Trieste is always worth a visit – That’s exactly what my parents said when they asked me if I was up for a short trip to the beautiful city with its history torn between Austria, Italy and former Jugoslavia. And even though I have wandered the streets of Trieste so often I’m always happy to return. Soaking in the salty air, slurping delicious Aparol Spritz and enjoying the pacific liveliness around – that is the true secret of Trieste’s beauty.
I believe I was about 12 years old when I first visited Trieste and I still remember having my (first of many) Monroe moments there, because of unexpected gusts of wind – but I fell for the city anyway. The old Mediterranean Architecture with influence of the nearby Venice and the beautiful cafés, the breathtaking castle Miramare (which you can see in the very last picture) and the pier Molo Audace from where you have a very romantic look on the main square. All these things are why I would recommend to visit Trieste to everyone – least once in a life time.
We arrived around midday after a 3 1/2 hour drive and straight checked into the Hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace which I will tell you more about in a Hotel Review. After a little fresh up we headed for the city and most importantly for coffee. While strolling around the pedestrian zone we stumbled into a bakery which I hadn’t seen on my previous trips to Trieste and had coffee and delicious pastries there. The place is called Viezzoli and is situated in Via della Cassa di Risparmio crossing Via S. Nicoló. After this little break we walked down to the harbor and wandered about the pier. As the weather was rather windy and cold – which we didn’t expected as the weather back home was almost summery – so we only walked to its end, where we normally sit down for a while, and headed back to the city for a little shopping. Whenever we come here shopping for Italian delicacies is our main activity. There are places for it all over the city but if you are looking for good coffee for your Espresso Machine then you have to pop by at Bar Torrefazione “La Triestina” in Via di Cavana. The shop/bar isn’t much to see but my parents swear by the coffee sold there.
The next day the weather changed drastically – to the better – and sun kissed us when we left the hotel for another relaxing day in Trieste. We spent our last few hours before heading home enjoying la dolce vita to the fullest by aimless strolling the streets and having coffee somewhere followed by an Aparol Spritz at the Piazza del’Unita d’Italia including sunbathing in the front row of the café – simply enjoying the moment and watching the busy people on the square in front of us. Around midday we decided to pay a visit to my favorite place in Trieste – which is situated further outside the city. The beautiful castle Miramare.
Whenever we come to Trieste this palace is on our must-see list. I can’t help but saying that this castle is on of my favorite places in Italy and I always enjoy wandering the gardens and simply standing there by the sea, imagining how life had been here 150 years ago. And even if you aren’t a castle lover (which I obviously am) you probably still find this place breathtakingly beautiful within itself. For history freaks I recommend visiting the castle’s museum as you can explore the old rooms by Maximilian I. and his wife Charlotte of Belgium and find out more about the history of Miramare.
After visiting the castle we had to head home as Christoph and I would go on our next short trip the other day – this time to Brno, which I will tell you more about soon! I hope you enjoyed this Travel Diary and pop by when my Brno posts is up on the blog.