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The Borgo Teresiano

Piazza Unità d’Italia


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A Neoclassical Queen

A holiday to Italy with MSC Cruises is the perfect chance to visit the regional capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Framed by green hills and white limestone cliffs Trieste looks out over the blue Adriatic, offering an idyllic panorama from its hilltop citadel, at least when the gale-force Bora winds aren’t blasting you off the seafront. But in any weather, there’s a distinct atmosphere of grandeur with a cosmopolitan twist. 

The city’s main squares are adorned with spectacular Neoclassical buildings, and the much-photographed canal, clustered with open-air cafés, is a reminder that, just like Venice and its lagoon, this city has enjoyed a glorious seafaring past, too. The heart of modern Trieste is in the grid-like streets of the Borgo Teresiano, but no visit would be complete without a climb to the top of its hill, San Giusto, named for its patron saint and with the best views for miles around. 

At the very summit of San Giusto, overlooking the remnants of the Roman forum, is the Castello (Castle), a fifteenth-century Venetian fortress. Its small museum houses archeological finds, and an extensive weapons and armoury collection. The tiny remnant of the Città Vecchia (Old Town) lies between the castle hill and the Stazione Marittima below. The area is delightful for a stroll, and farther down Via della Cattedrale, the tiny, early Romanesque San Silvestro is worth a look as the city’s oldest extant church. 

To the north of the old centre, Trieste’s “new” town, the Borgo Teresiano, is imposingly laid out in a Neoclassical style imported from nineteenth-century Vienna, with wide boulevards and a vast piazza on the waterfront. The focus of the main grid of streets is the picturesque Piazza Sant’Antonio Nuovo, with its small yacht basin overlooked by cafés and dominated by two churches: the Neoclassical hulk of Sant’Antonio Taumaturgo and the smaller, more appealing Serbian Orthodox San Spiridione. The real heart of town, however, is the grandiose Piazza Unità d’Italia, directly below the hill of San Giusto.

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    イタリアの旅は、驚きと感動の渦。 ローマは、他に類を見ない偉大な都市。歴史に彩られた街並みの美しさはイタリア随一です。
    北東部沿岸に位置するヴェネト州の見どころは、なんといっても個性あふれるヴェネツィア。その美しさは世界的に広く知られています。 イタリア中部のトスカーナ州は、穏やかに波打つ丘稜地が広がる田園風景をはじめ、芸術の都フィレンツェやピサなど、イタリアを象徴する風景に出会えます。

    イタリア南部はカンパニア州を境に広がります。 その州都、ナポリは強烈な個性を放つ街。ここには南イタリアの精神が息づいています。 イタリアの「かかと」部分に位置するプーリア州は、あまり知られていないイタリアの秘境。特にガルガーノ半島の絶景と、多様な表情を持つ州都バーリはおすすめです。