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Before I decided to explore Trieste, I read on its history and region to which it is the capital of- Friuli Venezia Giulia. Overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, Trieste borders Slovenia and Austria and has willingly adopted characteristics of both the countries. This lively city has changed hands of ruler-ship from the Austrians to the Hungarians and finally the Italians in just over a century!

The Grand Canal

Which is why Trieste to me felt foreign and more alluring, as if it was a part of another country. Trieste looked like a city in Austria, because of its similar architecture and many (including myself now) associate it with a city being “nowhere”. 

As Jan Morris perfectly describes in her book Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere:

 “Trieste is a highly subjective sort of place, and often inspires such fancies. People who have never been there generally don’t know where it is. Visitors tend to leave it puzzled and, when they get home, remember it with a vague sense of mystery.”

Beautiful Pastel Hues         

Trieste is a city of dreams. It is charming, dignified and fashionable. The city bewitched and seduced me, I almost feel like it is a part of me and I am a part of it.

There is much to write about this beautiful port town that it seems unfair to include it all in one post.

Piazza unita d’Italia at Dusk

Stay tuned for more on Trieste and its cafe culture, literary tours, Friulano wine, seafood and coastal towns; not to forget the beautiful Miramare Castle for which it is so famous.

How to reach- Trieste is well connected by train and is only 1 hour 50 minutes by Venice and 4 hours 30 minutes by Milan. The nearest airport is just 15 minutes away. There are shuttle buses to the city from the airport.

Trieste makes a beautiful base to visit nearby countries such as Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. Is it on your list?

For more information on Trieste visit here.