Known as a city with two souls, Trieste is a gorgeous city in Italy located near the borders of Croatia and Slovenia. The largest among the ports of Italy, it is the center of coffee drinking in Italy, and is a place for the arts with many artists being drawn to the city. With such beauty, a unique location, and cultural influences from outside of Italy, Trieste is a hidden gem in Italy that is worth spending some time in.
Here are 8 reasons why Trieste is worth visiting:
1. The Harbor
The harbor in Trieste is impressive, not only for its economic impact on the city but also for its beauty and operations. The main harbor, located just off Piazza Venezia, has yachts, sail boats and more. To see the bustling of the shipping operations, head to the south western part of the coast.
2. Piazza Unità d’Italia
Piazza Unità d’Italiais a large square that is located right next to the sea. You’ll find important local buildings such as Town Hall, statues, and beautiful architecture here, and be able to take in incredible beauty of the city simply from having a coffee in the square or sitting and enjoying the view.
3. Molo Audace
At the end of Piazza Unita Italia is Molo Audace, a paved promenade that you can walk down to appreciate the sea and surrounding beauty of Trieste.
4. The Roman Theatre
Located on Via del Teatro Romano in old town is the city’s Roman Theatre. It is a must-see while you are here, as the structure and its seating are still in great condition and you can even see original statues at a local museum.
5. Miramare Castle
Located in the neighborhood of Grignano, Miramare Castle is one of Trieste’s gems. Built to be a private residence for Ferdinand Maximilian of the Habsburgs and his family, the castle is romantic and well-preserved.
6. The Grotta Gigante
If you drive 20 minutes outside of the city, you’ll find Grotta Gigante (gigantic cave). It is a popular activity for tourists to visit and explore the natural phenomenon.
7. Joyce heritage
A statue of James Joyce, a man who taught English at a local school and a writer, stands at the Ponte Posso bridge. This bronze statue honors him, his life and influence in Trieste.
8. Great museums
With so much history, culture, and a local love for art, museums are a wonderful way to get to know a place. Trieste has some incredible museums, including a Museum of the War for Peace, the Museum of the Oriental Art, the Revoltella Museum of Modern, the Civic Museum of History and Art, and more.
With so much to see and do, it is also of course worth mentioning that the food in Trieste is incredible. For authentic local meals, Antica Trattoria Suban is a must.
Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Hanna Johnson