Nestled in the curve of the Istrian Peninsula on the northernmost shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Trieste is a city of grand palaces and fortresses. It became Roman during the 1st c. BC, but continued to use its pre-Roman name, Tegeste. From 1382 until 1918 Trieste was the most important port of the Hapsburg Monarchy. After World War I, the city became Italian territory, along with the Istrian Peninsula and the Dalmatian coast. (The peninsula and Dalmatian coast became Yugoslavian after World War II and are today Slovenian and Croatian).
The ambiance here is Italian and yet there remains the imprint of Austria, of the Hapsburg, which flavors the city, not only with kraut and apple strudel, but with one of the most enchanting grand palaces in Europe, the Miramare. Designed by Carl Junker, the palace sits angled to the coast, with spectacular views of the sea. It was built in the mid-19th century for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, brother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but he lived here only four years before going off to Mexico to become Emperor. He died there, shot by a revolutionary, and never returned to the palace.
-final photo courtesy of Luigi Perrella, licensed GFDL 1.2
– Contributed by Sharri Whiting (www.sharriwhiting.com). Sharri writes about culture, food, wine and travel, including her blog, UmbriaBella. Her app, Olive Oil IQ, is available at the Apple app store or at iTunes and includes the fascinating history of this Mediterranean staple, as well as recipes, fun and interesting facts about olive oil, and culinary travel details for visitors to Italy.