Piazza Unità d'Italia, Trieste

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    Piazza Unita d'Italia

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 15, 2006

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    The Piazza Unita d'Italia is the main square of Trieste and a beautiful example of Austro-Hungarian architecture. The Piazza sits along the waterfront and offers interesting views of the Adriatic. The Piazza's other three sides are lined with buildings from the 1700s and 1800s, including the city hall, with its famous clock tower, and the Duca d'Aosta hotel, which features Harry's Bar. There are a number of outdoor cafes around the Piazza, which make for a great place to take a break and watch the world go by.

    The Piazza Unita d'Italia in Trieste
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    Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia

    by Fiuman Written Oct 6, 2006

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    Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia at the center of which stands the 18th century Quattro Continenti fountain, is the site of many concerts, festivals, shows and exhibitions. It is surrounded by cafes and streets leading to many more cafes, restaurants and shops. The most magnificent building fronting the Piazza is the Prefettura, or palace of government.

    Prefettura Quattro Continenti fountain
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    Piazza Unità d'Italia - buildings

    by Mikebond Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    Piazza Unità d'Italia ("Italian Unity square") is the main square of Trieste and one of the largest in Europe. It hosts the cultural life of the city and the most important buildings. It was opened with its present dimensions (16,000 square metres) around 1870.
    The most important monument is the Palazzo Comunale ("City Hall"), built by Giuseppe Bruni in 1875, with a beautiful clock tower where two bronze statues, that people call Michez and Jachez, mark the hours. A beautiful Italian flag waves at the top of the tower.
    Giving your back to the City Hall, you see
    - on your right: Palazzo Modello by Giuseppe Bruni (1870); Palazzo Stratti by Antonio Buttazzoni (1839), that hosts the Caffé degli Specchi ("Café of the mirrors") at the groud-floor; at the top of this palace lies a sculptural group by Luigi Zandomeneghi representing an allegory of Trieste's progress; Palazzo del Governo, the Palace of the Government, built in Neo-Renaissance style by Emil Artman in 1905, that hosts the prefect's office today;
    - on your left: Palazzo Pitteri in classic style, the only building that wasn't touched during the radical restoration of the area in the 19th century; Palazzo Vanoli, inspired to the French Renaissance, and Palazzo del Lloyd triestino, by Heinrich Ferstel from Wien (1880-84), seat of the most ancient shipping company in the paeninsula, founded in 1830.
    All of these buildings are very decorated.
    The square was renewed between 1999 and 2001 on a project by French architect Bernard Huet and now it is illuminated at night with blue lights.

    City hall and the square Palazzo del Governo Palazzo Stratti Palazzo Vanoli Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino
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    Piazza dell 'Unita d'Italia

    by rexvaughan Updated Oct 26, 2005

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    The 'thing to do' here is really just admire and relax. This is a grand and magnificent square, one of the largest around. It is similar in size to San Marco in Venice and the locals brag that it is better because it opens onto the sea. I am sure there are some sights in these magnificent buildings, but we just enjoyed the square and what I call a "most civilized glass of wine." Before coming to Trieste I had read a novel by Michael Pearce: "A Dead Man in Trieste" in which the main character is investigating the death of the British counsul. It seems this counsel was rarely in his office but conducted business and held court on this square at the Caffe degli Specchi. This name translates into the "Cafe of Mirrors and when I went in to find the toilet there were mirrors everywhere, even on the doors to the men's and ladies'. So the Cafe of Mirrors is where we went and had the wonderful "happy hour" pick me up in the photo. We just ordered wine (Terrano which is the local wine region) but were served chips, olives, cheesy crisps, quiches and toasts.

    The piazza is surrounded by magnificent baroque architecture and centered by the Fountain of the Four Continents. Go late in the day and watch the sun descend over the Adriatic. Have a glass of Terrano. Watch the people. This is probably the heart and soul of Trieste.

    A most civilized glass of wine Fountain of the Four Continents

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    Piazza Unità d'Italia - sculptures

    by Mikebond Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    As I said before, the square is full of sculptures. There are a statue of Karl VI and the Fontana dei Quattro Continenti ("Fountain of the Four Continents") built by Francesco Mazzoleni in 1751, when Cook still hadn't discovered Oceania.
    Furthermore, the buildings have many sculptures, especially Palazzo Stratti with an allegory of the progress and Palazzo del Lloyd triestino, with statues of Thetis (on the left) and Venus (on the right) respectively by Josef Pokorny and Ugo Härdtl. Originally, they were part of two fountains.

    Karl VI Fontana dei Quattro Continenti Palazzo Stratti Lloyd triestino - detail (1) Lloyd triestino - detail (2)
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    Piazza d'Unita - on the Sea!

    by Laurina Written Jul 29, 2005

    You can say that this huge piazza facing the sea is the heart of Trieste – itscommercial and political centre. I love the way the sun bounces off the white faced Habsburg buildings that were recently renovated. Go for a cup of coffee in the Caffe degli Specchi – it’s a great spot for people watching.

    Beautiful piazza

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    City hall of Trieste

    by hundwalder Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    This elegant palace was designed by architect Guiseppe Bruni, incorporating Renaissance, Baroque, and mannerist architectural elements. The palace dates to 1875. As with all five palaces now adjoining the piazza, the architectural detail and quality of craftsmanship are excellent.

