week I shared a vintage photo postcard showing the cathedral Saint
Justus in Trieste. This week the card has a modern picture of the
Piazza Unità d’Italia also in Trieste. This card is a Giulia Schiberna
edition printed in Italy.
Trieste located in northeastern Italy
near the border with Solvenia is one of the most underrated travel
destinations in the world according to Lonely Planet. Its position is
at the crossroads between, Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures that my
friend says provides a very interesting mix of cultures and languages.
little bit about the ancient history tells us that this area has been
inhabited since the second millennium BC. The name probably comes from a
word for market. It became part of the Roman republic in 177 BC then
was granted status of a Roman colony under Julius Caesar. Sounds like a
pretty interesting place to visit to me.
Wikipedia and Google Image photosshow remains
of Roman ruins in Trieste’s Old City and several day and night pictures of various parts of the city. The Castle of San Giusto took
almost two centuries to complete and stands on the remains of previous
castles built on the same site. On one side the city is built on the
hillside and foot of a steep mountain while the other side drops down
abruptly toward the sea.
Trieste was one of the oldest parts
of the Hapsburg Monarchy. As an important seaport, at one time was the
4th largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was involved in
several conflicts at various times including World War I and World War
Piazza Unità d’Italia shown on the postcard is situated between the
more modern 19th century avenues and buildings and the old medieval city that
has many narrow crooked streets. It is a cosmopolitan city with a
diverse culture stretching from antiquity to modern times. Today the
city remains one of the richest regions in Italy and is a center for
shipping, shipbuilding and financial services.
As always, my many thanks to my friend for sending the postcard.