Home to 200,000 people, Trieste is a fascinating corner of Italy. It barely is Italy—almost completely surrounded by Slovenia, it is the bridge between Western Europe and the Balkans. A strategic gateway to the Austria-Hungary Empire, its history shows while walking through the center, with Hapsburg architecture exuding more of a Central European vibe than that of the Italian boot. It has bounced between empires, including Venice and Napoleonic France.

Today Trieste is vibrant day and night and well worth a couple days when you travel to Italy or Southeastern Europe. An easy three hour rail trip from Venice and two hours by bus from Ljubljana, the city offers a little something for everyone. Sordid imperialist history at Miramare Castle, Roman ruins in the hills above downtown and fresh food on the city’s winding streets all add to Trieste’s charm. Whether you are enjoying the city’s bustle in the morning or watching the sunset off of the spectacular Piazza Unità d'Italia,Italy’s easternmost city will surprise you with how difficult it is to leave when it is time to move to your next destination.

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Waterfront by Piazza Unità d'Italia

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Town Hall, on Piazza Unità d'Italia

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Planter on a side street in Trieste

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Sunset near Miramare Castle

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Roman theater sanctioned by the Emperor Octavian

 

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.