Serbian Orthodox church of San Spiridone is situated in Borgo Teresiano and it overlook Canale Grande. This neo-Byzantine styled church was built in 1868 and it is the most eastern situated Serbian church in Europe. The front facade is adorned by nine statues, work of Milanese sculptor Emilio Bisi. The large silver lamp, hanging inside the main entrance, was a gift from Russian Tsar Pavle I.
It was decision of Empress Maria Theresia to allow the free practice of religion in 1751. The town of Trieste is located at the crossroads of major ethnic and religious communities, so it's not surprise that it has been a diverse and tolerant city in terms of culture and religion.
The church of Sveti Spiridon (as it is its serbian name) was dedicated to the Greek Cypriot Saint Spyridon.
The tiny chruch of San Silvestro, which today belongs to the Helvetic and Waldensian Rite, is a unique example of linear Romanesque of balanced proportions. This church is the oldest church in the city, dates from paleo-Christian era. Besides Roman taste the church has some gothic accents such as the windows near the bell-tower. The church was built from sandstone blocks and is in a rectangular shape without apses.
In 1784, following the Edict of king Giuseppe II, the Jesuit order was annulment and San Silvestro was closed along with 12 other churches in the town, and put up for auction. It passed into the hands of the Valdese community and still belongs to them.
It is situated just a foot from the remains of the Roman theatre, and next to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore..
Grado is an island situated 52 km from Trieste. It is linked to the mainland by two bridges.
Its old core has calli (i. e. narrow streets), campielli (small squares) and some churches. Don't miss the basilica of Saint Eufemia and its lapidarium with lots of Roman findings.
In Grado there is also a small marina.
I went to Grado from Trieste by coach. I took it at the bus station. I had to go first to Monfalcone and then took a city bus to Grado.
There are two castles in Duino. The old and the new one.
The new castle was built around 1400. What we see today is a set of buildings constructed in different years and set around a courtyard. The castle belonged to various people and was also used as a prison. At the end of the 19th century it became property of the prince Alexander of Thurn und Taxis. Over the years this castle hosted many famous artists as Strauss, Liszt, Twain and Rainer Maria Rilke.
The "old" castle was built in the XI century. It is now in ruins. You can see it from a balcony and from the tower of the new castle.
You can go to Duino by coach from the bus station or by bus n. 44 from piazza Oberdan. As far as I remember the bus stops almost opposite the castle.
This representative building in the old port of Trieste was constructed in 1913 by famous local architect Polli and used to be the Central Fisch Market of the town. Since 1933 it is Civio Aquario Marino with 25 water basins which reconstructing sea-ambients, exposing predominatelly a species from the Adriatic. The first floor is sort of vivarium which exposing species from the lakes and rivers.
Aquario is open daily, from 9-19 hours, except for the winter season (November till April) when is open from 9-13 hours. The admission is € 4,50.
Gorizia can conveniently be reached by regional train from Trieste. During the day the route is served at least hourly and the 50 km trip takes about 45 minutes. In 2012 a single ticket cost only 4,15 Euro.
The picturesque old town of Gorizia is overlooked by a castle dating back to the middle ages. From here panoramic views of the surrounding region can be enjoyed.
The Church of Saint Ignatius, which was completed in 1725, dominates the Victory Square (Piazza della Vittoria) in the city centre. Other sights include several churches, a 17th century synagogue and the large Park of Rememberance.
A walk to the eastern end of the city offers the chance to cross the border to the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica at the square Piazzale della Transalpina.
As our hotel Albergo Alla Posta was located just in front of the terminus of the Trieste to Opicina tram, we took a side trip to Opicina. For more info about the tram line, which was opened in 1902, please read my transportation tips.
Opicina is located about 4 km north of Trieste, close to the border with Slovenia. One of its attractions is a Obelisk commemorating the inauguration of the New Road of Opicina and the visit of Emperor Franz Joseph I. of Austria. The Obelisk was erected in 1839 at the highest spot of the road. From here panoramic views of the Bay of Trieste can be enjoyed.
Further in the town the Saint Bartholomew Church (Chiesa San Bartolomeo) and a WWII Partisan memorial are well worth seeing.
