Rome, Florence, Venice - I had visited them all before and on this trip to Italy I wanted something different. This northeastern town was said to be quaint and laid back compared to some Italy’s most famous cities so I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. Here is my trip to Trieste. I hope you find yourself inspired to explore some Italy’s lesser known destinations too.

The Old Town

As usual, I started my journey with a walk around the old town. I grabbed a gelato for breakfast, which I found myself doing often throughout my trip and headed to the historic centre. As it was closed to traffic, I found it easy to wander around the winding streets and look at the medieval homes that lined the area. I visited the Piazza Unita and photographed some of the Baroque architecture on one of Europe’s largest sea side squares. I saw the remains of the Roman Theatre which was partially built in 33 BC and saw the Arco di Riccardo which was built in about 33 AD. While in the area I also visited the Museo di Storia Naturale. Though not usually a frequenter of museums, I loved looking at the geological, botanical and mineral collections. I also made sure to pay a visit to the Canal Grande to get my fix of photogenic scenery.

Castles

My second day was dedicated to the Trieste castles. I visited the San Giusto castle and cathedral and found myself facing stunning views of the city. There was plenty to see here as the castle and grounds housed museums, temples and gardens. A little bit farther from the city was the Miramare Castle which I found to be just as interesting as the first but in a different way. This site was absolutely stunning and allowed visitors to tour the interior including the throne room, various chambers, gardens and the greenhouses.

The Lighthouse

Aside from being a focal point of the city, the lighthouse also fronts an area that is great for swimming. At Bagno Marino Lanterna, I traded a day of sightseeing for a laze on the beach and a dip in the sea. After a day in the sun I retired to a nearby cafe and ate pizza, drank wine and watched the tourists and locals go about their evenings.

Mercato Coperto

I spent an early afternoon at this market shopping for souvenirs and local food to sample. The stalls were endless and were filled with excited tourists and determined local shoppers doing their weekly grocery shopping. I found clothes, prints, books and even some interesting antiques during my shopping trip.

Grado Island

My last day was especially lovely as I took a half day boat trip over to the island of Grado. Here I visited a gorgeous winery and was allowed a tour and samples of their products.

As one of the safest places in Italy, Trieste was a pleasure to visit. Full of culture, beauty and history, this is a place that I will never forget and will always suggest for others to visit.
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