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    Trieste – a brief overview

    The preferred home of Hapsburg princes and Austria’s seaside salon for centuries, Trieste has a unique Austro-Italian character. With a charmed location on the Adriatic sea, the city has faced east since the Middle Ages and enjoyed its golden era under the influence of Hapsburg patronage between 1382 and 1918 when the city was a favourite haunt of writers and intellectuals.

    Its multicultural neighbourhoods and multilingual populace attest to the fluid character of place where Latin, Slavic, Jewish and Germanic cultures have fused and intermingled. This makes for a fascinating lesson in living history and a unique cultural and culinary experience.

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    Castello di Miramare

    Viale Miramare
    34151 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 224 143
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    This fanciful Gothic castle was the home of Archduke Maximilian of Austria. It reflects his personality and passions combining Italian rationalist style with oriental salons and bold Venetian colour schemes.

    Museo Revoltella

    Via Armando Diaz 27
    34123 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 675 4350
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1900

    Housed in an elaborate 19th-century villa overflowing with chandeliers, gilded plasterwork and silk wallpaper is Trieste’s civic museum. It mainly showcases the 19th- and 20th-century work of Triestine artists.

    Synagogue

    Via San Francesco d’Assisi 19
    34133 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 672 6736
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 1000-1100
    Sun 1000-1300

    Trieste’s synagogue was constructed in 1912 and reflects the size and significance of the city’s Jewish population prior to WWII. Tour the interior for an insight into what is still one of the most important synagogues in Italy.

    Basilica di San Giusto

    Piazza della Cattedrale 2
    34121 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 309 666
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0730-1930 (Apr-Sep)
    Sun 0800-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Mon-Sat 0730-1200 and 1530-1930 (Oct-Mar)
    Sun 0800-1300 and 1530-1800 (Oct-Mar)

    Trieste’s ancient cathedral is actually an amalgamation of two palaeo-Christian churches and comes replete with 13th-century frescos and shimmering mosaics in the apse.

    Civico Museo Sartorio

    Largo Papa Giovanni XXIII 1
    34123 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 301 479
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This museum’s collection has a domestic scale and theme harbouring all the elements of elegant 18th- and 19th-century living including tapestries, Tiepolo paintings, pianos and Meissen porcelain.

    Bagno Marino Lanterna

    Molo Fratelli Bandieri 3
    34123 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 305 922
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-1930 (Jun to mid-Sep)
    Daily 0800-1830 (mid-May to late May)
    Daily 0800-1830 (mid-Sep to late Sep)

    Behind Trieste’s disused lighthouse is this city bathing spot. Amazingly the pebble beach is still gender segregated just as it would have been in the Austro-Hungarian era.

    Castello di San Giusto

    Piazza della Cattedrale 3
    34133 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 309 362
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This Roman fort long served as the bastion of Trieste through its Roman, Hapsburg and Venetian periods. Now it houses temporary shows and offers wonderful views of the bay from its ramparts.

    Museo Joyce

    Via Madonna del Mare 13
    34124 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 359 3606
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1500-1900
    Sat 0900-1300

    Celebrating two literary titans and life-long friends, James Joyce and Italo Svevo, this museum showcases a significant collection of Svevo’s first editions, photos, letters and other memorabilia.

    Villa Opicina

    Villa Opicina
    34151 Trieste
    Italy
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    The neighbourhood of Villa Opicina was once almost entirely Slovenian speaking. Board tram 2 in Piazza Oberdan for a funicular ride up to its heady heights for lovely views.

    Risiera di San Sabba

    Via Palatucci 5
    34133 Trieste
    Italy
    Tel: +39 040 826 202
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Once the site of a rice-husking plant, this place is now a memorial to the 5,000 people who perished during WWII when the plant was converted to a concentration camp. Some cells remain and there’s a collection of moving photographs and letters.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Trieste

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    The Triestini have a lively café culture. Cafés, bars and buffet houses blur as the evening progresses, with the majority concentrated in the Old Town.

    The smart set focuses on Via San Nicolò, and in summer Viale Miramare is lined with outdoor options.

    Gran Malabar

    Piazza San Giovanni 6
    34122 Trieste
    Italy
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    The best wine bar in Trieste, offering tastings of rare regional varieties.

    Grip Wunderbar

    Via San Giusto 22
    34133 Trieste
    Italy
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    A corner bar beneath Castello San Giusto with snug booths and beer on tap.

    Antico Caffè Torinese

    Corso Italia 2
    34121 Trieste
    Italy
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    A turn-of-the-century café serving top-notch negronis beneath the chandelier.

    Teatro Verdi

    Riva 3 Novembre 1
    34121 Trieste
    Italy
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    Trieste’s much-loved opera house is as glamorous as La Fenice and well attended.

    Buffet Al Spaceto

    Via Belpoggio 3A
    34123 Trieste
    Italy
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    A friendly beer bar with a generous aperitivo buffet and local wines by the glass.

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    Restaurants in Trieste

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    As a port city located at the junction of two cultures, Trieste’s cuisine is an interesting blend of Slavic, Germanic and Italian flavours.

    Seafood is fantastic, but you can also expect Viennese pastries, German-style sausages, sauerkraut and Hungarian dumplings.

    Al Bagatto

    Via Luigi Cadorna 7
    34100 Trieste
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Refined, nouvelle Triestine cuisine in intimate surroundings.

    SaluMare

    Via di Cavanna 13A
    34124 Trieste
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Seafood small plates including salted cod, prawn ceviche and smoked eel.

