TRIESTE CITY HALL

Trieste’s City Hall or Municipio is the most iconic landmark of the City. It presides over Europe’s largest piazza overlooking the sea. It is beautiful in the day and even more so at night, when it is illuminated. Designed by Giuseppe Bruni,  it was built between 1873 and 1875 on the site previously occupied by the Magistrate’s Palace and Loggia, incorporating…

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…

DAY-TRIPS: UDINE

Udine is, as the locals say, “the Milan” of the FVG region, meaning it is industrious, full of hard working people and often finds itself a little out of step with its more leisurely and chill neighbors. Not often considered a tourist destination, it is in fact ideally situated in the Province of Udine which…

FOLKLORE: LA DAMA BIANCA

  The legend of the “Lady in White” is a common one around the world. Often, it refers to the ghost of a woman who, in life,  has suffered abuse or unbearable tragedy so as to deprive her of peace in the afterlife. Even Trieste has its “lady in white” — in fact — there are  even a…

DAY-TRIPS: SPILIMBERGO

Spilimbergo is a town located northeast of Venice in the province of Pordenone in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The town is best known as the home of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (Mosaic Academy of Friuli), which was founded in 1922. It is definitely underrated and worth the under 90 minute trip from Trieste. Upon our arrival (on…

CASTELLO DI MIRAMARE

One of the iconic symbols of Trieste, the Castello di Miramare sparkles like a pearl on the Triestine coastline.  Built in the mid 1850s by Carl Junker as the seaside residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian of Habsburg (brother of Emperor Franz Joseph) and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, it boasts a 54 acre English style garden filled…

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.…