Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chromium-plated cars Bugatti

Chromium-plated cars Bugatti
Bugatti automobile company introduced the concept of chromium-plated car, Galibier Bugatti 16C. According 4WheelsNews journalists who attended the closed-car introductions, Galibier 16C is the name of the four-door sedan from the latest car manufacturer based in Molsheim, France, the.
As reported by JustLuxe, recently, the Galibier derived from the name of one path Dauphine Alps Mountains in the south of France. Cars that have been advertised since July that has exhaust system with eight pipes.

In contrast to the "brother", Veyron, W16 engine Galibier has located at the front. It weighed about 1900 pounds and can reach top speeds up to about 350 kilometers per hour. Still impressive indeed. But the difference, Galibier no longer needs as well as the second key Veyron, in order to achieve exceptional speeds.

As for the car body, chassis Galibier made with carbon fiber. In addition, these futuristic cars are also coated with chromium. Length is about 5.3 meters, which is nearly 80 inches longer than the Veyron. Although his first appearance is still a puzzle and could not be found in automotive exhibition Frankfurt Motor Show, Frankfurt, Germany, this car is expected to be launched starting in 2013.

MAYBACH 62 S


MAYBACH 62 S

И все-таки, не зря Mersedes не остановился перед миллионными вложениями ради реинкарнации уже канувшей в Лету марки Maybach. Ведь этот фешенебельный Maybach 62 S со своим роскошным дизайном «пера» Оливье Булэ, с мажорным хромированным бампером и изысканной бижутерией светотехники выглядит «эксклюзивно» даже на фоне реальных эксклюзивов!

62 — это количество дециметров в длине кузова, S - значит Spezial — модификацию с активизированным битурбомотором V12, развивающем 612 вместо стандартных 550. Выпуск «специальной» серии начался еще в 2005 году, когда на свет появился «короткий» Maybach 57 S. Но если в короткой версии форсированный двигатель вполне понятен – за его руль владелец порой садится и сам, то для чего он 62? Или потенциальный владелец настолько щедр, что готов доплачивать немалые деньги за мощный движок для своего водителя?

Что качается комфорта салона, то в мире нет больше легкового автомобиля, который сравнился бы с Maybach 62 по количеству свободного места для ног задних пассажиров. Так растянуться на кресле вы сможете разве что в самолетном бизнес-классе – ноги не заденут ничего кроме подставки для ступней. Подголовники при этом поистине царские. Выполненные из тончайшей кожи, они оснащены специальным бесшумным сервоприводом, регулирующим высоту и угол наклона, избавляющим вашу шею от малейшего дискомфорта.

Настоящее восхищение вызывает огромная прозрачная крыша. Вот уж действительно вселенная над головой. При желании ее можно закрыть и салон погрузится в мягкий полумрак. Отделится от внешнего мира, помогает и перегородка между водительским отсеком. Нажатием одной клавиши стекло перегородки из прозрачного становится опалово-матовым, и ни одна живая душа не способна будет помешать покою пассажира.

Hyundai Equus fortify Korean Market

Seoul - Hyundai felt the need to keep the country from the onslaught of luxury saloon manufacturing outside South Korea.
It would be very annoying if dipecundangi in his own country. Hyundai also fortify its market by presenting the most luxurious variant of a saloon exclusively for propping Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-series to move freely in South Korea. Hyundai Equus result created by the perfection of design and mechanical heart capable terrible.

"Hyundai Equus will improve the brand image of Hyundai to the highest level. We are confident with our products and sales target of 13,000 units in 2009 and 19,000 units for the next 2010 years," said Chung Mong-Koo, Chairman & CEO of South Korea's Hyundai. Hyundai Equus The launch took place at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on March 19, 2009 and was special with the presence of South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo.

Equus exterior filled with fine lines that imply the luxury of starting from the front bumper to the rear. Each curve is made with typical modern Hyundai and characterized as an upscale sedan. In the interior, leather seats, dashboard and doortrim made with high quality materials that provide comfort as First Class seat on the plane. Equus also features advanced audio system offerings Lexicon Sound System with 17 speakers. In addition, 3.5-inch screen size is placed in the middle of the dashboard will display a variety of information that will be useful to drivers.

There are two petrol engine choices of Lambda Tau 3.8 V6 and 4.6 V8. Hyundai makes the machines construction with aluminum materials to maximize energy and minimize exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. Machine technology also CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing), Variable Water System and equipped Industion transmission 6-speed automatic.

3.8 Lambda V6 engine has a power of 290 hp and 358 Nm of torque, while the Tau engine is included into the Ten Best Engines by Detroit-based Ward's 2009 record Autos 366 hp power with 439 Nm of torque. Hyundai claims to be able to carve Lambda fuel consumption as much as 9.3 km / l and Tau 8.8 km / l.
On the feet, suspension Equus uses a multi-link with a ZF-Sachs shockabsorber featuring Amplitude Selective Dampers for stability, the slip phenomenon, and unsteady. For the safety of passengers and the driver, Equus has 9 airbags.

Luxury cars fitted Microsoft Surface

Luxury cars fitted Microsoft Surface
Be proud BMW owners. This luxury car is the first official car in the world to implement a touch screen, aka the Microsoft Surface, a product navigator.

For this purpose, BMW uses a special software made Vectorform, called BMW Configurator. It works like this. BMW owner put his car keys on the Microsoft Surface, and soon the car will appear on the screen. Next, he determines to live a small model of his BMW car who want to learn on the surface of the touch screen.

He for example, could put 'boxes' in the small color touch screen and the car will instantly change. Wheels can be replaced in the same way. kompas.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

dragster

12-hour endurance race American Le Mans Series next year will receive a new participant, Acura that will compete with Audi, Porsche, Mazda and private teams. This is Acura's first endeavor as a manufacturer of auto racing program in the 20-year history of this company.



American Le Mans Series is racing cars racing high-tech prototypes followed, including manufacturers and private teams. Advanced technology and engineering, ranging from electronics, to aerodynamics and fuel efficiency the key to victory in this series. Factory that supports competing teams include Volkswagen / Audi, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Lexus, Aston Martin, Panoz and Chevrolet.




Michael Carrick and luxury cars


Michael Carrick and luxury cars
Famous English soccer player with glamor life, including a luxury car. Michael Carrick, midfielder who currently plays in the giant club Manchester United (MU) has its own story about the cars that never had.

Players paid 80,000 pounds or approximately USD 1.4 billion per week, the first time a Ford Fiesta Ghia used. At that time, he was only 17 years old and still playing for West Ham's club in the junior team. New salary is 450 pound, or about Rp 8.1 million. That happened in 1999.

"The car did not even have a CD player. I remember only that I had a tape into a CD player connected with a cable so that I have entertainment in the car," he recalls.

After two years of saturation using the Fiesta Ghia, Carrick is now the backbone of the English national team to buy a BMW 328 series marks.

"I love to Fiestanya father. It is my gratitude as he did an extraordinary thing to me," he said.

Born July 28, 1981 was then further falls in love with a German brand is. He also brought to the BMW X5 car garage.

When the new BMW X5 comes in the UK two years and is now worth £ 48,000 or sektiar USD 480 million. He was proud to have the X5 because it was in line with other English players who sepabola have the same series.

"When I was very pleased with the X5 as the car is really the first new car I ever bought for my life and I loved it," Carrick said that bringing the MU took the title European Champions League in 2008.

Not satisfied with the BMW X5, Carrick and then buy a car Dodge Viper roadster that carries 8.3-liter engine. But a love of the car is not comparable to his career. Club West Ham in 2002 degraded the English first division while at the same time he also suffered injuries.

In 2004, Carrick and then move to Totenham Hotspurs club to get back to playing in England's primary league hard with his colleagues from West Ham, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe played the same club.

With the transfer value of £ 2.7 million or approximately USD 48 billion, Carrick adds unnecessary confusion his car collection. He fell in love with the Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG.

Sport Car Renault


Sport Car Renault
London - Renault dismissed the circulation of news that the French car maker is delaying sports car project. Renault even made sure to launch a new sports model, the Alpine as soon as possible.

