Piazza d'Unita is the biggest open space in Trieste city centre and the one of the biggest square in Italy aswell. Here you can see some of the most representative palaces in the town, such as the Town Hall, Palazzo Pitteri, LLoyd Adriatico and the fine yesteryear hotel Duca d'Aosta.
The square is often said to be European's largest square located next to the sea.
Fondest memory: This square is probably the most attractive sight in whole Trieste and the favorite promenade area of the locals, especially in the winter-time on sunny Sunday mornings. The square has occasionally been used as a concert venue.
This square is often said to be European's largest square located next to the sea. It was built during the period when Trieste was the main port of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Before 1919 it was known as Piazza Grande.
Fondest memory: An eclectic construction of extreme interest by Giuseppe Bruni (1877). Nineteenth century buildings line up the two sides of the piazza, such as the Palazzo Modello by Bruni, the Casa Stratti, the Palazzo del Governo, the Lloyd Triestino and, finally, the most natable Baroque building in Trieste, namely the Palazzo Pitteri.
The palace is designed in the neo-Classical style for Greek trader Demetrio Carciotti. Later on in 1831 it become the first seat of Assicurazioni Generali.
Fondest memory: The huge and representative Palazzo Carciotti, designed by Matteo Pertsch in1805, dominates the whole area of Riva Tre Novembre. Its western side is situated along the Canale Grande.
Today it is the headquarters of the Harbour Office (Capitaneria di Porto).
Viale XX Settembre is a tree-lined street which links via Carducci with Il Giulia shopping center. Here you find various cinemas, the theater Politeama Rossetti several cafes, restaurants and shops.
It is a pedestrian area except for some parts.
Favorite thing: Borgo Teresiano is a neighbourhood characterized by grid like streets. It was built on the place where the salt pans were. This area was wanted by the Austrian emperor Charles VI and completed by her daughter Maria Teresa in the 1800's. Here you can see the Canal Grande; built between 1750 and 1756. On this channel various boats are always moored. It is bordered by several palaces; the church od St. Antonio Nuovo, some cafes, restaurants and shops.
This is the main square in Trieste. It is surrounded by several palaces built mostly in the 19th century. Here you can see the Town Hall; built in 1875. The Government Palace (1904-1905); with mosaics and a loggia. Palazzo Stratti with the historical cafe named Caffe degli Specchi.
Opposite the Town Hall there is a huge fountain; the Fountain of the Four Continents. It was built between 1751-1754. Here are represented four continents, because the fifth; Australia wasn't discovered at that time yet.
Piazza dell' Unità d' Italia is very large and opens to the sea. This is one of the places in Trieste where various performances are held.
During our 5 days in Trieste we enjoyed at least two wondeful sunsets over the Gulf of Trieste.
One of the most popular places to enjoy a sunset in Trieste seems to be the quay Molo Audace, which can be found almost right in front of the square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
Also the freight harbour with its abandoned warehouses and rusty cranes near the quays Molo III and Molo IV offer a special, almost eerie atmosphere at sunset.
The Unity of Italy square is not only Trieste's main square but also considered Europe's largest square facing the sea. It was designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Bruni in 1879 and underwent extensive renovations in 1999.
The square is dominated by the City Hall, which is described in my "Things to do" tips. Just in front of the City Hall, the Fountain of the Four Continents can be found. The baroque style fountain was errected in 1751 when Australia hadn't been discovered.
Other notable buildings on the square include the Government Palace (Palazzo del Governo, 1905), the Prefecture Palace (Palazzo Stratti, 1839), the former Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta (Palazzo Vanoli, 1873) and the building of the seat of the region (Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino, 1883).
The Unity of Italy Square (Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia) is situated at the foot of the San Giusto hill, right in the heart of Trieste's city centre. The square faces the Adriatic sea to the north.
Trieste's Canal Grande is a waterway which was constructed by the Venetian Matteo Pirona in the middle of the 18th century. At that time ships could go as far as to the Church of San Antonio Nuovo to dock near the city centre.
Later in 1934 the last part of the canal was filled up with rubble from the old town. This is now the square Piazza Sant Antonio.
The canal is lined with beautiful buildings, such as the eclectic Palazzo Gopcevich. It was built in 1850 by the architect Giovanni Berlam and houses nowadays a theatre museum.
The Canal Grande can be found in the heart of Trieste's Borgo Teresiano district, which is situated just between the train station and the square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
Almost all historic buildings in Trieste's touristy city centre are beautifully illuminated at night, so a stroll around the town in the late evening is highly recommended.
One of our first impressions of Trieste was the square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia at dawn on a overcast day and we were really amazed about the grandness of the square at night.
I really enjoyed my walking guided tour of Trieste! I subscribed it by the Official Tourism Office in Piazza Unità d'Italia, it offers a comprehensive overview of the city and its various cultural and historical moment.
It start by the office at 10.30am every day from April until 7th October and the other months on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December.
The cost is 5€ or free with FVG Card and for children under the age of 12.
More information here Guided tour
Fondest memory: Our guide, Miss Manuela was really great! She would give us enough historical information spicing them up with some popular story, legend and facts.
She was very informative and funny at the same time, making our tour special.
The tour lasted a lot longer than the 2 hours as everybody was intrigued by her explanation and keep asking question.
We saw the Arco di Riccardo, the San Silvestro and Santa Maria Maggiore church, the roman basilica, San Giusto church and than back down to the newer part of the town to the Canal Grande and back to Piazza Unità d'Italia.
I recommend this walking tour to everybody, it is not too hard, just keep in mind there will be some uphill and downhill as Trieste old part was elevated, wear comfortable shoes and bring water! If you like photography you will have enough time to capture good shots along the way.
Favorite thing: When I am in Trieste I like to explore the old town. I mean the area around piazza Cavana which is very near piazza dell' Unità d' Italia. This is an area with a maze of streets with very old buildings. You can also find some Roman remain there.
Favorite thing: www.trieste.com has information on what to do and see in the city; museums, itineraries, exibitions and so on. Moreover on this web site you can read something on the history of Trieste, its typical food and how to get there and around the city.
Favorite thing: A small zoo is set up in Piazza Ponterosso (close to the Canal Grande) every year at Christmas time. A shed houses several animals that convey the atmosphere of the crib where Jesus was born: from local animals, such as goats, cows and donkeys, to exotic species like llamas and camels.
Trieste is a cracking little place, we stopped there for 4 days while my ship visited with the rest of the NATO force.
loads of nice little bars and as in most countries an Irish bar !! the food is excellent and the prices are very resonable indeed.
I took 7 people with me cycling from Trieste to Koper in Slovenia the day the ship sailed to meet it back into port in Koper, there really wernt any cycle routes as such and finidng the info on the net proved to be a nightmere.
However in true Naval style i managed to Cuff a route, cycling through trieste town centre following the signs for Slovenia. Then we managed to navigate ono the AutoBahn NOT RECOMMENDED BY ANY MEANS!!
we got off at the earliest opportunity to follow a sign called Muggai. From there we picked up a cycle path called D8 which took us all the way to Koper.
We took our passports but didnt need to show them on the border control point.