    The fountain pictured in front of the palace is a great work of art called the Fountain of the Four Continents. Do not concern yourselves that our great planet actually contains seven continents.

    The banner that was temporarily hung on the palace announces the then upcoming celebration commemorating the 50 year anniversary of Trieste being returned to Italy in 1954. This great city had previously been bounced around from one country or empire to another. The jokes regarding these territorial exchanges are legendary ( who owns Trieste this week ? ). In the foreground you can see the stage that was being set up for the big oom pah pah celebration.

    Trieste city hall; centerpiece of  Piazza Unita
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    Exterior detail of Palazzo del Governo

    by hundwalder Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    This view shows the architectural details of the palace that now houses the Trieste government offices. The quality of the stone masonary work is evident. Liberal use of granite and marble was made in its construction. Gilded copper inlaid mosaics like those you see here adorn the entire outside walls of this enormous palace. The choice of ceramics and color help make the palace exterior a visual treat.

    The five palaces bordering Piazza Unita combine to form one of the best consolidated collections of architecture anywhere.

    details of Palazzo del Governo
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    Palazzo del Governo

    by hundwalder Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    Palazzo del Governo as the name implies, is the palace that houses the government offices of Trieste ( the Italianos don't believe in big government do they ? ). This exquisite palace with its neo-classical architecture by E. Hartmann was built in 1905. It is the largest palace adjoining the large and beautiful Piazza Unita. My next tip shows details of the exterior and the mosaics.

    The four palaces were all built while Trieste was the most important and busiest sea port in the vast Habsburg empire. I don't know if this palace always housed the government offices or was originally the headquarters of one of Trieste's thriving industries.

    Palazzo del Governo
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    Lloyd Triestino palace on Piazza Unita

    by hundwalder Written Apr 30, 2005

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    The Lloyd Triestino palace is another of the magnificent and enormous palaces built on Piazza Unita from the period of about 1870 - 1890. I believe that Giuseppi Bruni was the architect that designed this masterpiece. The architectural style is neo classical or neo renaissance. The roof balcony of the palace is adorned by fascinating statues of Roman gods and heroes. The statue on your far right is that of Neptune.

    Part of this palace now houses a museum, and many of the elegant rooms are often open to the public. Look at the people walking in front of the palace to give yourselves an idea of how large it is.

    Lloyd Triestino palace
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    by coceng Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Same area as above with Habsburg buildings around & a street lamp which Napolean would be proud of.
    This was taken again in the Piazza Unità d'Italia.
    I would walk back to the train station & my Slovene friend Ivan would come & fetched me. He would bring me to Slovenia & would introduced me to another world in his country & I would continue to Croatia on my own a few days later.First place in Slovenia that I arrived :
    KOPER...

    Piazza Unit�� d'Italia, Trieste...
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  • Piazza Unita d'Italia

    by grkboiler Updated Dec 2, 2004

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    Piazza Unita d'Italia is a beautiful square commemorating the unification of Trieste with Italy. It is bordered by buildings on 3 sides and the waterfront on the 4th side. With its vast space and impressive buildings surrounding it, it is one of the nicest squares in Europe. The square is the heart of Trieste and dates back to the 19th century.

    During my visit, it happened to be the 50th anniversary and the square was decorated all over with Italian flags and banners.

    Piazza Unita d'Italia

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    Shopping's Paradise

    by Arcenciel Updated Jul 1, 2004

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    All around smart Italian fashion and finest italian food , 4500 shops and boutiques in Central Trieste, and several department stores.
    Near downtown you can find 2 huge Shopping Malls:The Giulia (via Giulia) with 60 shops and bars and the Torri d'Europa (via Svevo) with over 120 stores, cinemas,bars and many restaurants.

    in the pedestrian zone
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    Piazza dell'Unita

    by iandsmith Written Mar 27, 2004

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    By the time I reached this huge piazza, I was having thoughts about what this town reminded me of. This square confirmed my thoughts. I was thinking Vienna by the sea. Palatial buildings, lots of space, baroque everywhere, good state of preservation.
    I happened to first view it at night and the thing you can't help but notice is the lights. They have blue lights sunken into the footpath in a square pattern and your eye is constantly drawn to them.
    During daylight hours however, the demand for your attention wavers from building to building, each vying for your undivided attention, none totally succeeding due to the opulence next door.
    All this is set around a splendid water feature, the Fountain of the Four Continents. I have to say though, for me, it was just too big a square, just too far from one side to the other. Smaller piazzas with a nearness to the art and people interacting constantly seem to satisfy me more but, having said that, you must see this expanse of concrete or your visit will be incomplete.

    Fountain and the ex-Lloyd Trestino building right
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    Piazza at Night

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 25, 2004

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    My favorite memory of Trieste, that doesn't have to do with Banjo and friends, was being in Piazza Unita d'Italia at night. At the waters edge of the piazza are posts with blue lights that make the piazza as beautiful as any I've been in.

    Also along the ground are little blue lights that run the length of the square, making you hope that airplanes don't mistake it for a runway!

    Trieste's Square at Night...  Bellissima

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