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Trieste (Italy) photo thread

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I present to you my hometown of Trieste, located in north-eastern Italy, on the Adriatic sea, on the border with Slovenia and just a few miles north of Croatia.


Let’s start with a view of the city and its Gulf with the seaside neighborhood of Barcola and the lighthouse Faro della Vittoria in the foreground and the rest of the city behind:

A view of the Gulf of Trieste, looking towards the coast of Istria:

Piazza Unità d’Italia is the city’s largest square, facing directly the sea :

During Roman times, this area was part of the Adriatic Sea. It was only through the centuries that it was landfilled. The square was initially much smaller and called Piazza Grande. During the middle ages it was not oriented towards the sea, and was adjacent to a small harbor (Il Mandracchio).

Some rare images of the square’s aspect before it’s expansion I found in a book (sorry for the bad quality). It definitely looked more cozy and less grand:

A map of the Piazza’s former layout and of the former dock which was subsequently landfilled:

Now to the buildings facing the square.

Trieste’s City Hall, built in 1875 in eclectic style:

Palazzo Modello, built in 1873 in eclectic style, was supposed to be a model to be imitated by other buildings on the town’s square:

Palazzo Stratti (1839) housing the Caffè degli Specchi (one of Trieste’s most famous coffeehouses) on its ground floor is on the left, and Palazzo Modello on the right:

Palazzo Pitteri in the background. The Fontana dei Quattro Continenti (Four Continents Fountain), built in 1751, is in the foreground: it has been moved to different locations of the square since I can remember. Also, a 1728 statue of Emperor Charles VI of Habsburg (Trieste was the Austrian empire’s main port until 1918) is next to the fountain.

Hotel Duchi D’Aosta:

Palazzo del Governo (1904-1905):

Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino (1880s):

A look towards the Rive, Trieste’s waterfront promenade:

The Molo Audace (Audace pier), named after the Italian navy ship that docked here after unification with Italy:

The Rive, with the former Fish-market (now used for exhibitions) in the background:

A view in the opposite direction, towards the Borgo Teresiano (translation: The Theresian Quarter):

My sorry attempt to take photos of the area at night. The harbor:

The promenade:

Piazza Unità (I dislike the rows of blue lights which make it look like an airport runway by night):

This is just the beginning, I will keep adding photographs as time passes.

There is much much more to come :)
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Thank-you, please keep them coming.

I've been to Trieste and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful a city it is.

Looking forward to to the next lots...:cheers:
Wow, I had no idea that Trieste was such a nice city! I'm really impressed! The buildings around the Piazza Unità d’Italia are very beautiful! Thanks for sharing and I'm waiting for the next pics! ;)
Looks like a very beautiful city.
Nice pics too :eek:kay:
i cant have enough of these Trieste photos
I actually like the blue lights. I was told they mark the old port basin of the city before it was landfilled.
Here is a picture I made when I was in Trieste (click to enlarge).
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La cittá é molto bella, grazie per le foto.
I actually like the blue lights. I was told they mark the old port basin of the city before it was landfilled.
I don't think so, the lights run perpendicular (not parallel) to the coastline. If you look carefully at the daytime photos of the piazza, you can notice rows of round lights on the pavement. I read the new design is attributed to frenchman Huet.
A few photos exploring the area between Piazza Unità and Piazza della Borsa (translation: stock exchange square). Capo di Piazza Gianni Bartoli, connecting Piazza Unità with Piazza della Borsa (seen on the backgroun):

Before getting to Piazza della Borsa, one comes across the Tergesteo (the city’s name in antiquity was Tergeste), built in 1842 and hosting a gallery that is strategically placed between Piazza Unità, Piazza della Borsa, and Piazza Verdi.

The Tergesteo’s entrance:

The gallery located inside:

The gallery connects Piazza della Borsa with Piazza Verdi. A view of the Tergesteo from Piazza Verdi:

Piazza Verdi is named after the Teatro Verdi, the city’s most known theater built by Matteo Pertsch and inspired on the outside by the famous La Scala in Milan:

Looking towards the Palazzo del Governo and Piazza Unità:

Looking towards Capo di Piazza Gianni Bartoli:

Back to Capo di Piazza Gianni Bartoli, looking towards Palazzo Modello and Piazza Unità:

The neo-classic Palazzo della Borsa (the former stock-exchange) in Piazza della Borsa, was built at the beginning of the 19th century and designed by Mollari with doric columns and statues representing the four continents, Volcano, and Mercury. It was the seat of the Trieste’s stock-exchange until 1928 and is now the headquarters of the chamber of commerce :

The stock-exchange moved next door to Palazzo Dreher on the corner of Corso Italia and Via Cassa di Risparmio:

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very nice! neat and good-looking northern Italian city!

* a question.. Slovenian or Croatian people live there together ?
(I hope this question to be not rude or tough..)
Good pics, very beautiful buildings, but I ask you: where are the trees?

And before Slovenia entered the EU, there was still some border control to the neighbouring town, wasn't it? I saw on Discovery Channel some years ago.

How's it now? Have both cities integrated? Is any Slovenian spoken in the city?

Trees:there are a few along the waterfront :D

Just kidding, there aren't many right in downtown, but there is a park on the top of San Giusto Hill and there are the Tommasini public gardens just east of downtown. But it's not like like Curitiba or Maringà where green parks are integrated in the middle of downtown. There are a lot of trees in the Karst surrounding the city though and that's easily accessible. I hope you realize I've only shown a small part of the city center so far.

There are still controls at the border, but that will change January 2008.

I think the city that is split you are referring to is Gorizia/Nova Gorica.

Slovenian is spokein mainly in the villages of the Karst surrounding the city, I will show pics of that area in the future.
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Very nice pics, I thought you lived in the US.
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