Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia

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Footprints762135
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Amazing architecture and lighting
Feb 2021
One of the most beautiful square open to sea in the world!!! If you visit Triest don't miss this square on which you can find many excellent restaurants and bars for aperitive.
Written April 18, 2021
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,808 contributions
Huge Main Square
Dec 2019
Trieste's main square had been our goal when we left the city's train station on foot 15 minutes before, but we were only looking for the tourist information office. We stood dumbstruck at this piazza, amazed by its size and offerings. Covering about 3 acres, the huge expanse spreads below the foot of San Giusto Hill on the East to the Adriatic Sea on the West. The giant city hall dominates the Eastern end, with offices, shops, cafes, bars and at least one hotel, filling neoclassical buildings that line the North and South. We were surprised that no cathedral stood here, as that is a common element in Italy's main squares.

There is virtually nothing else on the vast pavement, except a big fountain close to city hall and a statue of Emperor Charles VI, making this an excellent venue for outside concerts and special gatherings. On this December day, however, rain and a chilling wind kept most people at bay. We walked to the city hall to admire the manger scene on display and for a closer look at the Fountain of Four Continents, the number officially recognized when it was erected in the middle 1700s. The fountain's water was shut off, so it was impossible to get a feeling for what the work is like in full operation. Its design of rocks and groups of statues, however, failed to impress.

The tourist information office, which was supposed to be open next to the city hall, was closed for renovations, but another was nearby on a side street. I recommend going to the office before wandering around the square, because the tour has many details about the history, buildings and monuments there.
Written November 28, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,133 contributions
Trieste's grand central square
Dec 2019
Trieste is at its most majestic by the Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia. Covered with sandstone slabs, free of traffic, it is surrounded by palaces and it is also facing the sea. Most guidebooks will tell you that this is Europe's largest square by the sea. Spontaneously Lisbon's Praça do Comércio came to my mind, which is more than twice as big, but okay it is facing a river, not really the sea.

Going around clockwise one will first pass the Palazzo del Governo with its mosaics at the façade. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it is the youngest structure here. Next comes the Casa Stratti, built for a rich Greek merchant, now housing the famous Café degli Specchi, a place not to miss, when here. The third palace on this side is the Palazzo Modello, the Town Hall, originally meant as a guesthouse.

The large building on the opposite side of the sea, with a tower at the centre and many arched windows, is the Palazzo del Municipio, a work by the Triestine architect Giuseppe Bruni, who also built the Palazzo Modello, and who was a representative of the eclecticism in architecture, mixing different past styles.

In front of the Palazzo del Municipio is the 'Fontana dei Quattro Continenti', the square's oldest structure, erected in 1750, which explains, why Australia is missing. Captain James Cook only landed on this continent 20 years later.

On the right side of the Piazza, looking at it from the sea, comes the oldest palace, the Palazzo Pitteri from 1790, today owned by the insurance company Lloyd Adriatico. Some tourists will know the next palace also from the inside, when they are staying here. Once as the 'Locanda Grande' the largest hotel in town, it has been renamed in the 1970's as 'Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta'. Last building on this side, close to the sea, is the Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino, now the seat of the regional government.
Written October 31, 2020
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DvoraVienna
Vienna, Austria7 contributions
Historical, breathtaking!
Sep 2020
The power and glory of past empires. Impressive architecture of imperial dimensions. And the most expensive cafes in the city...but the sunset is worth paying the extra few euros. You can also sit on a bench for free!
Written September 23, 2020
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela8,882 contributions
A must!
Aug 2020
Great square with sea view. Really wide and clean. You can find the tourist point here and many bars around
Written September 7, 2020
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adrian80
Berlin, Germany8 contributions
central square”
Aug 2020
Astonishing square...
...with three sides magnificant buildings and the fourth the sea.
This square comes alive at night. It is breathtaking and truly alive. It is definitely a must see. Walk down the pier and view from the water.
Written August 26, 2020
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julieKYSELAK
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beautiful city
Aug 2020
an imaginary city for funSquare!!
This square is the heart of Trieste, as the most important tourist attractions are nearby. So when you visit, go straight to the square :) have a cold drink in one of the cafes and enjoy the sun! The tourist office is also
Written August 25, 2020
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marcellos375
Ferrara, Italy470 contributions
Ostentatious central square
Aug 2020
Piazza Unità d'Italia is an opulent grand piazza, designed to make a statement in support of its name. It is large and spectacular, rich in details and impressive at night with the beautiful lighting. Shops and restaurants abound around it, and its location near the harbor makes it a logical stop during a promenade along the seaside of the city. Certainly worthwhile visiting, it can't be missed (literally).
Written August 24, 2020
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Yavar K
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland1,130 contributions
Superb.
Aug 2020 • Couples
One of the biggest Squares facing the sea in Italy. Lots of restaurants and cafes there. All major shops just around the corner.
We sat and had breakfast in the morning which was lovely.
A must see.
Written August 22, 2020
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Abuc
New York City, NY1,608 contributions
Fall in love with Italy
Feb 2020
I have visited many parts of Italy but this is my favorite thus far. I did a walking tour of the beautiful town which started at this piazza. The square is warm and inviting and there is plenty to see and eat here. It was beautiful at day and memorizing at night . It is a must visit when in Trieste!
Written August 20, 2020
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