Trieste is a sparkling Italian city whose entirely imitable ambience has inspired and allured a plethora of poets and painters over the centuries. A prominent travel writer once opined that, although the city doesn’t possess any spectacular monuments or iconic sights, its atmosphere is entirely irresistible. A close proximity to Slovenia and relative isolation from the rest of Italy has meant Trieste has developed a cosmopolitan culture that is most prominent in its architecture and culinary offerings. Absorb this heady ambience in a dimly lit bar or quaint café for a true taste of this beguiling and beautiful place.
Trieste’s principal plaza is a dazzling display of extensive pen space and regal Renaissance architecture. The Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia is Italy’s largest sea facing square, and is flanked by two of the city’s most impressive buildings; the filigreed facades of the Town Hall and the Palazzi creating an arresting image of imperial majesty.
The gorgeously graceful city centre principally sprawls around the impossibly photogenic Canal Grande, creating a sparkling spectacle for all who wander there. At the head of the canal is the Serbian Orthodox Chiesa di Sant Spiridone, a fine of example of ecclesiastical elegance due to the magnificent mosaics that decorate the façade.
A restaurant that perfectly reflects the enticing essence of Trieste is SaluMare, a bright and buzzing restaurant that specialises in locally caught seafood. A beautiful seafood buffet feature enormous prawns, tempting sardines and sizzling squid, and accompanying dishes are freshly prepared and include smoked ell, prawn ceviche and white polenta. (Via di Cavana, 13/A, Trieste, Italy)