As reported by Autocar.co.uk, quoting a source from Renault, said that Renault Alpine ready for launch in 2011. Renault Product Development Leader Patrick Pelata explained that the price is very affordable Alpine Renault, because it uses the basic ingredients of light, and very easy to drive.

"In accordance with the concept of our company since the 1950s, a model Alpine car identical to the lightweight construction and affordable price. Our concern is to keep the characteristics of this car," said Pelata.

Alpine Renault powered four-cylinder engine equipped with Turbocharge. With this machine, then become rivals Renault Alpine heavy Mazda MX-5. This sports car scheduled to be sold in Europe at a price of 20 thousand pounds or 360 million rupiah (1 pound = 18 thousand rupiah).

Meanwhile, the platform that will be used in Alpine still has not delivered. However, some sources say that the concept of Alpine will use Nissan's Urge concept two seater that has shown to the public by Nissan in the year 2006.

Nissan Urge concept car itself is a small version of the Nissan 350Z. "The idea of the Nissan Urge very bright. I really like it," explained Patrick Pelata.

Guaranteed that Alpine Renault will be a joint project Nissan and Renault. However, Patrick Pelata suggests that this cooperation is cooperation that involves two independent companies. "We only work if there are benefits in both parties," added Patrick Pelata.

sports car


sports car
The news circulating the founder of Vector, which bounced Gerald Wiegart when Tommy came in, went back to his ambition. Concept rendering model, Vector V8 Biturbo appeared in one of the Romanian sites. Shown with Vector characteristics in modern form, complete with scissor doors is a trademark Vector. Not known technical specifications and production power bi-turbo V8. Vector is a U.S. automotive company who created the exotic car ambition to compete with cars made by Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche. Very few units ever produced. This brand is more famous for his often changed hands and names of the world who buy selibritis cars.

Lotus Sport Exige GT3

Lotus Sport Exige GT3

2006 Lotus Sport Exige GT3Lotus Press ReleaseA prototype of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 race car was unveiled at the annual FIA GT Championship presentation ceremony outside the world famous Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 2 December, 2005. The following day (2 December, 2005), the first test for the car took place at the high speed Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Southern France under FIA supervision, the first stage in the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 becoming eligible for FIA GT3 competition. This latest FIA series, which will start in 2006, is for race cars that have an equal power to weight, and that have a direct lineage to their road going versions.The Lotus Sport Exige GT3 entrant has been developed by Lotus Sport, the performance arm of Lotus Cars and is a derivative of the standard Lotus Exige coupé model. Weighing in at approximately 750 kg, it stays true to the "performance through light weight" core Lotus philosophy. The car uses a race prepared 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine with a Roots type supercharger and air to air intercooler which utilises the Lotus T4e Engine Control Unit to produce 285 hp (289 PS) at 7,800 rpm. This gives an impressive power to weight ratio of 380 hp / tonne or 2.6 kg / PS.Following a brief shakedown programme at the Lotus Test Track at Hethel, factory test driver Gavan Kershaw carried out final chassis set up work on wet tyres in the morning session at the Paul Ricard official FIA test. This was followed by an outing on slick tyres on a drying track by FIA nominated test driver Christophe Bouchut.Commenting on the encouraging test session, Chris Arnold, General Manager of Lotus Sport, explained: "We were delighted to attend the official FIA test session. Considering the car was still on the drawing board two months ago it's a fantastic achievement by the team to complete the build in such a short time. We knew this test would be a first shakedown for the car on slicks and I'm very pleased with the results. Our winter development programme starts with a wind tunnel test just before Christmas followed by further work in preparation for the next FIA test in March."The FIA has announced a five race European championship for the new GT3 class with rounds in the UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. Various national GT Championships are also considering amending their regulations to include a GT3 class.Basic prototype specificationLike the standard Exige, the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 comes complete with the award-winning light weight bonded aluminium chassis. This is complemented by low weight 5-spoke forged alloy wheels, carbon body panels, and a revised high downforce aerodynamic package incorporating a race front splitter and adjustable carbon fibre rear wing.An FIA 6-point roll cage, ignition kill switches, and uprated braking and suspension systems including Öhlins 3-way adjustable dampers also feature on the new race car. A 6-speed sequential transmission system, and full data logging system have been fitted to the single seater prototype vehicle.Availability, full specification, and price of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 will be announced in early 2006.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fulfilling Your Dreams Of Luxury With The Help Of BMW Los Angeles

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Since 1913, BMW has been revered as a vehicle of great luxury and performance. Today’s modern drivers still look to the BMW to deliver the high-end quality for which it has been known for nearly 95 years. And while the BMW may have originated in Munich, Germany, it is a vehicle much beloved in America. If you look to those American cities renowned for glamour and luxury you will inevitably find a strong population of BMW drivers. So it’s no wonder that some of the most popular dealers in the country are BMW Los Angeles dealers.

Los Angeles is a city strongly associated with prestige – from the weather to the Hollywood industry; L.A. is home and host to a multitude of high-powered business and entertainment executives; it is where the money is and where the beautiful and rich go to work, live, and vacation. But unlike its east coast counterpart of New York City where public transportation thrives, Los Angeles is a city firmly rooted in driving. So it should stand to reason that the vehicles being driven in and around Los Angeles carry quite a bit of weight. BMW Los Angeles dealers know that they must deliver a wide variety of BMW models – everything from sedans and compacts, to SUVs and motorcycles - befitting the L.A. lifestyle.

Before purchasing your BMW from a BMW Los Angeles dealer make sure you have aligned your budget with your wish list. BMW is a luxury vehicle brand and as such it comes with a luxury vehicle price tag. But not all BMWs are same; if you are willing to sacrifice some bells and whistles you can own a BMW without quite as hefty payments. Shop online to compare prices and be mindful of pre-owned vehicles and deeply discounted year-end models.

But vacationers can get in on the action as well; if you are visiting California and find a need to rend a vehicle, visit a BMW Los Angeles dealer for a luxury vehicle that will elevate your vacation from ordinary to spectacular Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michelle bery

BMW Lights

BMW Lights


For many people BMW is the symbol of the perfect car. It has the luxury to impress the connoisseur, the sporty look for every adrenaline lover and it is as safe as a car can be today. The great design and the driving experience you can get from it are an attractive factor.

BMW engineers took their time to think about every aspect of this amazing vehicle and the lights are one of their fine solutions. The simplicity is rarely the case when talking about the BMW lights. They are always innovative and modern looking. They are the very thing that comes to mind when thinking about the car of the future.

Latest technology is implemented on regular bases to keep the lights to the best quality they can be in every moment. They are durable and they will last as long as you could normally need them.

Headlights are maybe the most important lights for the driver. They ensure that the driver has the visibility he needs during the night or in dim and foggy days. The visibility should be always provided no matter of the lights you use but there are many other factors which are also important.

The technology of the headlights passed a long way. Headlight bulbs are improved to provide a better lighting with less energy cost. The glare they become for other drivers is also greatly reduced. This is one part of the technology that makes the BMW safer. Most of the headlights in BMW use the incandescent light bulb technology. Usually the halogen-type is used with separate high and low beam bulbs to insure light for short and long distances. In some cases a single light bulb is possible too. It has dual filament on each side.

The lenses of the headlights are also improved to provide a better heat resistance. No matter what the weather conditions are these lenses should endure everything for a longer period of time. New more durable materials are used to provide that and the final durability of these lenses is increased with every next solution BMW provide.

One very popular solution for BMW headlights is called Euro Altezza. Some pretty cool things about these lights are headlight covers and masks. These accessories are adding some aesthetic look to the lights. This pretty solution inspired many people to add the unique look they desire for their cars.

Every time the driver sits behind the wheel and takes control of the vehicle he has the access to all the levers and buttons that should be used while driving. Still even with all these functions present the driver can't have the absolute control over the vehicle. That's why some safety devices should be present. The auto taillights are one of these devices. They provide information about the car condition and if it will stop right in front of the driver behind it and provoke a dangerous situation.

Many car accidents happen just because of that - the driver behind can't tell if the one in front of him is stopping and bumps into him. That's why the taillights are so important and they should always be visible for the driver behind to tell him when he should decrease the velocity of his car to ensure a fine quick stop if he needs it.

