Trieste dominates, with its important port, the homonymous gulf.
It is a place with a rich and complex history, that officially became part of Italy only at the end of the First World War.
Nestled between the rugged nature of Carso and the sea, the charming city of Trieste treasures many historical and artistic monuments from various eras, in particular from the long Habsburg domination, as it is evident by the many neo-classical and Art Nouveau architectures.
The centre of the city is represented by the spectacular Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia (Square of the Unification of Italy), characteristic of the city of Vienna: a large rectangular space surrounded on three sides by historical buildings and on the fourth side facing the sea.
Wonderful panoramic views are offered by the Grand Canal, around which there is also the characteristic Borgo Teresiano (a district of the city whose realisation was supported at that time by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria), while on the hill of Saint Giusto there are other important monuments, including the Cathedral of Saint Giusto, decorated with mosaics, and the Castle of Saint Giusto. The "shores" are very typical: they include piers, indentations and basins and are overlooked by impressive buildings.
Cultured and always cosmopolitan, Trieste is home to numerous museums, galleries and theatres and it promotes several exhibitions and cultural initiatives of different kinds.
Thanks to its central location, it is the ideal starting point for tourist itineraries in order to explore the territory among numerous nature and art treasures, such as the picturesque Miramare Castle, an Istria white stone construction overlooking the blue sea.