Trieste is a wonderful surprise. A city of hills and stairs, one of the few that finds itself situated between the mountains and the sea.

A combination of different cultures and artistic expressions, starting with its Roman origins. Strolling around Trieste is a bit like paging through a large-scale architecturral book.

Piazza Unità is one of the largest and most beautiful squares that face the sea in the world and is the ideal starting place to discover the different architectural styles in the city.

The real blossoming of Trieste began in 1719, when the city was declared a free port by Emperor Charles VI and it was shortly afterwards Maria Theresa of Austria decided to build a new city at the foot of the San Giusto hill on land once used as salt mines.

The ‘new city’ is the current center of the city, its architecture characterized by an impressive neo-classical style. The Viennese atmosphere is patently evident as you walk about the city.

Historically and culturally an international city, Trieste is also a fortresses town. San Giusto offers a spectacular view over the gulf. Another breathtaking view is from the Miramare Castle which was the love nest of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium.

Miramare is one of the symbols of Trieste in much the same way as the Faro della Vittoria is. In addition to lighting the harbor, it is a memorial to the sailors who died during the First World War .