The perfect hybrid culture
The result is that Italian people have multi-ethnic origins derived by years of coexistence with dozens of different cultures: probably the most interesting things about our traditions is that we took something from each foreign populations that we met in the past. Just some examples: irish red hair in Campania and Sicily; arabic buildings and music in the south; spanish speaking people in Sardegna, French and German food in the norh, different languages in each region or town… and so on. And all this characteristics that affected us centuries ago are completely rooted in our culture now.
In Trieste this is much more enhanced: it is at few miles from the borders and it has changed many flags in the last few decades (Trieste join our nation just after the Second World War, in 1954). You can see this in many different things: architecture, dialect, daily life, traditions and, most of all, cuisine.
But this is not the end.
Trieste is really beautiful. It is located on a small strip of land between mountains and sea.
For this reason it has a really strange weather during the year: during winter is really cold, especially when the “bora” wind is blowing hard ( It can reach 200 km/h or 124,27 mph, as in 2010 ). Just think that in certain streets they have ropes along the walls for help people to walk. On the other hand, during summer, the climate is warm and pleasant and the city is full of life, with a lot of young people, festivals, bars and pubs. You can even go to the beach.
It’s pretty hard not to fall in love with a city so eclectic and charming.
Ponte Umberto I
Unità d'Italia Square
Trieste and the sea
The first thing you will see coming to Trieste is the sea. In fact, to reach the town you have to drive along a long and winding coastal road from where you can enjoy the impressive view of the city.
When you will reach the end of this long road, you will finally be in Trieste: when you will see all the boats moored to the docks, you’ll know that you just arrived in the center of the city.
There you could see the most impressive and bright place in Trieste: Unità d’Italia Square, with its Austro-Hungarian buildings which have nothing in common with the rest of Italian art cities.
You can reach this neighborhood, built on old salt flats, walking along the Canal Grande. This is another spot you can’t miss in Trieste: the canal is full of little sailboats and it ends at the foot of the beautiful Sant’Antonio Church; you can also search James Joice, walking on one of the bridge.
Then, you could continue your exploration into the alleys next to the canal; if you walk in direction of Unità d’Italia square, you could enjoy the afternoon life in Trieste taking a drink in a bar on this little pedestrian streets or doing shopping.
Trieste and the fish-based cuisine
There is so much to say, that we have to write more than one article about typical food in Trieste.
Today, we talked about the city and the sea, for this reason we’re going to tell you about fish-based cooking that you can taste in many restaurants through the entire city.
If you like light and quality food probably fish-food is the right choice. In fact, this cuisine is strictly related to the traditional Venetian cuisine, with strong taste and sometimes elaborate recipes. We suggest you to try it: the local fish is of the best quality and you can choose between a wide range of different dishes.
Here are our favorites: Pasta with scampi and squid ink; the “Brodeto”, which is a fish soup; the “Baccalà mantecato”, a mousse of salt cod; “Scampi alla busara”; and if you love onions you should try the “Sardoni in savòr”, sardines marinated with fried onions.
We’d like to suggest you two restaurants, where we really enjoy the fish. The first one, if you like traditional “trattorie”, is the “Trattoria al Pescatore”. It is a really simple restaurant, but really cozy and intimate. The staff is kind and the food is excellent. Moreover after lunch you can cross the street and relax in front of the sea or visit the castle.
The second one, instead, is for who want to try something more modern. “SaluMare” is a little restaurant, furnished as an apartment, to feel at home. It is perfect for a fast meal or an “Aperitivo” (our 6 p.m. meal, just before dinner). First you choose your food from a short menu with no more than 10 dishes (we really like the tartine with the “baccalà mantecato”), then you go directly to the counter to order. After that you can enjoy you meal at one of the high table inside, or outside.
One last thing: To match all these fish dishes, we suggest you a good local white wine like “Malvasia d’Istria”, with a low alcohol content and slightly aromatic. A very light and refreshing wine.
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