BMW projector headlights are one reliable solution you could get. It will replace the standard headlights of your car. This will help you navigate in dark environment in a better way without compromising your safety. These projector headlights differ from the other one. The light here is more focused and the "scatter loss" is reduced.

The projector headlights are designed to work as a slide projector and not as reflectors. It is said that this way is superior and provide higher efficiency. This technology provides a good and accurate light dispersion. These lights also provide high and low beam and the driver will not feel a lack of anything he needs.

BMW projector lights are available everywhere and finding the one you desire will be very easy. Full specification is provided by BMW and it is available for everyone.

Now let's see a few products available on the market. The first one I will discuss is called Stealth Light Bulbs or Invisibulbs. These lights have a silver color and a pretty appearance when they are off. When turned on they radiate amber light. They are desired because of the fine style they give to the vehicle. They come with lifetime guarantee or in other words 5000 hours of work.

Xenon headlights are one very good solution too. It is normal for the xenon to warm up for 15 seconds but even in the instance you turn on these lights you will have enough light and the next seconds you will get even more. The real xenon BMW headlights will adjust themselves as you drive. They will dip the moment you brake and rise when you increase the velocity of the car. This simple thing comes to be pretty amazing when you are behind the wheel. They will adjust their position too giving you exactly the visible area you need. For example they will point up a bit when you accelerate keeping you informed of the distance further because you are rapidly reaching for it.

These automatic adjustment xenon lights will compensate everything no matter if you drive up or down the hill. It is illegal to prevent them from doing that by jamming them off because the xenon is brighter and it could become a risky component when blinding up other drivers ahead. That's why you should pay attention on what exactly you are buying when thinking about xenon headlights. Keep also in mind that their price is around $1000 for each of the xenon headlight assemblies.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tips to Buying a Car

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I need a car. I've been a pedestrian for too long. I need information. I'll hop on the web. Search for "car buying guides." Whoa! Over 15 million sites/pages! Refine my search. "Free first time car buyer guides" and narrow it down to only 4 million. That's about as refined as I can get right now. Look over the first page of my results, chose some links with names I recognize. Open some pages. Lots of interesting articles. Let's see if I can pull together a cohesive list.

What type of vehicle do I need? Notice I wrote "need" not want? I want a cool car, but this is a major investment and cool doesn't really last that long. Do I buy new or used? What kind of driving am I really going to be doing, and in what kind of conditions? How much can I reasonably spend for monthly maintenance? How much can I spend on a loan or lease payment? Should I buy from a dealer, an auction or private sale? How's my credit rating? Where should I buy insurance? Lots of questions to answer, and probably some I haven't included here.

Before you search for that cool car, decide exactly what your needs and wants are. Don't buy what you want, buy what you need. Don't get into a cash bind because you spent more than you can really afford because the "cool" factor fades fast but those monthly payments continue. Review your budget to determine how much you can really afford. That means not only the car payment, but insurance and an estimate of your monthly maintenance (gas, oil, etc.)

Check your credit so you have an idea of what type of loan you can qualify for. Decide on a firm price (payment or full-purchase), because dealers and salespeople will be doing their best to get more out of you. Be firm and stick to your dollar amount. If financing, decide on a realistic maximum payment you can make. If possible, check with your bank to see what type of loan you qualify for.

With the internet, it's now much easier to compare vehicles. Take the time to check out some websites that offer information about vehicles and compare. Don't just rush out and buy the first car you see. Remember, your vehicle is a major investment and unless you can change vehicles every year, this car will probably have to last you 4 or 5 years. Be choosy. Look at the pictures, sure, but READ the information. Check to see if the dealership offers web discounts (that is, if you buy from them they will offer some discount for using the web).

Educate yourself about vehicle pricing. Dealerships have to make a profit; otherwise they would not be in business! Simple economics. Dealers will negotiate, but YOU have to be prepared as well. The dealers and salespeople know their bottom line on any vehicle. Again, check the web for information regarding pricing. Ask family and friends to help you learn about vehicle pricing. There are many factors that most people don't even know about.

Make certain you qualify for insurance. Check out your state's department of motor vehicles website and learn the minimum insurance necessary. Check around the web and you'll find many major insurance companies with rate comparison features. Use those resources. Be very aware that your past driving record will affect your rates, but also if you are a first time buyer, be ready for slightly higher rates to begin with. After all, the insurance company is really gambling on your not making any claims against the insurance. Think about the type of driving you will be doing and review the "extras" offered by the insurance provider. Also, the type of vehicle you are looking to purchase will affect your rates as well. Older cars usually mean less safety features, so rates will be higher. Your vehicle insurance is just as important as your health insurance.

A short note here about car dealerships (and not just the new vehicle showroom guys). I personally have not had good results buying from a private seller. Way too many variables and basically no recourse if something isn't right. Dealers have certain rules and restrictions they must comply with, such as title registration time limits, the lemon law, and the "buyers remorse" (3 day changed my mind) rules. Dealerships must be licensed and follow the laws; private sellers often don't. Dealerships also can provide a wider range of options than a private seller. Go to your state motor vehicle or department of licensing website and educate yourself. What you don't know can hurt you.

Also, there is a list called the Customer Service Index (or something similar) which each car maker maintains for dealerships. The ranking indicates who a dealership satisfies customers not only in sales, but also in service. Basically, go to the manufacturer's website, search for customer service index and then navigate the website to find that manufacturer's criteria for a great dealership. Yes it takes time, but this is a major investment. Family and friends can help here as well.

Once you have decided what type of vehicle you want, and which dealerships you want to check out (always try at least 2 dealerships, don't just settle on one!), take someone with you, preferably someone knowledgeable about the vehicle you have chosen (a family member or friend you feel comfortable with). That person will probably ask some questions you didn't think of! I'm a wimp when it comes to negotiating, but my hubby isn't, and he knows about cars. I let him do most of the questioning, even though I was the one purchasing the car. Believe me, it helped, because he asked questions I really never thought about.

Last, but certainly not least, TEST DRIVE THE CAR! Sounds simple, but it is very important. Just because you found what looks like the car of your dreams, it may still not be right. You need to be comfortable behind the wheel, your sight lines should be clear, you should be able to judge your surroundings based on the size of the vehicle, and you should be able to find all those little areas of vehicle maintenance you can do yourself.

Remember, a vehicle is a major investment. It should be chosen with care and deliberate thought. There a many factors to consider and, ultimately, you are the one that has to pay for any mistakes in your choice.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

from the outside ferari

from the outside ferari

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ferari Style and the Bubble Style Network Cable Boots

First, we are spelling Ferari correct. We do not want to cause problems with the car manufacturer of a similar name. We respect their product and wish to not cause conflict with them.

The Ferari style boot is a little more slim and easier to gain access to the clip making it easier for removing the RJ45 end from the network connection whether is a tight spot on a computer or on a high density network switch. This is an easier boot (molded cable) to use when connecting to a switch or computer. The conventional boot has extra plastic around the connector and causes the cables to get too cramped when lots of cables are connected next to each other on a switch. This is why the Ferari boot is easier when connecting to a network card on a server, workstation, or any network device.

The Bubble style boot is the most common boot available for molded Ethernet cables. Bubble style boots are a little more slim than the conventional boot. The bubble part is smaller that other boots making it easier to access the clip on the RJ45 end.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference when choosing between the Ferari and Bubble style boots. Have you ever had a hard time trying to take a Ethernet cable with a boot out of a network card? They are easy to plug in, but taking them out is a pain. Usually you had to try and pry the boot down to get the cable out or use a screwdriver to push the boot down enough to unclip the connector. Both Bubble boot and Ferari boot are good choices compared to the conventional boot.


Guide to Trieste, North East Italy

Guide to Trieste, North East Italy
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Trieste is an Adriatic coastal city in northeastern Italy, close
to the border with Slovenia. The sea in the Gulf of Trieste is
very clear and clean, with limestone cliffs and rocky
beaches. The centre of the city has a mid-European feel,
more Austrian than Italian, Trieste was the seaport of the
Hapsburg Empire.

Unique Points

You can enjoy a combination of a sea/beach holiday and the
attractions of a cultural city.

