Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Trieste, Italy

Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:13am EDT
 
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By Nigel Tutt

TRIESTE, Italy (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the central European melting pot which is the Italian port city of Trieste?

A Reuters correspondent with local knowledge helps visitors to get the most out of a visit to the city that only became definitively part of Italy in 1954 and where James Joyce wrote part of "Ulysses."

FRIDAY

8 p.m. - Drive down past cliffs and trees into the city of 200,000 people, a northeastern outpost of Italy with the Slovenian and Croatian borders not far away.

Drive past the rail station and just beyond the city center to L'Albero Nascosto. The small homely hotel, not from the seafront, boasts large rooms and breakfasts of cheese, bread and jams.

9 p.m. - Take a stroll along the seafront to get your bearings. Be ready for the wind, called the Bora, which often blows gustily across the city, sometimes at up to 160 km (100 miles) an hour.

Along the seafront a series of restaurants beckon. Upmarket is the Nastro Azzurro, which offers fish in traditional surroundings.

For those with tighter budgets, or with a more Germanic taste, there is a beer hall, the Birreria Lowenbrau, with a range of German-style beers, sausage and other meaty dishes.   Continued...