Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Mosaic of the Adriatic
Mosaic: composed of a combination of diverse elements.
Trieste is a mosaic of a city. A glittering city on the sea that has been cobbled together over hundred of years. I feel like my professor, Dr. Georgia Mavrodi, described the city best when I told her I was traveling there:
"Trieste is a very interesting and peculiar corner of this country. A piece of Italy, a piece (or many pieces) from the Austrian Empire, a piece of the neighboring Slovenia, all these pieces come together there..."
This is a spot on evaluation. Trieste truly takes elements from all of these places and makes them her own. It was not like any place I traveled to in Italy or in the East. It is a lovely city, especially when the sun is shining and you make it out to the Adriatic coast. Matt and I truly enjoyed our day trip there. It was an excellent change of pace from Tuscany and the rest of Italy.
A must to while if in Trieste is Castello di Miramare, the castle of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium (You may also know them as as the ill-fated Emperor and Empress of Mexico.) It was absolutely breathtaking. With a place like that I just don't get why you would leave to go rule Mexico but then again, I have never been to Mexico...so va bene.
If you want to see a very unique city that is unlike any place you will ever go to in Europe, then go to the shining mosaic that is Trieste.