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
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.)