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The port city of Trieste has long been an important link to other Mediterranean countries, and has been a coveted piece of land since the Celts battled the Illyrians over it. Today, the city’s neighboring Slavic influence is a strong presence, combining with its Austrian architecture to give it a far different feel from other major Italian cities. The strongest architectural influences are from the time of Austro-Hungarian rule, when the imposing seaside Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia was built. The city has the ruins of a Roman theater, and some magnificent churches. The Basilica di San Guisto, built in the 11th century, contains early Medieval ...

The port city of Trieste has long been an important link to other Mediterranean countries, and has been a coveted piece of land since the Celts battled the Illyrians over it. Today, the city’s neighboring Slavic influence is a strong presence, combining with its Austrian architecture to give it a far different feel from other major Italian cities. The strongest architectural influences are from the time of Austro-Hungarian rule, when the imposing seaside Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia was built. The city has the ruins of a Roman theater, and some magnificent churches. The Basilica di San Guisto, built in the 11th century, contains early Medieval frescoes as well as impressive mosaics. The Basilica’s melding of architectural styles is a testament to the diverse leadership the city experienced, while the Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore is entirely baroque. The collections at Museo di Storia de Arte provide a timeline of artifacts left behind by the many cultures that once occupied the city, and the Museo Civico has a wonderful display of armor. The Piazza Ponterosso is home to the daily market. Walking tours of the city are available from the visitor’s center on weekends, although this is a very crowded time to visit due to large numbers of serious shoppers driving in from Belgrade. Nearby on the Slovenian border, the Borgo Grotta Gigante is the world’s largest accessible cave, and a major tourist attraction. On the northern edge of the city, the historic Hapsburg Castello Miramare overlooks the sea.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Weekdays when it is not so crowded with shoppers. Midsummer is very hot.