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Trieste offers great walking tours to the Tourist in the city, and around its hills.

Beginning four miles from the city, with the Castle of Miramar, built around 1856 for Archduke Maxilmilian of Hapsburg, the tour give an insight of the beauties of ancient Trieste.

The garden of the castle contains a remarkable architecture of trees and plants; it was constructed after the monarch?s marriage to Charlotte of Belgium who sadly went slowly mad after the archduke?s mission to Mexico, which ended in his execution.

The Castle of San Giusto was started in 1368 but it took almost two century to be finished. It houses a museum of historical weapons and is today used to host major events.  A very beautiful view of the city can be seen from its bastions.

The Cathedral of San Giusto has been built over the remains of a Roman propylaca of the I century known as the Capitoline Temple symbol of the Capitoline Triad, Jove, Juno and Minerva whose remains can still be seen.

Part of the Roman floor mosaic is incorporated in the present flooring. In around 1050 the earlier Christian chapel was replaced by two churches, the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta and the Capella di San Giusto, forming a chaotic hotchpotch of Venetian, Byzantine and Gothic styles

The site was further expanded in the early thirteenth century in an extraordinary stroke of pragmatic architectural genius: the two adjacent buildings were bridged by a high beamed vault, forming the current cathedral nave and leaving a double aisle on each side.

The Capella di Santa Maria Assunta has Venetian-Ravennan mosaics of the Coronation of the Virgin, laid by master craftsmen from Veneto in the XII-XIII century, revealing the Byzantine roots of the style, while the Capella di San Giusto has XIII century frescoes of the life of the saint, framed between Byzantine pillars. Predominantly Romanesque, the facade includes a Gothic rose window.

Near the area of San Giusto is the Arco di Riccardo, erected in 30 B.C., forming an integral part of the city wall during the Augustine period. The road leading back down to town in via della Cattedrale, where pre-Habsburg Trieste first developed. Nowadays its main point of interest is the art and history museum, the Museo Civico di Storia dell? Arte and the Temple of Holy Trinity and Saint Spiridione, of recent construction and of Serb-Orthodox style. It has a Greek cross plan with cupolas in Byzantine tradition.

Trieste's principal museum is the Revoltella, housed in a Viennese-style palazzo bequeathed to the city by the financier Baron Pasquale Revoltella in 1869. Combined display of XIX century home furnishings and Triestine paintings. Re-designed by architect Carlo Scarpa, houses an extensive collection of modern art.

The nearby Museo Sartorio has ceramics and icons and Venetian paintings, and the Santa Chiara triptych.

The beautiful central Piazza is the Piazza dell?Unita? d?Italia, which is the largest seaside square in Europe. It contains XVIII and early XIX century buildings, house of the town hall, the prefecture, the regional council, the Duchies d'Aosta Hotel and the Caff?degli Specchi, a historic caf? From Piazza dell?Unita d?Italia, through another historical caf? the Tergesto, we head to the heart of the city shopping district, Via Mazzini, Corso Italia, Via Carducci and Via Battisti.

Not to miss the opportunity to visit the charming book and antique shops which form part of Trieste's long history.



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