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Trieste, harmony and difference


Trieste: it is hold between the sea and the Carsic uplands that have been engraved by the rain and it is eternally hanging between the past and the future although focusing on a sparkling present. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere as well as its geographic position makes it a crossroad in the middle of Europe and it deserves to be visited slowly without missing its very famous historical cafés: they are true cultural gatherings, attended in the past by personalities such as Saba, Freud, Rilke and Svevo, where ideas are spread and intellectuals are still gathering. A few names? Il Caffè degli Specchi (The Café of Mirrors), the Caffè San Marco and the very central Caffè Tommaseo.

 Miramare Castle, around eight kilometres from the city is one of the best landmarks for the collective imagination and it is located on a cliff high above the sea; it was commissioned by the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg as a residence for himself and his wife Charlotte and was built between 1856 and 1860. The original furnishing has been kept inside in the delegation rooms as well as in the private apartments while the sea before is a protected area under the aegis of WWF. Another landmark of this town is the very famous Piazza Unità d’Italia, a large square in the seafront, the largest in Europe, around 12.300 square metres. It is surrounded by a number of impressive neo-classical, baroque and liberty buildings and among them the amazing City Hall featured by a richly decorated façade stands out. Another square to visit is Piazza Verdi, where the theatre having the same name is located: if you cross this square you’ll see another elegant architectonical site, Piazza della Borsa, embellished by the palace of Borsa Vecchia as well as the Rusconi house and the Tergesteo, born as a business centre in 1842 that has recently become one of the trendiest place for the town’s citizens.

 This is the most cosmopolitan area of the town where a number of different places of worship have been built such as the Greek-Orthodox church of San Nicolò - in a sober neo-classical style -, the neo-gothic Evangelical church, the huge Synagogue and the impressive Catholic church of S. Antonio Nuovo that overlooks the Grand Canal. Going back towards Piazza Unità d’Italia –along the seafront – you will reach the Fratelli Bandiera pier where you can see elegant buildings among which the residence of the Baron Revoltella: a richly furnished palace that hosts the Museum Revoltella, one of the most important cultural centres of the town.

Luciana Francesca Rebonato

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