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  • My Italian Language Course in Trieste

    by WindeGraaf Written Oct 9, 2013

    If you are interested in learning the Italian language in Trieste I can recommend Piccola Università Italiana. A language school situated in the city centre of Trieste.

    Piccola Università Italiana is a school for foreigners and provides language courses. I think it is a good organized school. If you plan a trip to Trieste to explore this nice and elegant city I can recommend you to go to Piccola Università Italiana and learn or fresh up your Italian!

    The school offers you lessons that suit you. It does not matter if you are a beginner or more advanced and you can study there for one week, two, or as long as you would like. They also arrange housing for you if you need it! The teachers are good and fun. I laughed a lot during the lessons. That made it more interesting and fun to learn the language.

    The institute organizes all sorts of activities, outside of the lesson timetable, like excursions, seminars, dinners, film evenings and apertivo’s. So next to the study program there are other things to do and you will get to know other students.

    Trieste has a lot to offer you. It is elegant, it is crowded (but not crowded with ten million tourists, but a city where you can walk normally and you will certainly not feel alone), it is clean and has a nice atmosphere. It is also a city that houses a lot of Italian students. That makes the atmosphere in the city young and lively.

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    Church of San Silvestro

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 20, 2012

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    The Church of San Silvestro (Basilica di San Silvestro) is said to be the oldest place of worship in Trieste. Its history dates back to the 12th century, when it was built in Roman style.

    Until the late 18th century the church was used by the Catholics, whereas nowadays it is in service for the Reformed Evangelist community.

    Directions:
    The Church of San Silvestro stands just next to the Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Both churches can be found at the foot of the San Giusto hill, just behind the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.

    Address: Church of San Silvestro, Piazzetta San Silvestro 1, 34121 Trieste

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    Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    The history of the Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore dates back to the 17th century, when it was built by the Jesuits, hence it is also known as Jesuits Church.

    It is the only Baroque style church in town and at the time of construction it was also the largest religious buildings in Trieste.

    Directions:
    The Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore stands just next to the evangelical Church of San Silvestro. Both churches can be found at the foot of the San Giusto hill, just behind the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.

    Address: Santa Maria Maggiore, Via del Collegio 6, 34121 Trieste

    Website: http://www.santuariosantamariamaggiore.it/

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    Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolo dei Greci

    by HORSCHECK Written Aug 19, 2012

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    The twin-towered Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolo dei Greci was erected between 1784 and 1787.

    At the beginning of the 19th century its façade was redesigned in neoclassic style by the local architect Matteo Pertsch, who was also responsible for many other historic buildings in Trieste.

    Directions:
    The Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolo dei Greci stands right at the front of the sea promenade, a bit north of the the main square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.

    Address: Church of San Nicolo dei Greci, Riva III Novembre 7, 34121 Trieste

    Website: http://www.comgrecotrieste.it/

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    Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    by HORSCHECK Written Aug 19, 2012

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    The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Chiesa dell’Immacolato Cuore di Maria) was completed in 1950 after designs of the Italian architect Umberto Nordio.

    It stands on the site of an even earlier chapel of the same name dating back to 1927.

    Directions:
    The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is located close to Trieste's central train station. It can be found at the street crossing of Via Ruggero Manna and Via S. Anastasio.

    Address: Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Via Ruggero Manna 6, 34134 Trieste

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    Church of San Antonio Nuovo

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    The neoclassical Church of San Antonio Nuovo can easily be recognised by its six Ionian columns and the large cupola. The roof is topped by statues of local martyrs.

    The church was built between 1828 and 1849 after designs of the Italian architect Pietro Nobile. Nowadays it is the largest Catholic church in the city.

    Directions:
    The Church of San Antonio Nuovo is situated in the Borgo Teresiano district at the northern end of the Canal Grande.

    Address: Church of San Antonio Nuovo, Piazza Sant Antonio, 34132 Trieste

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    Evangelical Lutheran Church

    by HORSCHECK Written Aug 19, 2012

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    The 32 metres long Evangelical Lutheran Church (Chiesa Evangelica Luterana) is the only Gothic church in Trieste. It was designed by the Prussian architect Zimmermann from Wroclaw. The constructions were carried out by the local architects Berlam and Scalmainini, who completed the church in 1874.

    Directions:
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church stands at the square Largo Panfili, not far from Trieste's Central Post Office (Posta Centrale).

    Address: Evangelical Lutheran Church, Largo Panfili, 34132 Trieste

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    James Joyce Statue

    by HORSCHECK Written Aug 19, 2012

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    The Irish writer James Joyce, who was born in Dublin and died in Zurich, lived from 1904 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920 in various buildings in Trieste.

    During his time in the city he worked on several of his writings, including "Dubliners", "A portrait of the artist as a young man" and also "Ulysses".

    A statue to remember his time in the city was unveiled in October 2004. It was created by the sculptor Nino Spagnoli.

    Directions:
    The James Joyce statue stands on the bridge over the Canal Grande, right in the heart of Trieste's city centre.

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    Empress Elisabeth of Austria Monument

    by HORSCHECK Written Aug 19, 2012

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    The monument of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was also known as Sissi, was errected in 1912. It was designed by the Viennese artist Franz Seifert.

    Just about 5 years later it disappeared again due to an anti-Austrian atmosphere in Trieste. It was only in 1997 that the city administration reinstalled the bronze monument again.

