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About Trieste

Trieste has been part of Italy since 1954. Prior to this, it was held by the Romans, Austrian-Hungarians and Germans. There are influences from many different cultures in this beautiful city, including Slovenian, Serbian, German and Italian, making it a fascinating place to visit.

Trieste Weather:July and August are the hottest months with daily average temperatures of 83 degrees C, or 28.3 degrees F. December and January are the coldest months with daily average temperatures of 9 degrees C, or 48 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Trieste:Tripe, pork, prosciutto, gnocchi, potatoes, strudel, salami and cod

Regional Wine of Trieste:Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, Zorzettig Friulano, Livio Felluga, Ribolla Gialla Spumante Brut

Things to do in Trieste:Trieste Cathedral, Trieste Lapidary, The Risiera di San Sabba, Salone degli Incanti

Where is Trieste?Trieste is located in northeastern Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. It is the capital city of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Just south and east of the city is the nation state of Slovenia.

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Why I love Trieste

I fell in love with chocolate gelato in Trieste. And James Joyce. Trieste is like that - surprising.

After a taste of Trieste’s fabulous pistachio gelato, I began making a ’gelato tour’ of the city. Searching out the best ice cream in very walkable downtown Trieste, I crossed the Red Bridge over the Canal Grande and found myself face to face with James Joyce coming the other way. Joyce spent fifteen of his most creative years in Trieste, and the statue of him is one of several life-sized sidewalk statues of literary figures, including novelist Italo Svevo and poet Umberto Saba, who have enjoyed Trieste’s cultural atmosphere and frequented its many cafes. I felt honoured to be in such company.

Of course, I found the gelato, too - this time chocolate. The rest is history.

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Jane, like many other travel writers and artists - and gelato gluttons, is easily won over by the timeless port city of Trieste.

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Biblioteca e Museo Civico di Storia Naturale

Boasting some of the most significant artifacts in Europe, the Museum of Natural History in Trieste is highly recommended. The museum is proud to display one of the most complete dinosaur fossils found in the entire world, and it has a fascinating and detailed exhibit of a natural food chain. Additionally, the museum houses a well-furnished library comprised of significant domestic and foreign scientific literature.

Address: Via dei Tominz 4, 34139 Trieste
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Are there any day trips to take while staying in Trieste?

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Are there any day trips to take while staying in Trieste?

The town of Muggia is a fascinating place to visit. Its ambiance is reminiscent of Venice, with its maze-like callis, the arches and the main square, Piazza Marconi. There is also the "Carneval de Muja", which runs for seven days and culminates with a huge parade, much like the carnival in Venice.

Muggia is a small, traditional fishing village, located in the south-east region of Trieste, on the Slovenian border. It has a seven kilometer stretch of beautiful coastline. There is a ferry that departs six times daily from Stazzione Marittima to Muggia year round for the 30-minute journey across the scenic bay.

Seafood meals here are fresh and delicious. Cafes, restaurants and quaint shops line the main square. There are some lovely old churches that are interesting to visit.

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Things worth remembering in Trieste

Fun Fact: Trieste is a major import center for coffee. Be prepared for fine varieties with a multitude of brews - all taken seriously by the locals.

Local Dish: ’Jota’ combines potatoes, pork, sauerkraut, and mashed beans, a delicious reminder of Trieste’s Eastern European connection.

Day Trip: Take the funicular tram ride up the escarpment behind the city for a panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea.

Famous Locals: Contemporary painter Franca Batich and Italian composer-conductor Paolo Longo are both Trieste natives.

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Museo Storico del Castello di Miramare

Foundation stones were laid for the Castle of Miramare in March of 1856. The castle was completed in 1860 as a residence for Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. Designed and built to include Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance architectural styles, the result is a stunning European castle overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Luxurious 19th century furnishings, paintings and tapestries are on display throughout the castle.

Address: Viale Miramare, 34014 Trieste
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What is the Grotto Gigante and is it something tourists should see?

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What is the Grotto Gigante and is it something tourists should see?

The Grotto Gigante was discovered in the mid-19th century. It was opened for tours over 100 years ago and declared the world’s largest show cave by Guinness Book of World Records in 1995.

The inside temperature of the cave remains steady at 11 degrees C, or 52 degrees F year round, so bring a sweater in the summer. There are 500 steps in the cave, so tourists should wear comfortable shoes.

The main chamber of the cave is an astounding 98.5 meters high, 76.3 meters wide and 167.6 meters long. There are many stalagmites and stalactites to see, as well as the skeleton of a cave bear. The second area of the cave offers a magnificent view of the chamber below.

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Castello di San Giusto

The Castle of San Giusto is an imposing 16th century bastion with hundreds of noteworthy artifacts. Exhibiting an impressive array of weapons including swords, short-bladed weapons, polearms, thrown weapons, halberds, daggers, firearms and crossbows, the armory showcases a history of European weapons dating from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Catacombs are open to visitors, and the panoramic views from the castle ramparts are unrivaled.

Address: Piazza della Cattedrale 3, 34121 Trieste
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Piazza dell'Unità D'Italia

The Piazza dell'Unità D'Italia is Trieste's central square. Bordered on three sides by immense architectural buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, the plaza is completely open to the sparkling Adriatic sea. Especially impressive at sunset and in the evenings, it is beautifully lit and charmingly romantic. A selection of restaurants and cafes is available. On summer evenings, the square is often filled with musicians and impromptu street performances.

Address: 34121 Trieste
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Teatro Verdi

Modeled after the La Scala in Milan, the elaborate Teatro Verdi has offered theater, opera, ballet and symphonies for more than two centuries. Restored to its original grandeur in 1970, the stage has a distinguished history of famous performers and composers including Rossini, Verdi, Toscanini and Wagner. The interior is magnificent, and the acoustics and seating are well designed. Semi-formal attire is required for most evening performances, and early arrival is recommended.

Address: Riva 3 Novembre, 1, 34121 Trieste
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Teatro Miela

Presenting an eclectic array of live concerts and musical performances, Teatro Miela is a leading local venue that many feel is the heartbeat of the Trieste cultural scene. Teatro Miela has hosted the Trieste Film Festival and the International Film Festival, and it offers performances by popular and up-and-coming musicians and bands. Tickets go quickly for the Pupkin cabaret performances. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

Address: Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca, degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste
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