Posted by Carter | Under Vacation plans
Friday Dec 18, 2015
Undiscovered Italy: A Holiday in Trieste
You may have already heard of some of Italy’s bigger names – Rome, Venice and Florence – as some of the finest holiday destinations in Europe, but have you ever considered somewhere you haven’t heard of, in undiscovered Italy, instead?
The beautiful port city of Trieste may not be as well known as some of its bigger brothers and sisters, but it has an impressive history and an exciting culture that is just waiting to be discovered.
Intrigued? Want to know more about a holiday in Trieste? Here’s why you should make this precious Italian city your next destination:
If tasting some of Europe’s finest caffeinated beverages appeals to you, then Trieste coffee will most certainly not disappoint. Home to some of the finest coffee in Italy, and possibly even Europe, you can find deliciously brewed beans served up in the city’s Viennese-style coffeehouses, as well as several of the world’s most famous coffee companies. For authentic Italian roast check out Caffe Tommaseo, with its historic charm and tasty fancy and simple varieties of coffee. Just remember that they don’t serve cappuccino here, it’s called a “cafe latte”.
The History of Trieste
The city’s Old Town, with its Roman remains and impressive architecture, is a great way to learn more about the history of Trieste. Once an important Italian hub for politics, culture and commerce under Austrian-Hungarian control, today you can explore its old castles, Roman basilicas and cathedrals up and down the narrow paved streets of this part of the city. Expect to find some of the best views of the city from up high, including the beautiful blues of the Adriatic sea. You can even head inside Miramare Castle, a fairytale over-the-top structure that was built for Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg.
Authenticity in Italian Culture
Unlike many of Italy’s other major cities and hubs, Trieste is not full of tourists. This is largely due to the fact that it is pretty much isolated from the rest of the Italian peninsula, and is, in fact, surrounded by Slovenia. It’s Eastern European influences and history make the city very unique in its makeup, and unlike the rest of the country. The city has a number of cultural remnants in its streets and neighborhoods from Italian, Jewish, Germanic, Slavic, and Greek peoples, which makes it a melting pot of culture.
While on your holiday in Trieste, make sure you check out:
The Austrian Quarter
What makes this city so interesting is its tales of two halves. Developed by the Austrian-Hungarian dominon, the Austrian Quarter of the city looks more like Vienna than Italy. Home to Europe’s largest sea-front square, the Piazza Unita, you can find Baroque, Art Nouveau and Neoclassical styles of architecture in this part of the city.
San Guisto Cathedral
For the best views of the city and the sea, you have to climb to the castle and Cathedral of San Guisto. Entry to the Cathedral is free, but a small donation is appreciated and a small fee to the castle is obligatory. You can also explore the museum, temples and churches on the grounds, as well as the remains of a Roman gateway.
The Old Roman Theater
Open to the public, the city’s Old Roman Theater lies at the bottom of San Guisto hill and overlooks the sea. Dating back to the 1st or 2nd century AD, when the city wad greatly developed, the theater is made of stone, although some of the original statues that filled the theater are now preserved in the Town Museum.
Planning Your Exploration of Undiscovered Italy
You’ll find your holiday in undiscovered Italy to be one of truly unique flavors and cultural experiences. When you’re ready to begin planning, give us the opportunity to help make your trip more affordable; Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals and specials around with everything you need to get your vacation abroad underway. Whether you need international airfare or a cheap car rental in Trieste, browse our rates online or give us a call, toll-free, at 1-877-820-0668. The undiscovered Italy awaits!