    Tavernetta al Molo

    Riva Massimiliano e Carlotta
    34151 Trieste
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Exceptionally fresh seafood including pink prawns, to be savoured overlooking the marina.

    Buffet L’Approdo

    Via Carducci 34
    34129 Trieste
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    An informal beer parlour serving quality dishes such as pork shoulder, gnocchi and meatballs.

    Buffet Rudy

    Via Valdirivo 32
    34122 Trieste
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Cold cuts, boiled meats, pork joints and beer since 1897.

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    Europe Marathon Trieste

    8 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Starts in Gradisca and finishes in Trieste

    Known as Bavisela, this prestigious marathon takes place on the first Sunday in May, following a spectacular course south from the historic town of Gradisca and along the coast to Trieste. Pros and amateurs battle it out, with a half marathon and family race taking place alongside the main event.

    Trieste Antiqua

    May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Palazzo dei Congressi della Stazione Marittima

    Paintings, clocks, furniture and tapestries are just a few of the exquisite pieces on show at this impressive antiques fair, which has been drawing top dealers and collectors for over three decades. More than 50 exhibitors from across Europe display a fabulous selection of objects.

    Triskell: International Festival of Celtic Culture and Music

    24 June – 3 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Boschetto del Ferdinandeo

    Italy may seem a surprising host of a Celtic festival, but Trieste’s 10-day fest packs in rocking pipe music, cracking fiddle tunes and exquisite Celtic harp melodies. Expect plenty of boot-stomping performances from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany and beyond, plus Celtic tales, archery demos and speciality cuisine.

    Maremetraggio: International Shorts Film Festival

    1 – 9 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Piazza Verdi and Teatro Miela

    There are two competitive elements to this week-long film festival: best short film (from films which have already won awards at other festivals) and best Italian debut work. The festival screens an extraordinary range of bite-size flicks from across Europe and showcases the finest new Italian talent.

    Light and Sound shows (Luci e Suoni)

    July – August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Piazza Venezia

    Crowds pack Piazza Venezia on summer evenings to enjoy these mesmerising after-dark sound and light shows. The spectacle follows the tragic story of Maximilian of Habsburg, Archduke of Austria, and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. Shows take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening from mid-July to mid-August.

    Trieste International Tango Festival

    1 – 4 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: ASD GB Dance School, Molo IV and Il Rossetti

    One of Trieste’s newest festivals, having first wowed dance enthusiasts in 2013, this tango fiesta is sure to become a favourite. Afternoons are given over to tango classes for those looking to perfect their moves, while star dancers give sensational performances at late-night milongas.

    Barcolana

    1 – 9 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Gulf of Trieste

    What began as a local sailing race involving 51 boats in 1969 now attracts a whopping 2,000 yachts on the second Sunday of October each year and an enthusiastic crowd of around 100,000 spectators. In the run-up to the main event, there are kids’ races, kitesurfing, windsurfing and parties galore.

    Latin American Film Festival

    October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Movie fans can immerse themselves in Latino cinema during this superb festival. Around a dozen feature films from across the continent are in the running for awards, while audiences can also enjoy thought-provoking short films, documentaries and animation from the region.

    Trieste Science + Fiction

    November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Aliens, zombies, mythical creatures and inexplicable happenings are likely to be on the programme at this celebration of science fiction and fantasy films and TV. The specialist event showcases the latest flicks from this popular genre, with prizes up for grabs for the best films from emerging directors.

    Trieste Film Festival

    January 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    On the go for over a quarter of a century, this festival has a strong focus on films from Central and Eastern Europe. The competition encompasses three categories: feature films, documentaries and shorts. Fans can enjoy glitzy premieres, tributes to legendary filmmakers and a terrific programme of out-of-competition Italian movies.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Trieste

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    Given its broad 19th-century boulevards and rational grid system, the historic centre of Trieste is well supplied with hotels and bed and breakfasts, with large luxury hotels positioned seafront.

    Many of the mid- and high-end places slash their rates at weekends.

    Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace

    Riva del Mandracchio 4
    34124 Trieste
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    The great Hapsburg-era grand hotel with a prime seafront location.

    Duchi Vis à Vis

    Piazza dello Squero Vecchio 1
    34121 Trieste
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Sleek, contemporary rooms in soothing neutral tones with all mod cons.

    Hotel Victoria

    Via Alfredo Oriani 2
    34131 Trieste
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Once home to James Joyce, the Victoria sports a Turkish bath and a reading room.

    Residence San Giusto

    Via Dell Istria 7
    34137 Trieste
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Spacious mini-apartments with beamed ceilings and terracotta floors.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Trieste

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    Key Areas

    For fashion, shoes and accessories, Via Carducci, Corso Italia, Via Dante, Piazza alla Borsa and Via San Nicolò are lined with shops. For books, artisan products and antiques, the historic Cavana quarter (the old Jewish ghetto) between the Piazza Unità d’Italia and San Guisto is the place to browse.

    Markets

    For food and fresh produce, Trieste has two excellent markets, the Mercato Ponterosso along the canal in the Borgo Teresiano area and the Mercato Coperto on Via Carducci. Also, on the third Sunday of each month, there’s a large antiques and flea market near Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia.

    Shopping Centres

    As well as the two local department stores Coin and Rinascente, Trieste is served by three large shopping malls: Il Giulia on Via Giulia, Torri d’Europa on Via Svevo and Montedoro Free Time in nearby Muggia. They have over 200 shops between them and Torri d’Europa stays open late.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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