Trieste has been a vital port on the Adriatic Sea for 2,000 years. Positioned as it is on Italy’s border with Slovenia, it is a blend of Italians, Slovenians, Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Dalmatians, Germans, Istrians, and Greeks, making culture cuisine quite rich.
The dock is across the street from the main downtown area, and walking a couple of blocks brings you to Piazza Unita d’Italia. This large town square is surrounded by such buildings as the Palazzo del Governo and the Palazzo del Municipio.
Surrounding the Piazza is shopping areas, and walking just a couple of blocks begins to bring the many churches and museums. The approach to Castello di San Giusto, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, requires a steep walk, but as the symbol of Trieste, it is definitely worth the walk.
A Roman theatre dating from the first century sits amid the wealth of sights to see. We also saw several churches, including the Scalinata Delle Medaglie D’oro and across San Maria Maggiore, another one constructed of rock. Many museums can be found in Trieste — arts, archeology, shrines, natural history among them. Very near the dock is Civico Acquario Marino, the municipal marine aquarium.
Back on the ship in the evening, we were serenaded by the local marine band. Their impromptu ‘concert’ was a thank-you for docking at Trieste and brought many passengers out on the port side to watch and enjoy.
Tomorrow brings the long-awaited Venice, city of canals!