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.
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.
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.
Trieste has many historic and traditional cafès that are, also now, social anc cultural meeting points. Is very nice and relaxing sitting at the tables sipping coffees, a glass of winedi vino, or a delicious slice of chocolate cake reading the newspaper or, as I did and many other students are going on doing it, studying with all the table full of papers and books!!
In these places many famous writers came in the past to chat speaking about politic and books, for instance James Joyce(who is said worked on his Ulysses sitting at these tables), or Saba and Svevo, italian poets.
In the XVII and XVIII centuries these places were meeting point for poets, writers,intellectual people and everyone who wanted to change their town.
CAFFE' S.MARCO, in
Via Battisti 18, Tel. +39 040 371373 (Closed on Wednesday) that is open since the the 3rd of January of 1914
Riva Tre Novembre.
Tel. +39 040 366765
It's in front of the sea and, among its clients, there are many politicians and business people.
It is in Piazza della Borsa .
At about 6-7pm it's crowded of people who stop there to sip cocktail chatting and spending time before going back home.
Outside the city there is a large multidisciplinary Synchrotron Light Laboratory, open for service to researchers in diverse basic and applied fields such as materials and life sciences, physics, chemistry and geology.
The science park is located in the Karst surroundings of Trieste, on the Campuses of Padriciano and Basovizza, for a total of 55 hectares; it lies at 10 km from the city centre, on the motorway which connects Trieste to Venice, Milan and Turin (A4 ), Udine and Austria (A23), and Slovenia
In the outskirt of Trieste there is a parallel universe that is constituded by the "osmize".
Is more common finding "osmize" in the Triestine Karsk and are the vineyard owners'private houses. In these houses they sell wine that they produce, together with other housemade products as cheese, hams,salami and sausages...
The name has slovenian roots..in the past infact you could sell wine only for 8 days (=ossan-Osmize). These places/restaurants are opened only in determined periods of the year, above all in spring (May-Yune).
It's great eating there chatting with friends with a good glass of wine and a plate of a delicious salami and cheese.
If you go there in winter, atmosphere is warm, at-home, easy...
Prestigious XIX century flat, it belonged to a banker family of Gorizia. Some rooms are decorated and furnished in a eclectic style, others with medieval style.
You can visit it all year: Tuesday,Thursday,Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-13pm
On 1st and 3rd of November 9am-1pm.
It's closed: on Monday,1st of January,25th of April, 1st of May, 15th of August, 25th of december and for Easter
Price: € 2
Imbriani Street (Via Imbriani)5, 2° fLOOR
You can get there catching buses n° 9, 10, 11, 25
San Silvestro stands on the right of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is the little church of the Reformed Protestant community following the Helvetic and Waldesian rite.
Dating back to the 11th or 12th century, it's the most ancient church of Trieste. The bell tower with double lanced windows might have been part of the ancient walls of the city.
The Helvetic community dedicated the church to Christ the Saviour. The Waldesian community joined the Helvetic at the end of the 19th century.
The church is open few hours a day, in the morning. Concerts sometimes take place on Mondays inside it.
Quite in front of "Piazza Unità", you'll see on the right a sorte of paved "peninsula".
During summer nights it's nice go for a walk there.
It's quite easy to find groups of youth playing guitars, having fun at open air.
It was named Molo Audace because it was the name of the first italian ship that docked after the war on the 3rd of November 1918.
The city hall mirrors all the main square, Piazza Unità d'Italia, and the sea beyond.
Between 1858 and 1863 a part of the seashore had been buried the square was decided to be opened on the sea with palaces along its sides and the yown hall at the beginning.
In the 1876 two bronze statues called "Mikeze and Jakeze" have been put on the clock tower The facade shows different styles beacuse of the ecletism period (is possible to see signs of french (Louvre) and germanic architecture all mixed with tipical italian and venetian style
To get there you have to catch buses N° 8(that stops in front of railway station), 9,10, 11,17
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.
This museum is dedicated to the famous writer Italo Svevo (alias Ettore Schmitz) from Trieste. Svevo is well known for his novels whose protagonists are people who feels bad in the society: "Una vita" ("A life"), "Senilità" ("As a man grows older") and "La coscienza di Zeno" ("Zeno conscience").
This is more a centre for studies than a real museum, though.
This was about as far off the beaten track as I got in Trieste and I didn't know where I'd been until later when I checked the location on the map. Sounds strange but this is what happens when you wander without a plan. Sometimes you find things you wouldn't have found otherwise and sometimes you miss out on places you would have liked to see. In this instance I seem to have managed both. From Piazza Goldoni, a small street, Via Pellico, led to an intriguing structure that I couldn't walk away from without exploring. This appeared to be a gigantic set of steps cut into a hill with a tunnel spewing out cars, trucks and buses underneath it. I walked up to have a look and though intimidated by the height, decided I'd have a go anyhow. Eventually, I wheezed my way to the top of the steps and found myself on the narrow, cobbled Via Del Monte. From here I had panoramic views of the city but to my disapointment, discovered that I was nowhere near the 'real' top. Struggling on to the next level I arrived at the lower end of the Park of Remembrance and from here the views were even better. I was so winded and exhausted at that stage that I just sat admiring the views and didn't actually realise that a short walk would have brought me to Trieste's Castle on the Hill. An opportunity missed but for someone with respiratory problems, that was quite a climb and I think I'd about reached my limit. It was only later that evening that I realised I'd actually climbed almost the whole way up the Capitoline Hill. If you have the energy for this the views are definitely worth it but it is a steep pull up.
The last photo is of a 'Memory Stone' in the Park of Remembrance. There are formal monuments of course but these small stones were emebedded in the hillside, with just the name of the soldier concerned and his dates.
At certain times of year, small towns just a stones throw from Trieste turn into an eating and drinking fest. It is basically Trieste's answer to a chili cook-off, or a Texas barbeque contest. All of the locally owned meat houses (Osmizzas) make available their sausages, meats and wine. It is definitely best enjoyed with locals, as I found out. What started as a "light lunch," turned into a 6 hour drinking, eating, singing soiree! I had so much fun here, and this night became my best memory of Trieste along with my meal at Trattoria di Londra.
From that you should be able to deduce that eating and drinking took up a large portion of my time in Trieste with Banjo, and that was the case indeed!!
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.
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