It is an ideal destination for a short break but you could
easily spend a week here too. The Verdi Theatre hosts an
opera season in the winter and an operetta festival in
summer. You can swim in the beautiful clear sea, stroll the
promenade, and walk along the cliff paths. Take in the
wonderful art collection at the Revoltella Museum. You can
sip coffee on Piazza Unita Italia with its grand 19th century
buildings, which face onto the sea.

Getting there

Ryanair flies into Trieste from London Standsted. The
airport is 35 kms west of Trieste but there is regular public
transport on Coach 51 into Trieste.

Getting around

If you do decide to hire a car, it is worth checking that you
can take it into Slovenia and Croatia if you are considering
day trips there.

Trieste has a good public transport network.

te by Bus"There is a "Tries city tour in 13 stops. This is
available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from the end of
June to mid October. The two and a half hour trip allows
you to see the city's main attractions. The cost is around
five euros per person.

You can take the Opicani tram up to the Carso plateau, 348
metres above sea level. This funicular tramway was built in
1902. The tram leaves from Piazza Oberdan in the city
centre up Scorolo hill to the plateau above.

History

According to folklore Trieste was founded by Tergeste, a
friend of Jason and the Argonauts. Ancient Tergeste as a
Roman colony is dated to around 178 BC. It became more
important during the reign of Octavian when roads were
improved.

The city has had many rulers during its history: Goths,
Byzantines, and Lombards. In the 13th century Trieste was
forced to swear allegiance to Venice. To escape Venetian
domination, Trieste sought the protection of Duke Leopold
of Austria. Trieste was of great importance to the Hapsburg
Empire as a seaport and was made a Freeport in 1719.
Without customs barriers the port and city flourished.

At the end of the First World War with collapse of the
Hapsburg Empire, Trieste was returned to Italy in 1918.
Trieste was taken over by the Third Riech when Italy
withdrew from the Second World Ward in September 1943.
Two years later there was a 40-day Occupation by Tito's
Yugoslav forces. After 9 years under an Anglo-American
government Trieste was handed over to the Italian
government.

Trieste's history may help explain why 70% of Italians
apparently did not know that Trieste was part of Italy in a
recent opinion poll!
With EU enlargement Trieste is ideally placed as the only
natural port in the centre of Europe. Trieste is one of three
finalists to host the international Expo of Science,
Technology and Culture in 2008. If its bid is successful
there will be more investment in the area and Trieste will
become better known on the world map.

Literary Connections

The Irish author James Joyce lived in Trieste during the
early part of the 20th century. When he first arrived he
worked as a tutor at the Berlitz School of English. He went
on to write "The Dubliners", "The Portrait of an Artist as a
Young Man" and start "Ulysses" in Trieste. The rich mix of
central European and Eastern Mediterranean culture in
Trieste is said to have had a great influence on his writing.

Joyce was English tutor to Itali Svevo, the Italian novelist.
Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861, his Mother was part of a
Triestian Jewish family, and his Father was of German
descent. Joyce encouraged and praised Svevo's work and
Svevo wrote critiques of Joyce's work.

Svevo's book, "The Confessions of Zeno", was virtually
ignored in Italy. However Joyce recommended the book to
publishers in France, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
The book is an autobiography of Zeno, written for Zeno's
psychoanalyst, to help get to the bottom of his smoking
addiction.

Svevo is credited by Welleck as "an Italian novelist with
permanent appeal as a psychoanalytical psychologist and
as a portrayer of the inhabitants of Austrian and later Italian
Trieste and their often uncertain national allegiance."

Jan Morris wrote the book, "Trieste and the Meaning of
Nowhere". Morris claims this is her final book, a self-
examination based in Trieste. Morris changed gender.
Jan Morris first visited Trieste at the end of the Second
World War as young Welsh soldier. She describes how the
city "curiously haunted her" . She revisited the city as an
elderly woman.

Morris describes Trieste as "natural capital of the nation of
nowhere". By this she means a home for the so-called
"Fourth World" . This is a scattered group with the common
values of humour and understanding, usually exiles in their
own communities but probably numerous enough to form
their own nation.

I laughed at Clay Risen's comment in his piece about
Trieste in the Square Table in Spring 2003. He observed
that "Trieste is the only city in Eruope which appears more
often in reflective essays than in guide books of newspaper
travel sections."

Exploring the city

The best way to explore the city is to walk around.

The Piazza dell' Unita d'Italia is the heart of the city. The
square was created towards the end of the 19th century. It
houses the City Hall, with its clock tower featuring statues of
Mikeze and Lakeze, figures from Trieste folklore;
Government House, with its gilded mosaic wall
decorations; and the former Head Office of Lloyd Triestino,
built in Renaissance style by an Austrian architect.

The Victory Lighthouse lights the Gulf of Trieste and
commemorates the dead of the First World War. It stands
almost 70 metres high with a scaled dome containing a
statue of winged Victory. At the base of the column is the
anchor of the torpedo boat Audace, the first Italian ship to
enter the harbour in 1918. The lighthouse took 4 years to
complete and was officially opened in 1927.

The Old Stock Exchange is a fine example of neo-classical
architecture, resembling a Greek temple. The Old Stock
Exchange stands by the so called Grand Canal. However
this is rather an misnomer as the canal is very short. There
is a statue of Joyce by one of the bridges.

The Arco di Riccard is a Roman gate to the city thought to
date from 33 AD. It is in Piazzetta di Ricordo in the old city.
You can see the Roman amphitheatre at the foot of San
Guisto hill.

The Verdi Opera Theatre opened in 1801. It is of a similar
style to La Scala in Milan.

Museums

There are many museums in Trieste, most of which are
closed on Mondays.

Probably the best is The Revoltella Museum, which was
founded in 1872 when Baron Revoletta left his home and art
collection to the city of Trieste. He also set up an
endowment, which enabled a larger collection to be
acquired. The Art Gallery has now spread over three
buildings in order to house the ever-expanding collection by
many Italian and other artists.

Other museums include:

The Regional Centre for the Study of Ancient and Modern

Military History

The Civic Museum

The Museum of Oriental Art

Piccolo Pharmacy Museum

The Railway Museum

Café society

As Trieste is a port it was one of the first European cities to
take to coffee in a big way. The first coffee houses in Trieste
opened at the beginning of the 18th century. These cafés
become very popular with artists and intellectuals. Several
of the original cafes are going strong, the Tommeseo and
the Cafee degli Specchi.

Triestines are very particular about their coffee. If you order
a cappuccino the Trieste version will be a black coffee with
a little milk. You would need to order an Italian cappuccino.
Mixing spirits with coffee is a no-no, viewed as a beverage
favoured by foreign lorry drivers!

Cultural and Sporting Events

The Barcolana is held on the second Sunday of October.
This is a sailing competition which has run for 30 years and
has almost 2000 vessels competing. There are other
events during the week such as the Saturday nighttime
regatta. The winner is the boat, which can achieve the
highest number of laps around the San Guisto basin. The
Music Festival takes place for three evenings at the Piazza
d'Italie. There is a line up of Italian and international talent
and it's free.

From October to May the concert and opera season unfolds
in the historic neo-Classical Teatro Comunale Giuseppe
Verdi (opened in 1801 and designed by Matteo Petch,
architect of Milan's La Scala) and the modern Sala
Tripcovich. The festival of Light Opera is held in July and
August at the Verdi. Figures of international renown
congregate in Trieste for performances of such works as
Fritz Kreisler's "Sissi", "The Land of Smiles" and Franz
Lear's "Judith".

Castello Miramare

This castle was built for Archduke Maximilian as a
residence by the sea. Maxilmilian and his wife, Charlotte of
Belgium, came to live here in 1860. However their stay only
lasted for 4 years as Maximilian was despatched to Mexico,
where he been offered the throne in an attempt to end the
Civil War there. Rebel forces killed Maximilian. Charlotte
lived at the Castello alone briefly and then returned to her
native Belgium. You can visit the castle and gardens.

