Location: In the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea
Trieste lies in north-eastern Italy at the mouth of the Gulf of Trieste close to the Slovenian border. It is a railroad gateway to the Balkans. The nearest international airport is Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport near Ronchi dei Legionari, 33 km north of the city centre.
Business: Shipping, trade, and commerce
The city’s economy is based on commerce, shipbuilding, and transport, whilst the port continues to be a major trade hub in the commercial shipping business, dealing mostly with oil, coffee, and container traffic to and from south and eastern parts of Europe.
Culture: At the crossroads of three different cultures
The major landmark is San Giusto Cathedral—the symbol of Trieste dedicated to Saint Justus the Martyr, a Roman Catholic saint, known for his many charities. It was built around 1300 on the remains of a 5th century Early Christian basilica, a 11th century church dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, and the Chapel of Saint Justus. Take note of the gabled façade, decorated with a large rose window made of local stone and bas-reliefs dating from the late Roman era. A statue of the Saint dated 1337 and a large clock tower stand outside the cathedral. The wooden keel-shaped roof is decorated in varied style decorations from various periods. A magnificent mosaic in the Chapel of San Giusto portrays the figure of Christ standing against a gold background, resembling Ravenna’s Byzantine mosaics.
Activities: Contemplating on cultural diversity over a cup of coffee
Coffee has played a major role in Trieste’s history and culture, and is part of the daily routine of most Triestians. They still enjoy the ritual of savouring their cup of coffee Vienna-style, engaged in earnest discussions on just about anything. And if you want more solid food for thought, local osterie and restaurants offer a variety of specialties. They are a splendid mix of German, Hungarian, and Slavic dishes blended with the Italian gastronomical tradition.