Trieste and its Spectacular Regatta: The Barcolana

As every year the city of Trieste (located in Friuli Venezia Giulia – Northeastern Italian region) will host the “Barcolana“. This year the spectacular regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and will take place on October 14th in the stunning gulf in front of the city.

The Barcolana is the biggest regatta in the world. In the last years, more than 2.100 boats were registered and thousands of enthusiastic sailors were attracted. Also this year, the celebrations have already started in the city, which is bursting of events to make the visitors experiencing the true spirit of this wonderful Regatta. Yes, the Barcolana must be lived at least once in your life, in the same way as its hosting city. For more info take a look at the event website (www.barcolana.it.).

It is not just a case that Trieste hosts the Barcolana. The hills surrounding the city form a natural tunnel for the east winds blowing toward the sea. The most famous of these winds is certainly the Bora. With its well above 100 km/h gusts, Bora makes all locals feel alive!

Recently, the Eataly Store opened in Trieste by the sea and dedicated the store right to the Bora wind.

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Riva Tommaso Gulli –  picture taken from Eataly Store

We warmly invite you to take a few days off to visit this beautiful Mittel-European city. Trieste is not the typical Italian city you may expect to visit. It has maintained its cultural diversity because of its complex history, and the heterogeneous ethnic groups (Venetian, Austrian and Balkans) that live here side by side.

The city of Trieste was born during the Roman Empire and prospered during the Austro-Hungarian occupation. Interesting enough, Trieste became part of Italy only in 1954. In the past Trieste was considered one of the most prosperous Mediterranean seaports as well as a capital of literature and music. James Joyce, Stendhal, Franz Kafka, and Italo Svevo, just to name a few, spent part of their life in Trieste. The city’s cafés became the place to be, where people could hang out in the friendly Triestine way, to discuss about art, literature and philosophy. One of those historical cafés is the well known Caffè degli Specchi, located in the central square, named Piazza Unità d’Italia

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Piazza Unita’ d’Italia – Caffe’ degli Specchi on the left

The magnificence of the buildings, that surround the square on three sides with the Adriatic Sea at the final side of the square, makes this the most impressive piazza a visitor have ever seen.

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Palazzo del Governo

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In every cafés you can test yourself ordering a coffee like a local, but you first have to know that there is a specific vocabulary to be used when ordering a coffee. There are  many possible options to order a coffee. So, prepare yourself on how to order a coffee in Trieste!

The Central European nature of the city is also revealed in the local cuisine and in the historical bakeries. “Buffet da Pepi” is an historical eatery and one of Trieste’s most famous dining destinations. Locals stop here for a sandwich or for a plate of zampone dusted with fresh-shaved horseradish.

When it comes to the pastry shops, there are many go-to places for tasting delicious baked goods. One of those is the “Pasticceria la Bomboniera“, an Art Nouveau-style pastry shop founded in 1836. Its speciality is the Rigojansci cake, a scrumptious chocolate cake that formed the base from which the Sacher torte was created. 

There would be more and more to tell about Trieste, however we hope that you’ve got to feel the charming atmosphere featuring this beautiful city. So, when booking your next trip, plan to spend some days in Trieste and its amazing region which both have much to offer and are definitely worth discovering!

Francesca & Marinella

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Canal Grande – Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Nuovo

 

Thanks to our friend Roberto for giving us the picture taken from the sea while sailing during the past edition of the Barcolana.

 

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