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Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia is the heart of City life and was also the scene of great historical-political moments in which the City was protagonist: for example, the immense manifestation of 26th October 1954 to celebrate the annexing to Italy. Its look today, sees a structure dating back to the end of the 1800’s and which remembers the style and austere look characteristic of Viennese urbanism.

Testimony of the oldest history of Trieste are preserved in the Via del Teatro Romano: here you pass from the Baroque Church of S. Maria Maggiore to the testimony of S. Silvestro and precisely, the remains of the Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre), dating back to the 2nd Century AD (these are not the only Roman remains visible in the City: in another zone, there’s the Arco di Riccardo (Arch), a triumphal arch and barrel-vault dating back to 33 BC, and which was part of the Augustee Walls.)

From the Piazza Unità d’Italia to reach the area of the Museums – the beautiful collection of the Museo Revoltella, with paintings which come from the 19th Century to the artistic avant-garde from the beginning of the 20th Century, the Museo Sartorio dedicated to ceramics, the Museo Storico Navale (Historic Naval) – you need to cross some of the most characteristic roads and districts of the City, in which you can still find some old and traditional coffee shops. From here you can take one of the uphill roads which lead to the Colle di S. Giusto (hills) dominated by the homonymous Cathedral.

The Cathedral of S. Giusto dominates the City from above and is its historical-religious symbol, the building is the result of a union between two previous Roman Basilicas (that of S. Giusto and the Assunta): altogether of great evocativeness, sobriety and particular artistic reliefs. The interior is very particular as it’s divided into five naves which are not symmetrical one to another.

Along the area of the Port is also interesting, next to that of the spacious and characteristic seaside, as well as the line of 19th Century buildings. Along the port you can find the following two famous piers: “molo audace,” “molo dei bersaglieri” and the Fish Market.

Piazza della Borsa, situated behind the Piazza Unità d’Italia, is also one of the fulcrums of City life: it’s characterized by the Tergesteo, a building from 1842, as well as the nearby Verdi Theatre, noteworthy for its structure and quality of hosting lyrical performances.

The perspective of Via Rossini and Piazza Ponterosso are also noteworthy and characteristic, with the canal which divides them, as well as the Neo-Classical temple of S. Antonio in the background.

Around 7 km from the City, we come across the Miramare Castle (1855-60), Hapsburg residence which dominates the sea. Built for Massimiliano of Austria, it also became the main home of Amedeo of Savoia-Aosta during the 20th Century.

A visit to the Risiera di S. Sabba is instead, a totally different experience: the only Nazi extermination camp in Italy, today signifying a silent immersion into questions without answers, echoing at the presence of the horrors of an historical era (annexed to the Risiera, there’s a Resistance Museum.)

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