Felice Anno Nuovo! Happy New Year! 🙂
Welcome to Italophilia in 2016. Let’s start the year with a post about my favorite city- Trieste.
Italy’s caffeine capital, Trieste, has an unmistakable charm. No wonder it attracted so many writers and thinkers. One of them was the notable Irish writer James Joyce.
Joyce lived in Trieste for more than a decade from 1904 till 1915. Trieste was a city that stole his soul. Several alleys, hotels, museums and old fashioned coffee houses now dedicate themselves to Joyce and his time in the city. It is a wonderful feeling being in the centre of it.
Joyce frequented Caffe` San Marco, Il Caffe`degli Specchi, Caffe`Pirona and several others along with Teatro Verdi and the church of San Nicolo. He, along with his poet friends Umberto Saba and Italo Svevo, were part of the city’s literary drama and cult following.
I found myself standing next to Joyce’s calm and smiling statue in the Grand Canal in Trieste. Later just to get a more feel to the entire city I followed his footsteps and had coffee in Caffe` San Marco followed by a visit to Piazza Unita`d’Italia.
Having coffee with the ghosts of the literary past was memorable. I could see literature all around me and it was dreamlike. Trieste is and always will be special. Only those who have been here know how unique it is. With the mountains and the mighty Adriatic around, Trieste is an altogether different Italy. Have you been there?