In July and August the tragic love story is brought to life in a
"Sons et Lumieres". The voice of the Castle caretaker
recounts the love story of Maximilian and Charlotte.
Performances in English and German can be requested on
Saturdays by phoning +39 40 414177

Castello di Duino

This old castle dates from the 11th century, the only
recognisable remains are the tower and an arch. The new
castle was completed in the 15th century.
Legend tells that in medieval times a young princess fell in
love with a local boy. Her Father locked her away in a tower
and had her lover killed in the courtyard below and the
corpse thrown in the sea. In despair the Princess leapt
from the tower, her screams turned her to stone as she
hurtled down. Near the shore is a rock that looks like a
woman's body. Some say that "Dama Biance" still haunts
the area searching for her lost love.

Duino Castle has only recently opened its doors to the
public. Prince Carlo Allessandro and his family still live in
the castle. The castle has accommodated many famous
guests: Dante, Listz and Struass.

The coastal path, the Rilke Promenade from Duino to
Sistians is named after the German poet, a guest at the
castle from 1911 - 1912.

The Grotta Gigante, the Giant Cave

This cave is the largest accessible cave in the world. It is
estimated that you could fit St Peters Cathedral inside. The
cave was first explored in 1840 by Lidner. In 1904, a four-
year project started to turn the cave into a tourist attraction. It
took 4000 candles to light the cave, electricity was only
installed in 1957.
There are hourly guided visits. You can find out about
opening hours by phoning 040 327312.

Swimming

The beach at Sistinna Spiaggia is said to be one of the best
in Italy. It can be reached by the no. 51 and 21 buses from
Trieste. Grignano is closer to Trieste and is reached by the
no. 36 bus.

Where to eat

Harry's Grill in the Hotel Gran Duchi is one of Trieste's most
exclusive restaurants. I have eaten at this restaurant. I was
even served with a pre-starter, a delicious titbit of stuffed
aubergine, and a pre-dessert, a lovely strawberry mousse.
The accompanying bread and bread sticks has been freshly
baked. My (proper) starter was stuffed pasta, the main
course was sea bass, topped off with white chocolate
mousse rippled with passionfruit sauce. It is entirely
possible to have a lighter meal, if you can resist the
temptation. In Summer you can sit out on the
pedestrianised square. Main courses cost from 16 - 26
euros. Piazza dll"Unita d"Italia 2, tel: 040 660606

Al Bragozzo is the best-known restaurant at the port, which
specialises in seafood. The simply yet creatively prepared
meals pay homage to the sea and its heritage by combining
the elements of Italian cuisine and the riches of the
Mediterranean. Specialties include spaghetti alla Giorgio
(with tomatoes and herbs), ravioli stuffed with herbs,
monkfish braised with artichokes (and cooked with white
wine), and spaghetti with lobster. There are also many
preparations of salmon and shrimp. You can eat at the
outdoor tables, weather permitting, if you visit in the
summer. Main courses cost from 10 - 25 euros. Riva
Nazario Sauro 22. tel: 040 303001.

There are many buffets in Trieste. These are restaurants
which specialise in pork, often in various stews, sausages
and soups. Two of the best known are:
Re di cappe, Via Geppa 11, tel 040 370330
Da Giovanni, Via S Lazzaro 14, tel 040 639396

Day trips

Exploring the Carse

The Triestine cares starts at Montefalcone in the north and
stretches down adjacent to the Slovenian border. The area
is known as a paradise for botanists with a mixture of
continental flora and Mediterranean vegetation. There is talk
of the area achieving national park status.

The Carsic house in Rupingrande has a collection of
traditional furniture and local costumes.

During the first week in May the works of local painters are
exhibited during the Majence Festival, in San Dorligo delle
Valle.

The best known event is the Carsic Wedding, every second
year on the last Sunday of August in Monrupino. There are
dances every night of the preceeding week. On the wedding
day the bridal procession, all dressed in traditional
costume, walk to the fortress church for the marriage
ceremony.

Grado and Aquiliea

Aquiliea was founded in the first century BC. It occupies a
strategic defence location. It became a Patriarchs's seat
andmany beautiful churches were built. The Bascilica is
considered to be one of the most important monuments of
early Christianity. There are two museums to visit there.

Grado was the extreme southern part of the port of Aquileia.
Now it a beautiful island city joined to the mainland by a
causeway. It boasts 20 kms of fine sandy beaches. Grado
was very popular as a spa during the days of the Austrio
Hungarian Empire with its healing sands.
Grado can be reached by the no 21 bus from Trieste. There
is also a boat service during the Summer.

Muggia

Muggia is a pretty coastal town just south of Trieste, which
can be reached by ferry from Trieste during the summer.
The town is of Venetian origin, surrounded by medieval
walls with a 14th century castle and a pretty port.

Slovenia

The Slovenian border is just a few kilometres from Trieste.
The Lipica Stud and Riding School is under a half hour drive
from Trieste. It was originally founded in 1580 by Archduke
Charles for breeding royal horses for the Austrian court.
Now you can tour the stud farm (6 Euros) or have a riding
lesson, starting at 16 euros.

Croatia

Croatia can be easily reached through by passing through
the narrow strip of coastal Slovenia.

Wine Country

Every Sunday during April, May and June you can visit
specific wineries in the area to try their products.

There are various wine itineraries you can follow.

Venice

Venice can be reached by direct train from Trieste. The
journey takes around two hours. The train takes you right
into the centre of Venice.

Trieste is an Adriatic coastal city in northeastern Italy, close
to the border with Slovenia. The sea in the Gulf of Trieste is
very clear and clean, with limestone cliffs and rocky
beaches. The centre of the city has a mid-European feel,
more Austrian than Italian, Trieste was the seaport of the
Hapsburg Empire.

Unique Points

You can enjoy a combination of a sea/beach holiday and the
attractions of a cultural city.

It is an ideal destination for a short break but you could
easily spend a week here too. The Verdi Theatre hosts an
opera season in the winter and an operetta festival in
summer. You can swim in the beautiful clear sea, stroll the
promenade, and walk along the cliff paths. Take in the
wonderful art collection at the Revoltella Museum. You can
sip coffee on Piazza Unita Italia with its grand 19th century
buildings, which face onto the sea.

Getting there

Ryanair flies into Trieste from London Standsted. The
airport is 35 kms west of Trieste but there is regular public
transport on Coach 51 into Trieste.

Getting around

If you do decide to hire a car, it is worth checking that you
can take it into Slovenia and Croatia if you are considering
day trips there.

Trieste has a good public transport network.

There is a "Trieste by Bus" city tour in 13 stops. This is
available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from the end of
June to mid October. The two and a half hour trip allows
you to see the city's main attractions. The cost is around
five euros per person.

You can take the Opicani tram up to the Carso plateau, 348
metres above sea level. This funicular tramway was built in
1902. The tram leaves from Piazza Oberdan in the city
centre up Scorolo hill to the plateau above.

History

According to folklore Trieste was founded by Tergeste, a
friend of Jason and the Argonauts. Ancient Tergeste as a
Roman colony is dated to around 178 BC. It became more
important during the reign of Octavian when roads were
improved.

The city has had many rulers during its history: Goths,
Byzantines, and Lombards. In the 13th century Trieste was
forced to swear allegiance to Venice. To escape Venetian
domination, Trieste sought the protection of Duke Leopold
of Austria. Trieste was of great importance to the Hapsburg
Empire as a seaport and was made a Freeport in 1719.
Without customs barriers the port and city flourished.

At the end of the First World War with collapse of the
Hapsburg Empire, Trieste was returned to Italy in 1918.
Trieste was taken over by the Third Riech when Italy
withdrew from the Second World Ward in September 1943.
Two years later there was a 40-day Occupation by Tito's
Yugoslav forces. After 9 years under an Anglo-American
government Trieste was handed over to the Italian
government.

Trieste's history may help explain why 70% of Italians
apparently did not know that Trieste was part of Italy in a
recent opinion poll!
With EU enlargement Trieste is ideally placed as the only
natural port in the centre of Europe. Trieste is one of three
finalists to host the international Expo of Science,
Technology and Culture in 2008. If its bid is successful
there will be more investment in the area and Trieste will
become better known on the world map.

