Trieste, the Most Underrated Destination in Italy
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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