A former fish market transformed into an exhibition space
Among the most striking buildings in the Trieste harbour area, the Salone degli Incanti has a distinctive cathedral-style architecture. Designed by architect Giorgio Polli in 1913, this functional building belonged to the then Exhibition Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Ex-Pescheria Centrale in Riva Nazario Sauro 1.
The three spacious naves the structure is divided into are interspersed with glass and concrete elements that offer a sense of robustness and lightness. The pronaos was designed to house the fish market, while the bell tower, which is still visible today, housed the seawater tank, which was useful for the sales stalls.
For over ten years, the 2,000-square-metre Salone degli Incanti has hosted exhibitions and temporary cultural displays. If you are in the area, we highly recommend strolling along the city’s entirely pedestrianised waterfront, which runs from the marina to Piazza della Libertà. You will not be disappointed.