Book flights to Trieste (TRS) with Eurowings for as little as EUR 29.99*.
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Get ready for your flight to Trieste, the important port town at the Italian and Slovenian border. Trieste is located at a natural deep-water harbor, and is therefore capable of receiving enormous container ships that are unable to fit in the ports of places like Genoa and Venice. Trieste belonged to the Habsburg Monarchy for centuries, from 1382 until 1918, and was the driving factor behind the establishment of the Austrian coffee house culture. Trieste is considered the coffee capital of Italy, with coffee consumption here supposedly being double that in the rest of the country. The city is nestled next to the Karst Plateau, whose white cliffs and green slopes form a picturesque contrast to the blue of the Adriatic Sea. Taking a walk around the city, it will quickly become clear why Trieste is sometimes called “Little Vienna by the Sea.” Upon being declared a free harbor in 1719, the city became the Austrians’ most important harbor, especially with the import of coffee beginning here. Trieste was home to people from many different countries who spoke different languages and practiced different religions in peace and harmony.
Drink your first of many coffees at Piazza Unità d’Italia, the city’s ornate main square that looks out onto the sea. One special highlight is Palazzo del Governo, which, with its golden mosaic tiles, shines bright in the evening sun. Literary types will enjoy a stop at Caffè degli Specchi in the Casa Stratti, once frequented by James Joyce, Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke. Once your energy has been replenished, make the climb up to the Castello di San Giusto, a medieval castle that towers over the hilly city. The castle was built at the former center of the Roman settlement of Tergeste. Visitors will pass an amphitheater on their way to see the ruins of a Roman basilica right next to the castle and the 14th-century Trieste Cathedral. The view from the castle is certainly worth the climb.
Just like Venice, Trieste also has a Canale Grande, located in the Borgo Teresiano district. However, it is the city’s only canal and serves the purpose of allowing ships to pull into the city. The canal ends at the Sant’Antonio Taumaturgo church, where there is also an orthodox church. Miramare Castle, from the 19th century, is idyllically located on the cliffs of the Gulf of Trieste. The opulent Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, originally called the Teatro Comunale before the famous composer’s death, is the perfect venue for an evening opera. The Internazionale dell’Operetta festival takes place here from mid-June to mid-August. And no trip to the Adriatic would be complete without a day at the beach. The hearty cuisine of Trieste, a fusion of Italian and Austrian dishes, will give you the energy you need to experience the city by night. Have a good trip in Trieste!