Trieste is uniquely located in the northeast corner of Italy on a narrow strip of land between the Adriatic coast and the border of Slovenia. It has long been a crossroads for central Europe and the Mediterranean and a place where Latin, Germanic, and Slavic cultures come together.
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Housed in a historic early 20th-century palace in the city center, this hotel retains much of its original fresco ceilings and marble interiors while offering modern and stylish guest rooms with upscale amenities.
Due to its international mix along the Mediterranean, Trieste is extensively rich in cultural influence and history. Trieste is renowned for its café culture as its port once served as a primary entry point for coffee being delivered to the rest of the world. Founded in 1914, historic Caffè San Marco was often frequented by literary giants such as James Joyce, who once lived in Trieste.
What to see
A must-see landmark in Trieste is the Piazza Unità d'Italia, one of the largest sea-facing squares in Europe. Trieste once served as a primary seaport of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and this historic square is surrounded by neoclassical buildings and the city's municipal buildings. The Grand Canal, built between 1754 and 1756 by the Venetian Matteo Pirona, is located within the heart of Borgo Teresiano and was built so boats could deliver their goods directly to the city’s center. Today, the canal can be crossed via 2 bridges and a pedestrian walkway. Miramare Castle is a 19th-century castle beautifully perched on a cliff that overlooks the Adriatic. The castle was originally built by order of Ferdinand Maximilian, from the house of Habsburg. Its lush gardens, opulent furnishings, lavish art and ornaments (all of which are still the original decor chosen for the property) offer a small glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of the Habsburg dynasty.
When to Go
The best time to visit Trieste is during the spring and fall seasons, from April to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is mild and pleasant, ideal for exploring the city on foot and enjoying outdoor activities. The summer months of July and August can be hot and crowded, as many tourists flock to the city. However, the summer months also offer a variety of cultural celebrations and festivals that showcase Trieste's spirit.