The Hapsburg Empire in Italy — meet Trieste, Itlay

Panoramic view from the harbor of Trieste, Itlay

Panoramic view from the harbor of Trieste, Itlay

Trieste is a major port city on the northeastern edge of Italy, east of Venice and sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea (locally called the Gulf of Trieste) and Slovenia, immediately to its east.

Piazza dell' Unita d' Italia, Trieste, Itlay

Piazza dell’ Unita d’ Italia, Trieste, Itlay

The Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia is one of Europe’s largest seafront squares.  Many of the City’s most important landmarks are found near the Plazza.

Government building in the Piazza dell' Unita d' Italia, Trieste, Itlay

Government building in the Piazza dell’ Unita d’ Italia, Trieste, Itlay

For 500 years during the Hapsburg Empire, Trieste was the major port for the Empire and its fourth largest city (after Vienna, Budapest and Prague).  Today it remains a vibrant port and is also known as the headquarters city for Illy Coffee (founded there in 1933).  The region supplies 40% of all coffee consumed in Italy!

Gold leaf and inlaid mosaic details on overnment building in the Piazza dell' Unita d' Italia, Trieste, Itlay

Gold leaf and inlaid mosaic details on overnment building in the Piazza dell’ Unita d’ Italia, Trieste, Itlay

Notwithstanding its close location to Venice, the architecture of the city (in contrast to many of the ports on the Adriatic Sea to the south) does not show the influence of Venice, but rather the Hapsburg Empire (more of a continental European look than Italian).

Palazzo della Borsa Vecchia and Habpsburg era buildings in Trieste, Italy

Palazzo della Borsa Vecchia and Habpsburg era buildings in Trieste, Italy

Habpsburg era apartments and retail store in Trieste, Italy

Habpsburg era apartments and retail store in Trieste, Italy

Roof statues in Trieste, Italy

Roof statues in Trieste, Italy

Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and the San Antonio Taumaturgo, Trieste, Italy

Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and the San Antonio Taumaturgo, Trieste, Italy

Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and Civico Museo Teatrale "Carlo Schmidl", Trieste, Italy

Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and Civico Museo Teatrale “Carlo Schmidl”, Trieste, Italy

Area Pedonale (pedestrian street -- shopping) in Trieste, Italy

Area Pedonale (pedestrian street — shopping) in Trieste, Italy

In contrast to the Lion of Venice (see several forthcoming posts), the lion we found on an old door near the Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia while shopping in Trieste was distinctly NOT Venetian!

Carved lion's head on door, Trieste, Itlay

Carved lion’s head on door, Trieste, Itlay

5 thoughts on “The Hapsburg Empire in Italy — meet Trieste, Itlay

    • We stopped at the Illy “factory store” in the center of Trieste — some fellow residents went to the actual Illy factory for what was described as a fascinating (and tasty) tour. At Illy we had wonderful espresso and bought a lot of gianduja chocolates (hazelnut and chocolate) from Peidmonte — scrumptious!

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  1. You have captured Trieste beautifully! Trieste would have to be one of my favourite cities in Italy, I found it to be an eclectic mix of cultures and not your ‘typical’ Italian town. Great photos!

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