One morning we took a side trip to Muggia by boat and returned back to Trieste by bus #20. For more details about these means of transport, please read my transportation tips.
Muggia is located approximately 14 km east of Trieste. It is the only Italian town on the Istria peninsula.
The historic city centre is dominated by the Saints John and Paul Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1263. Besides the cathedral also the Venetian-style city hall and the 14th century castle are well worth-seeing.
Muggia is a nice village at the border with Slovenia. It is some 24 km far from Trieste.
It has a small harbour; a maze of narrow streets (calli) and a beautiful main square with some colorful buildings and the cathedral; built in the 13th century. Muggia has also a castle, but unfortunately is privately owned and it is not open to visitors.
You can go there from Trieste by bus n. 20. You can take it outside the train station. The journey takes around 30 minutes.
The city center doesnt look alike average Italian town, in fact Trieste is very atypical. Trieste is much more alike to the town of Graz, which in the beginnings of Hapsburgs was the capital of Austria. Strong influence of the characteristic K und K architecture is very notable all over the town. Imposing and solid build palaces adorned mostly in hoch-Baroque or neo-Classical style dominating in the city center of the town.
Not far from Trieste, at Borgo Grotta Gigante, a BIG underground cave can be visited.
There are thousands of caves in the area, but this is by far the largest.
The shape of the cavity doesn't make it very easy to tour, it mostly consists of one huge single chamber whose shape is a bit like a very irregular pyramid upside down. Many steps, because it's never flat!
119 metres deep. Big enaugh to contain Rome's St Peter Basilica (without the square, that is).
The temperature is 12 C. at any time (not very warm!).
SSLMIT means "Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori" ("High School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators"). It's Italy's most famous university in its category. A lot of students (including me) study or have studied here, also from foreign countries, especially from neighbouring Slovenia and Croatia.
Many important conferences are held in the aula magna of this university and the building also hosts the Slovenian Narodni dom ("National house"), a kind of cultural institution for the Slovene community of Trieste. Two plates on the façade bear an inscription in Italian and Slovene that says, translated into English: "Built according to architect Max (Maks) Fabiani's project, centre of the cultural and economic life of the Slovene community of Trieste, after being burnt by the nationalistic intolerance on 13th July 1920, the Narodni dom comes again to life in the consciousness of a new common European home". I'm not sure you can understand this translation, since the original Italian text isn't very clear, either.
The beach of La Lanterna is unique in Europe. A local described it as 'unique in all the world', but I doubt that. It's uniqueness stems from it's practice of seperating men and women (pre-teens excepted). Located at the end of the bay near the lighthouse it costs just 80cent to enter the enclosed beach area (OK, OK, stones - no sand here). The municipality clearly see this as a service rather than a money raising venture. The structure of collonades is simple, but recently refurbished. A few showers, changing rooms and seats then some stones and a an area of bay to swim in. The two areas are divided by a thick wall, but once you get into the water the men's and women's section only have a rope between them.
It's a quaint kind of idea, and I guess some women appeciate not having their bodies judged by the average italian male - and can thus let it all flop out. I suspect many of the men at the beach also appreciate a few hours to themselves away from the nagging wife.
We went in late July, and the women's section was very busy, the men's somewhat less so. I believe that when the holiday period is over many workers come here after work to get a bit of exercise and a chat - great stuff.
The Museo d'Arte Orientale ("Museum of Oriental Art") is located in the Palazzetto Leo, a 18th-century building just outside Piazza Unità d'Italia.
The museum contains many wonderful objects, not only art works, from Eastern Asia, especially from China and Japan.
The entry fee is low, around 2 euro for young people, something more for adults, if I remember well. I recommend you'd visit this museum, even if it isn't as famous as the Revoltella.
The Marian Temple rises on Mount Grisa, 350 m above sea level.
Trieste's Archbishop had vowed to build a church to thank the Virgin for protecting the city during the 1945 German bombing. So, this temple was erected with donations from all Italian believers.
The first stone was set on 19th September 1959, when the simulacrum of the Fatima Madonna arrived in Trieste. Today, a copy of it can be seen in the sanctuary.
The construction of the sanctuary started in 1963 and ended in 1966. The church is huge and there is a two-flight staircase leading to a terrace from where people can enjoy a panorama on the Trieste gulf.
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