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.…

MAGAZZINO 18

It is only recently that the terrible events involving Italy & Yugoslavia at the end of WWII, have been acknowledged. It is a very painful period where atrocities were perpetrated by both countries, eventually leading up to the Istrian Exodus. In brief, from 1947 –the year The Treaty of Paris was signed giving Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia…

CIVICO MUSEO D’ARTE ORIENTALE

A jewel in the heart of Trieste, the Museum of Asian Art narrarates the link between Trieste and the Far East first established in 1700s when the ships of LLoyd Adriatico first sailed through the Suez Canal to reach the shores of India, China and Japan.   Part of the collection is a gift of the…

EL PEDOCÍN

  Opened in 1890 under the name “Bagno Lanterna” due to its proximity to the lighthouse, it was quickly nicknamed “El Pedocín” (the tiny flea) by the locals. Some say it is slang referring to the mussels that grow in abundance in the area, others say that when merchant ships would come to port, the sailors would…

MUSEO DELLA BORA

When in Trieste, you might notice hand rails and chains lining streets and buildings — you might even experience a particularly windy day, and notice, across the water, the Alps in their snowcapped splendor — all of these things are relevant to the iconic wind that makes up part of the Triestine DNA. The BORA Museum,…