating as the sun gets warmer.…

TRATTORIA NERODISEPPIA

At Trattoria NerodiSeppia it is often hard to snag a reservation if you don’t plan ahead. Not only is seating extremely limited but it is extraordinarily popular with locals and tourists alike, even if it is a little out of the hustle and bustle of the city center. The restaurant is cute, cozy and unpretentious.…

SAN SPIRIDIONE CHURCH

When I arrived to Trieste, the first thing that struck me was how many different places of worship there are in the City.  Apart from the traditional churches, Trieste is home to one of the largest Jewish Synagogues in Europe, a Lutheran Church, a Greek Orthodox Church, and the Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spyridon or San Spiridione.…

RUJ

One would never guess that the modest little country home off the winding road just across the border from Italy near Opicina, is seat to one of Slovenia’s most prized chefs. Peter Patajac, winner of many International culinary awards, runs Ruj in Sezana, Slovenia — a mere 15 minutes from downtown Trieste. In the heart of…