Literary Connections

The Irish author James Joyce lived in Trieste during the
early part of the 20th century. When he first arrived he
worked as a tutor at the Berlitz School of English. He went
on to write "The Dubliners", "The Portrait of an Artist as a
Young Man" and start "Ulysses" in Trieste. The rich mix of
central European and Eastern Mediterranean culture in
Trieste is said to have had a great influence on his writing.

Joyce was English tutor to Itali Svevo, the Italian novelist.
Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861, his Mother was part of a
Triestian Jewish family, and his Father was of German
descent. Joyce encouraged and praised Svevo's work and
Svevo wrote critiques of Joyce's work.

Svevo's book, "The Confessions of Zeno", was virtually
ignored in Italy. However Joyce recommended the book to
publishers in France, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
The book is an autobiography of Zeno, written for Zeno's
psychoanalyst, to help get to the bottom of his smoking
addiction.

Svevo is credited by Welleck as "an Italian novelist with
permanent appeal as a psychoanalytical psychologist and
as a portrayer of the inhabitants of Austrian and later Italian
Trieste and their often uncertain national allegiance."

Jan Morris wrote the book, "Trieste and the Meaning of
Nowhere". Morris claims this is her final book, a self-
examination based in Trieste. Morris changed gender.
Jan Morris first visited Trieste at the end of the Second
World War as young Welsh soldier. She describes how the
city "curiously haunted her" . She revisited the city as an
elderly woman.

Morris describes Trieste as "natural capital of the nation of
nowhere". By this she means a home for the so-called
"Fourth World" . This is a scattered group with the common
values of humour and understanding, usually exiles in their
own communities but probably numerous enough to form
their own nation.

I laughed at Clay Risen's comment in his piece about
Trieste in the Square Table in Spring 2003. He observed
that "Trieste is the only city in Eruope which appears more
often in reflective essays than in guide books of newspaper
travel sections."

Exploring the city

The best way to explore the city is to walk around.

The Piazza dell' Unita d'Italia is the heart of the city. The
square was created towards the end of the 19th century. It
houses the City Hall, with its clock tower featuring statues of
Mikeze and Lakeze, figures from Trieste folklore;
Government House, with its gilded mosaic wall
decorations; and the former Head Office of Lloyd Triestino,
built in Renaissance style by an Austrian architect.

The Victory Lighthouse lights the Gulf of Trieste and
commemorates the dead of the First World War. It stands
almost 70 metres high with a scaled dome containing a
statue of winged Victory. At the base of the column is the
anchor of the torpedo boat Audace, the first Italian ship to
enter the harbour in 1918. The lighthouse took 4 years to
complete and was officially opened in 1927.

The Old Stock Exchange is a fine example of neo-classical
architecture, resembling a Greek temple. The Old Stock
Exchange stands by the so called Grand Canal. However
this is rather an misnomer as the canal is very short. There
is a statue of Joyce by one of the bridges.

The Arco di Riccard is a Roman gate to the city thought to
date from 33 AD. It is in Piazzetta di Ricordo in the old city.
You can see the Roman amphitheatre at the foot of San
Guisto hill.

The Verdi Opera Theatre opened in 1801. It is of a similar
style to La Scala in Milan.

Museums

There are many museums in Trieste, most of which are
closed on Mondays.

Probably the best is The Revoltella Museum, which was
founded in 1872 when Baron Revoletta left his home and art
collection to the city of Trieste. He also set up an
endowment, which enabled a larger collection to be
acquired. The Art Gallery has now spread over three
buildings in order to house the ever-expanding collection by
many Italian and other artists.

Other museums include:

The Regional Centre for the Study of Ancient and Modern

Military History

The Civic Museum

The Museum of Oriental Art

Piccolo Pharmacy Museum

The Railway Museum

Café society

As Trieste is a port it was one of the first European cities to
take to coffee in a big way. The first coffee houses in Trieste
opened at the beginning of the 18th century. These cafés
become very popular with artists and intellectuals. Several
of the original cafes are going strong, the Tommeseo and
the Cafee degli Specchi.

Triestines are very particular about their coffee. If you order
a cappuccino the Trieste version will be a black coffee with
a little milk. You would need to order an Italian cappuccino.
Mixing spirits with coffee is a no-no, viewed as a beverage
favoured by foreign lorry drivers!

Cultural and Sporting Events

The Barcolana is held on the second Sunday of October.
This is a sailing competition which has run for 30 years and
has almost 2000 vessels competing. There are other
events during the week such as the Saturday nighttime
regatta. The winner is the boat, which can achieve the
highest number of laps around the San Guisto basin. The
Music Festival takes place for three evenings at the Piazza
d'Italie. There is a line up of Italian and international talent
and it's free.

From October to May the concert and opera season unfolds
in the historic neo-Classical Teatro Comunale Giuseppe
Verdi (opened in 1801 and designed by Matteo Petch,
architect of Milan's La Scala) and the modern Sala
Tripcovich. The festival of Light Opera is held in July and
August at the Verdi. Figures of international renown
congregate in Trieste for performances of such works as
Fritz Kreisler's "Sissi", "The Land of Smiles" and Franz
Lear's "Judith".

Castello Miramare

This castle was built for Archduke Maximilian as a
residence by the sea. Maxilmilian and his wife, Charlotte of
Belgium, came to live here in 1860. However their stay only
lasted for 4 years as Maximilian was despatched to Mexico,
where he been offered the throne in an attempt to end the
Civil War there. Rebel forces killed Maximilian. Charlotte
lived at the Castello alone briefly and then returned to her
native Belgium. You can visit the castle and gardens.

In July and August the tragic love story is brought to life in a
"Sons et Lumieres". The voice of the Castle caretaker
recounts the love story of Maximilian and Charlotte.
Performances in English and German can be requested on
Saturdays by phoning +39 40 414177

Castello di Duino

This old castle dates from the 11th century, the only
recognisable remains are the tower and an arch. The new
castle was completed in the 15th century.
Legend tells that in medieval times a young princess fell in
love with a local boy. Her Father locked her away in a tower
and had her lover killed in the courtyard below and the
corpse thrown in the sea. In despair the Princess leapt
from the tower, her screams turned her to stone as she
hurtled down. Near the shore is a rock that looks like a
woman's body. Some say that "Dama Biance" still haunts
the area searching for her lost love.

Duino Castle has only recently opened its doors to the
public. Prince Carlo Allessandro and his family still live in
the castle. The castle has accommodated many famous
guests: Dante, Listz and Struass.

The coastal path, the Rilke Promenade from Duino to
Sistians is named after the German poet, a guest at the
castle from 1911 - 1912.

The Grotta Gigante, the Giant Cave

This cave is the largest accessible cave in the world. It is
estimated that you could fit St Peters Cathedral inside. The
cave was first explored in 1840 by Lidner. In 1904, a four-
year project started to turn the cave into a tourist attraction. It
took 4000 candles to light the cave, electricity was only
installed in 1957.
There are hourly guided visits. You can find out about
opening hours by phoning 040 327312.

Swimming

The beach at Sistinna Spiaggia is said to be one of the best
in Italy. It can be reached by the no. 51 and 21 buses from
Trieste. Grignano is closer to Trieste and is reached by the
no. 36 bus.

Where to eat

Harry's Grill in the Hotel Gran Duchi is one of Trieste's most
exclusive restaurants. I have eaten at this restaurant. I was
even served with a pre-starter, a delicious titbit of stuffed
aubergine, and a pre-dessert, a lovely strawberry mousse.
The accompanying bread and bread sticks has been freshly
baked. My (proper) starter was stuffed pasta, the main
course was sea bass, topped off with white chocolate
mousse rippled with passionfruit sauce. It is entirely
possible to have a lighter meal, if you can resist the
temptation. In Summer you can sit out on the
pedestrianised square. Main courses cost from 16 - 26
euros. Piazza dll"Unita d"Italia 2, tel: 040 660606

Al Bragozzo is the best-known restaurant at the port, which
specialises in seafood. The simply yet creatively prepared
meals pay homage to the sea and its heritage by combining
the elements of Italian cuisine and the riches of the
Mediterranean. Specialties include spaghetti alla Giorgio
(with tomatoes and herbs), ravioli stuffed with herbs,
monkfish braised with artichokes (and cooked with white
wine), and spaghetti with lobster. There are also many
preparations of salmon and shrimp. You can eat at the
outdoor tables, weather permitting, if you visit in the
summer. Main courses cost from 10 - 25 euros. Riva
Nazario Sauro 22. tel: 040 303001.