    Directions:
    The Empress Elisabeth of Austria Monument stands in a small park in the middle of the square Piazza Liberta, which can be found right in front of the main train station.

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    San Silvestro church

    by oriettaIT Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This is the oldest church in Trieste, it was built as a Catholic church in the XI century and was later bought by the Waldensian Evangelic community and still belong to them.
    During the centuries it has been restored and heavily modified several time, until in 1927, after having been badly damaged by a strong earthquake it was rebuilt in the original shape, in Romanesque style.
    It is a small building, the facade has a wonderful round window and on the side there is a large bells tower.
    The inside is very simple but decorated by some very old stained glasses windows.
    Behind the altar some original drawings have been discovered, they are supposed to be the sketches of the frescoes that used to decorate the walls. It is one of the very rare example of those sketches, very interesting to see.

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    Opicina Obelisco viewpoint

    by oriettaIT Written Jul 21, 2012

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    If you decide to ride the tram to Opicina, do not expect much from your destination as it is just a small village whose bigger attraction is the tram itself, but make sure that on the way up or down you get off the tram at the Opicina obelisk stop.
    The stop is recognizable because of the tall cement obelisk. It was put there in honor of the emperor Franz the First who built a road from Vienna to Trieste.
    In front of the obelisk is a terrace with a wonderful view over Trieste, the port, the bay and all the way to Muggia on the left and Monfalcone on the right. If it is a clear day it is truly amazing!
    From the terrace start a easy trail that run over high cliff over Trieste port and past the Miramare castle, it is pleasant, shady with lots of tall and big tree and with stunning view over the city.
    If you are taking the tram on a Sunday you will have four hour before your ticket is over so you can consider walking along for awhile.
    If you ask the conductor he will tell you when it is time to get off the tram.

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    Ride the historical tram to Opicina

    by oriettaIT Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This was on of the most fun experience in Trieste. This old tram tracks was build in 1902 and still run over the original tracks. The project was quite ambitious as the incline of the track is very steep, so much that at a certain point they realized they needed a extra push. So just before the tracks start to climb the hill the tram stop, and it go backwards to join another car with a extra engine. This will help pushing on the way up and breaking on the way down.
    The car allow bikes on it but they can be let out only at the last stop, at Opicina. When we rode it there were five riders coming along.
    The tram car itself is amazing, they are still using the ones made in the 1936, their inside is covered in wood paneling and the seats are wooden as well.
    To get the best view sit on the right both direction.
    The ride last about 30 minutes and you can use a normal Trieste bus tickets, 1,15 euros, the tickets last 60 minutes Monday to Saturday and 240 minutes on Sunday and Festivities.

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    Grotta Gigante - Giant cave

    by oriettaIT Written Jul 12, 2012

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    The Giant cave is lovated about 12 kilometers from Trieste center and it is reachable by car or with the bus number 42 that start in Piazza Oberdan and arrive near the cave.
    It is open all year round, from October to March 10.00am-4.00pm with one visit every hour, April to September 10.00am-4.00pm with one visit every 30 minutes.
    Admission is 11 €, there are different reductions, check their site for detailed info.
    The inside of the cave has a temperature of about 12 degree all year so wear warm clothes (during summer a sweat shirt or a fleece will do).
    After you pay your ticket you will wait your guide near the cave entrance and than proceed to descend. It is a long way down and than up, about 500 steps each way, so wear sturdy shoes.
    The cave is one of the largest and tallest of the world and it offer a wonderful view over hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites. It has been equipped with a good lighting to allow the exploration and it is kind of a wonder how they could visit it in the past centuries when they used just candles light..
    The guide I had was very informative, I went with the first tour in the morning and there were only three of us so we had time to stop and look and to ask lots of question. The guide said the first tour is always the quieter.
    The visit last about one hour.

    Along the street to reach the cave building there is a nice restaurant/cafeteria to make up for all the calories lost during the visit. It has good coffee and bakery stuff, the bathroom were very clean.

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    Blue Tram To The Top (VIEW)

    by painterdave Updated Jul 5, 2012

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    There is a great way to see all of Trieste from high up, and the best part is that it is not costly!
    The blue tram begins in the center of Trieste (Piazza Oberdan) and immediately heads up the hill to Opicina. Along the way there is an unusual boost of a small motored car which gives it enough power to reach the top. From this northern edge of the hills you can see the waterfront and most of the city below. On a clear day you can see very far, but at any rate, you should take advantage of this tram. You can use a normal bus ticket to ride this tram, and the tickets can be purchased where it starts at Piazza Oberdan. There are stops along the way, but I suggest you ride to the top, and on the way back, you should stop for a few minutes and walk along the edge for photos. This stop is at the obelisk built to celebrate a road that the Emperor built. There will be another tram in twenty minutes and this will be about the amount of time needed for photos, etc.
    The exact cost was 1.15 euros, and the ticket there is good for 240 minutes on a Sunday, 60 minutes of every other day. A bargain!

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    Walking Around The City

    by painterdave Written Jul 3, 2012

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    Trieste is a great place for people who like to walk without wearing out your feet. The center is compact and you can wander around for several hours and see quite a bit. I would suggest that you start at Piazza Unità d'Italia and head towards the canal, walk up the canal and then head back towards the Piazza, and then you walk past this and go into a small pedestrian street. There you can find some restaurants where you can both rest and take in some local cuisine.

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