Trieste has been called the ultimate nowhere-place: officially part of several successive 64341-004-0D739460countries and empires through the ages, yet spiritually bound to none of them. Many of the 200,000 Triestine, I came to learn, do not see themselves as truly Italian. They belong to Trieste, and Trieste alone. In fact, a small but committed independence movement is seeking the recognition of Trieste as a free city-state.

From 16th to the end of World War l it was a part of Habsburg Empire, but more a city – state than ruled by anyone. Then inhabited by the citizens of the ex – Yugoslavia and Gypsies.

Me visiting this city was kinda ad hoc everytime, as I was catching the low budget flights from local airport to Sicily and later to London. That time I was living in Zagreb as a student and tried to catch the world by its tail. Fours years laer, still the same… 🙂

My local guide was a great friend of mine Andrea, who I met in Barcelona couple of years ago. So, he showed me great places and offered me great local specialties.

We sterted with the main square Piazza Unita d’Italia with many head office buildings mostly of  classical architecture.

In the middle of the square is the monument of  Thetis (sea nymphe) and Venus.  As the square faces the Adriatic sea it shows how important seaport it was since the Austro-Hungarian Empire times. Actually, I would call it an elegant triumph of Austro-Hungarian town planning.

Main square in Trieste facing the sea and so being Italy’s largest sea-facing piazza
Canal streets of Trieste facing the seaside

Le Sartine are famous stressless ladies sitting next to the sea and chatting around. I found them very inspirative so I decided to sit next to them. 🙂

Le Sartine



In the end we climbed to the hill San Giusto and enjoyed the great view of the city. We had a local spritz drink and some pizzetta crisps and fingerfood.

View from San Giusto hill



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  1. I’ve actually never heard of Trieste, Italy. I’m assuming thats why you referred to is as a “nowhere place” . But I must give credit to the coordination of your outfit in the first photo 😉


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  2. I’ve never heard of Trieste! Judging from the gorgeous sunset in the photo of the Main square and the view from San Giusto, it looks like a rather romantic place! Would love to visit with my husband 🙂


  3. I’ve passed so many times by, when traveling by bus from the Balkans to Western Europe, but never made a stop there actually. I have to consider it one day. If we speak about history, I absolutely agree with you, that Trieste is a crossroad of cultures.


  4. It is a pity that people don’t know much about Trieste, it being so picturesque. I must admit, I didn’t know about it as well. But given your pictures and beautiful vistas it has to offer, I must add it to my bucketlist too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing


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