There are many buffets in Trieste. These are restaurants
which specialise in pork, often in various stews, sausages
and soups. Two of the best known are:
Re di cappe, Via Geppa 11, tel 040 370330
Da Giovanni, Via S Lazzaro 14, tel 040 639396

Day trips

Exploring the Carse

The Triestine cares starts at Montefalcone in the north and
stretches down adjacent to the Slovenian border. The area
is known as a paradise for botanists with a mixture of
continental flora and Mediterranean vegetation. There is talk
of the area achieving national park status.

The Carsic house in Rupingrande has a collection of
traditional furniture and local costumes.

During the first week in May the works of local painters are
exhibited during the Majence Festival, in San Dorligo delle
Valle.

The best known event is the Carsic Wedding, every second
year on the last Sunday of August in Monrupino. There are
dances every night of the preceeding week. On the wedding
day the bridal procession, all dressed in traditional
costume, walk to the fortress church for the marriage
ceremony.

Grado and Aquiliea

Aquiliea was founded in the first century BC. It occupies a
strategic defence location. It became a Patriarchs's seat
andmany beautiful churches were built. The Bascilica is
considered to be one of the most important monuments of
early Christianity. There are two museums to visit there.

Grado was the extreme southern part of the port of Aquileia.
Now it a beautiful island city joined to the mainland by a
causeway. It boasts 20 kms of fine sandy beaches. Grado
was very popular as a spa during the days of the Austrio
Hungarian Empire with its healing sands.
Grado can be reached by the no 21 bus from Trieste. There
is also a boat service during the Summer.

Muggia

Muggia is a pretty coastal town just south of Trieste, which
can be reached by ferry from Trieste during the summer.
The town is of Venetian origin, surrounded by medieval
walls with a 14th century castle and a pretty port.

Slovenia

The Slovenian border is just a few kilometres from Trieste.
The Lipica Stud and Riding School is under a half hour drive
from Trieste. It was originally founded in 1580 by Archduke
Charles for breeding royal horses for the Austrian court.
Now you can tour the stud farm (6 Euros) or have a riding
lesson, starting at 16 euros.

Croatia

Croatia can be easily reached through by passing through
the narrow strip of coastal Slovenia.

Wine Country

Every Sunday during April, May and June you can visit
specific wineries in the area to try their products.

There are various wine itineraries you can follow.

Venice

Venice can be reached by direct train from Trieste. The
journey takes around two hours. The train takes you right
into the centre of Venice.

Trieste is an Adriatic coastal city in northeastern Italy, close
to the border with Slovenia. The sea in the Gulf of Trieste is
very clear and clean, with limestone cliffs and rocky
beaches. The centre of the city has a mid-European feel,
more Austrian than Italian, Trieste was the seaport of the
Hapsburg Empire.

Unique Points

You can enjoy a combination of a sea/beach holiday and the
attractions of a cultural city.

It is an ideal destination for a short break but you could
easily spend a week here too. The Verdi Theatre hosts an
opera season in the winter and an operetta festival in
summer. You can swim in the beautiful clear sea, stroll the
promenade, and walk along the cliff paths. Take in the
wonderful art collection at the Revoltella Museum. You can
sip coffee on Piazza Unita Italia with its grand 19th century
buildings, which face onto the sea.

Getting there

Ryanair flies into Trieste from London Standsted. The
airport is 35 kms west of Trieste but there is regular public
transport on Coach 51 into Trieste.

Getting around

If you do decide to hire a car, it is worth checking that you
can take it into Slovenia and Croatia if you are considering
day trips there.

Trieste has a good public transport network.

There is a "Trieste by Bus" city tour in 13 stops. This is
available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from the end of
June to mid October. The two and a half hour trip allows
you to see the city's main attractions. The cost is around
five euros per person.

You can take the Opicani tram up to the Carso plateau, 348
metres above sea level. This funicular tramway was built in
1902. The tram leaves from Piazza Oberdan in the city
centre up Scorolo hill to the plateau above.

History

According to folklore Trieste was founded by Tergeste, a
friend of Jason and the Argonauts. Ancient Tergeste as a
Roman colony is dated to around 178 BC. It became more
important during the reign of Octavian when roads were
improved.

The city has had many rulers during its history: Goths,
Byzantines, and Lombards. In the 13th century Trieste was
forced to swear allegiance to Venice. To escape Venetian
domination, Trieste sought the protection of Duke Leopold
of Austria. Trieste was of great importance to the Hapsburg
Empire as a seaport and was made a Freeport in 1719.
Without customs barriers the port and city flourished.

At the end of the First World War with collapse of the
Hapsburg Empire, Trieste was returned to Italy in 1918.
Trieste was taken over by the Third Riech when Italy
withdrew from the Second World Ward in September 1943.
Two years later there was a 40-day Occupation by Tito's
Yugoslav forces. After 9 years under an Anglo-American
government Trieste was handed over to the Italian
government.

Trieste's history may help explain why 70% of Italians
apparently did not know that Trieste was part of Italy in a
recent opinion poll!
With EU enlargement Trieste is ideally placed as the only
natural port in the centre of Europe. Trieste is one of three
finalists to host the international Expo of Science,
Technology and Culture in 2008. If its bid is successful
there will be more investment in the area and Trieste will
become better known on the world map.

Literary Connections

The Irish author James Joyce lived in Trieste during the
early part of the 20th century. When he first arrived he
worked as a tutor at the Berlitz School of English. He went
on to write "The Dubliners", "The Portrait of an Artist as a
Young Man" and start "Ulysses" in Trieste. The rich mix of
central European and Eastern Mediterranean culture in
Trieste is said to have had a great influence on his writing.

Joyce was English tutor to Itali Svevo, the Italian novelist.
Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861, his Mother was part of a
Triestian Jewish family, and his Father was of German
descent. Joyce encouraged and praised Svevo's work and
Svevo wrote critiques of Joyce's work.

Svevo's book, "The Confessions of Zeno", was virtually
ignored in Italy. However Joyce recommended the book to
publishers in France, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
The book is an autobiography of Zeno, written for Zeno's
psychoanalyst, to help get to the bottom of his smoking
addiction.

Svevo is credited by Welleck as "an Italian novelist with
permanent appeal as a psychoanalytical psychologist and
as a portrayer of the inhabitants of Austrian and later Italian
Trieste and their often uncertain national allegiance."

Jan Morris wrote the book, "Trieste and the Meaning of
Nowhere". Morris claims this is her final book, a self-
examination based in Trieste. Morris changed gender.
Jan Morris first visited Trieste at the end of the Second
World War as young Welsh soldier. She describes how the
city "curiously haunted her" . She revisited the city as an
elderly woman.

Morris describes Trieste as "natural capital of the nation of
nowhere". By this she means a home for the so-called
"Fourth World" . This is a scattered group with the common
values of humour and understanding, usually exiles in their
own communities but probably numerous enough to form
their own nation.

I laughed at Clay Risen's comment in his piece about
Trieste in the Square Table in Spring 2003. He observed
that "Trieste is the only city in Eruope which appears more
often in reflective essays than in guide books of newspaper
travel sections."

Exploring the city

The best way to explore the city is to walk around.

The Piazza dell' Unita d'Italia is the heart of the city. The
square was created towards the end of the 19th century. It
houses the City Hall, with its clock tower featuring statues of
Mikeze and Lakeze, figures from Trieste folklore;
Government House, with its gilded mosaic wall
decorations; and the former Head Office of Lloyd Triestino,
built in Renaissance style by an Austrian architect.

The Victory Lighthouse lights the Gulf of Trieste and
commemorates the dead of the First World War. It stands
almost 70 metres high with a scaled dome containing a
statue of winged Victory. At the base of the column is the
anchor of the torpedo boat Audace, the first Italian ship to
enter the harbour in 1918. The lighthouse took 4 years to
complete and was officially opened in 1927.

