You can start your visit with a nice walk in the historical centre of Trieste
. The starting point can be piazza Sant’Antonio Nuovo (Sant’Antonio nuovo square)
, in the heart of Borgo Teresiano
, the area that Maria Theresa strongly wanted for the commercial development of the city. Here you will find Canal Grande (the Grand Canal)
, a waterway used to allow boats directly into the city to deliver their goods, Ponte Rosso (the red bridge)
and the famous statue of James Joyce. Many italian and foreign intellectuals frequented the Trieste’s historical cafes!
Wandering around the old city with its narrow and medieval streets, you will see the Arch of Riccardo - a roman gate - and a large number of buildings in Austrian, Art Nouveau and Baroque style. You will walk through the Jewish ghetto, that hosted one of the biggest Jewish community in Europe.
You will have the chance to visit a variety of different churches: Catholic churches, a Greek-Orthodox church, a Serbian-Orthodox church, a Lutheran church and a Synagogue. The Synagogue of Trieste is one of the biggest in Europe and certainly is worth a visit. For sure the presence of so many different churches proves that Trieste has always been a cosmopolitan city!
Close to the ghetto you will find the Roman theatre. This small theatre built at the bottom of San Giusto hill, in the centre of the historical old town, is very well preserved and is a fine example of Roman architecture.
From the Roman theatre you will soon get to one of the most important sites of the city: piazza Unità d’Italia.
This colossal square faces the Adriatic sea and is known as Europe's largest square located next to the sea. It includes the city's municipal buildings, important palaces and an historical cafè for a coffee with a sea view.
The walk ends at Molo Audace, a fascinating promenade in front of piazza Unità d’Italia. From here you can take fantastic photos and also admire the sea, the skyline of Trieste and beautiful sunsets.