The Old Stock Exchange is a fine example of neo-classical
architecture, resembling a Greek temple. The Old Stock
Exchange stands by the so called Grand Canal. However
this is rather an misnomer as the canal is very short. There
is a statue of Joyce by one of the bridges.

The Arco di Riccard is a Roman gate to the city thought to
date from 33 AD. It is in Piazzetta di Ricordo in the old city.
You can see the Roman amphitheatre at the foot of San
Guisto hill.

The Verdi Opera Theatre opened in 1801. It is of a similar
style to La Scala in Milan.

Museums

There are many museums in Trieste, most of which are
closed on Mondays.

Probably the best is The Revoltella Museum, which was
founded in 1872 when Baron Revoletta left his home and art
collection to the city of Trieste. He also set up an
endowment, which enabled a larger collection to be
acquired. The Art Gallery has now spread over three
buildings in order to house the ever-expanding collection by
many Italian and other artists.

Other museums include:

The Regional Centre for the Study of Ancient and Modern

Military History

The Civic Museum

The Museum of Oriental Art

Piccolo Pharmacy Museum

The Railway Museum

Café society

As Trieste is a port it was one of the first European cities to
take to coffee in a big way. The first coffee houses in Trieste
opened at the beginning of the 18th century. These cafés
become very popular with artists and intellectuals. Several
of the original cafes are going strong, the Tommeseo and
the Cafee degli Specchi.

Triestines are very particular about their coffee. If you order
a cappuccino the Trieste version will be a black coffee with
a little milk. You would need to order an Italian cappuccino.
Mixing spirits with coffee is a no-no, viewed as a beverage
favoured by foreign lorry drivers!

Cultural and Sporting Events

The Barcolana is held on the second Sunday of October.
This is a sailing competition which has run for 30 years and
has almost 2000 vessels competing. There are other
events during the week such as the Saturday nighttime
regatta. The winner is the boat, which can achieve the
highest number of laps around the San Guisto basin. The
Music Festival takes place for three evenings at the Piazza
d'Italie. There is a line up of Italian and international talent
and it's free.

From October to May the concert and opera season unfolds
in the historic neo-Classical Teatro Comunale Giuseppe
Verdi (opened in 1801 and designed by Matteo Petch,
architect of Milan's La Scala) and the modern Sala
Tripcovich. The festival of Light Opera is held in July and
August at the Verdi. Figures of international renown
congregate in Trieste for performances of such works as
Fritz Kreisler's "Sissi", "The Land of Smiles" and Franz
Lear's "Judith".

Castello Miramare

This castle was built for Archduke Maximilian as a
residence by the sea. Maxilmilian and his wife, Charlotte of
Belgium, came to live here in 1860. However their stay only
lasted for 4 years as Maximilian was despatched to Mexico,
where he been offered the throne in an attempt to end the
Civil War there. Rebel forces killed Maximilian. Charlotte
lived at the Castello alone briefly and then returned to her
native Belgium. You can visit the castle and gardens.

In July and August the tragic love story is brought to life in a
"Sons et Lumieres". The voice of the Castle caretaker
recounts the love story of Maximilian and Charlotte.
Performances in English and German can be requested on
Saturdays by phoning +39 40 414177

Castello di Duino

This old castle dates from the 11th century, the only
recognisable remains are the tower and an arch. The new
castle was completed in the 15th century.
Legend tells that in medieval times a young princess fell in
love with a local boy. Her Father locked her away in a tower
and had her lover killed in the courtyard below and the
corpse thrown in the sea. In despair the Princess leapt
from the tower, her screams turned her to stone as she
hurtled down. Near the shore is a rock that looks like a
woman's body. Some say that "Dama Biance" still haunts
the area searching for her lost love.

Duino Castle has only recently opened its doors to the
public. Prince Carlo Allessandro and his family still live in
the castle. The castle has accommodated many famous
guests: Dante, Listz and Struass.

The coastal path, the Rilke Promenade from Duino to
Sistians is named after the German poet, a guest at the
castle from 1911 - 1912.

The Grotta Gigante, the Giant Cave

This cave is the largest accessible cave in the world. It is
estimated that you could fit St Peters Cathedral inside. The
cave was first explored in 1840 by Lidner. In 1904, a four-
year project started to turn the cave into a tourist attraction. It
took 4000 candles to light the cave, electricity was only
installed in 1957.
There are hourly guided visits. You can find out about
opening hours by phoning 040 327312.

Swimming

The beach at Sistinna Spiaggia is said to be one of the best
in Italy. It can be reached by the no. 51 and 21 buses from
Trieste. Grignano is closer to Trieste and is reached by the
no. 36 bus.

Where to eat

Harry's Grill in the Hotel Gran Duchi is one of Trieste's most
exclusive restaurants. I have eaten at this restaurant. I was
even served with a pre-starter, a delicious titbit of stuffed
aubergine, and a pre-dessert, a lovely strawberry mousse.
The accompanying bread and bread sticks has been freshly
baked. My (proper) starter was stuffed pasta, the main
course was sea bass, topped off with white chocolate
mousse rippled with passionfruit sauce. It is entirely
possible to have a lighter meal, if you can resist the
temptation. In Summer you can sit out on the
pedestrianised square. Main courses cost from 16 - 26
euros. Piazza dll"Unita d"Italia 2, tel: 040 660606

Al Bragozzo is the best-known restaurant at the port, which
specialises in seafood. The simply yet creatively prepared
meals pay homage to the sea and its heritage by combining
the elements of Italian cuisine and the riches of the
Mediterranean. Specialties include spaghetti alla Giorgio
(with tomatoes and herbs), ravioli stuffed with herbs,
monkfish braised with artichokes (and cooked with white
wine), and spaghetti with lobster. There are also many
preparations of salmon and shrimp. You can eat at the
outdoor tables, weather permitting, if you visit in the
summer. Main courses cost from 10 - 25 euros. Riva
Nazario Sauro 22. tel: 040 303001.

There are many buffets in Trieste. These are restaurants
which specialise in pork, often in various stews, sausages
and soups. Two of the best known are:
Re di cappe, Via Geppa 11, tel 040 370330
Da Giovanni, Via S Lazzaro 14, tel 040 639396

Day trips

Exploring the Carse

The Triestine cares starts at Montefalcone in the north and
stretches down adjacent to the Slovenian border. The area
is known as a paradise for botanists with a mixture of
continental flora and Mediterranean vegetation. There is talk
of the area achieving national park status.

The Carsic house in Rupingrande has a collection of
traditional furniture and local costumes.

During the first week in May the works of local painters are
exhibited during the Majence Festival, in San Dorligo delle
Valle.

The best known event is the Carsic Wedding, every second
year on the last Sunday of August in Monrupino. There are
dances every night of the preceeding week. On the wedding
day the bridal procession, all dressed in traditional
costume, walk to the fortress church for the marriage
ceremony.

Grado and Aquiliea

Aquiliea was founded in the first century BC. It occupies a
strategic defence location. It became a Patriarchs's seat
andmany beautiful churches were built. The Bascilica is
considered to be one of the most important monuments of
early Christianity. There are two museums to visit there.

Grado was the extreme southern part of the port of Aquileia.
Now it a beautiful island city joined to the mainland by a
causeway. It boasts 20 kms of fine sandy beaches. Grado
was very popular as a spa during the days of the Austrio
Hungarian Empire with its healing sands.
Grado can be reached by the no 21 bus from Trieste. There
is also a boat service during the Summer.

Muggia

Muggia is a pretty coastal town just south of Trieste, which
can be reached by ferry from Trieste during the summer.
The town is of Venetian origin, surrounded by medieval
walls with a 14th century castle and a pretty port.

Slovenia

The Slovenian border is just a few kilometres from Trieste.
The Lipica Stud and Riding School is under a half hour drive
from Trieste. It was originally founded in 1580 by Archduke
Charles for breeding royal horses for the Austrian court.
Now you can tour the stud farm (6 Euros) or have a riding
lesson, starting at 16 euros.

Croatia

Croatia can be easily reached through by passing through
the narrow strip of coastal Slovenia.

Wine Country

Every Sunday during April, May and June you can visit

specific wineries in the area to try their products.

There are various wine itineraries you can follow.



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