Trieste, city I love and one of my favorite “things I like that money can buy”! I’m presenting you Trieste as a suggestion for traveling even though, when I was young, for my fellow countryman it was fashionable to buy cloths in Trieste not to go sightseeing.
Trieste – fashion “Mecca” for people of eastern Europe!
Every spring and autumn people would go there to get a cloths for new season. We would say:”I’m going to Italy”. What we really meant was,”I’m going to Trieste”. What a treat that was! Going to Trieste was like making a “fashion statement”. No one went there for sightseeing or on vacation, just to shop. Trieste was, and still is for Serbian people, the nearest Italian town, just a few kilometers from Slovenian – Italy border.
People where poor, but at that time, 40 years ago, cloths and many other things were cheaper for them in Italy than in Serbia. They would usually go by bus or car, on Friday night. Saturday morning, around 7 am, they arrive and go straight from the bus to Piaca del Ponte Rosso – we called it Ponte Roso market place, where many people would shop not just cloths but many other things also. There was even a bus parking lot few meters from Piaca, thus I’m not exaggerating when I say, straight from the bus. For shoes, some would go to famous shop Bata (at least it was famous to them) and for special treat or drapes or anything for the home, they would go to Giovanni store. Other then that, it was a taboo for most people. And why would they bother?! In these three places (stores), they got it all!
At noon stores close till 4 pm, which would give “shoppers” time to catch a breath. Even to this day I love the way Italian stores have that so called “lunch brake” and I would like that stores all around the world have the same working schedule. I hate that most banks work till 5 pm – in Serbia at least, and stores till 8 pm – I wonder who they are working for since most people work till 5 or 6 pm, and need some rest when they come home. As it is now, people have to rush to a banks or stores instead of having some rest first – rushing, rushing, rushing.
Saturday night – usually around 9 pm, people use to get back to buses and off they go – back to Serbia with bags full of their dreams.
For me, trip to Trieste was little different
We had relatives in Rijeka, Croatia. For summer holidays we would go there, as “3 in 1 trip” opportunity:
1. visit relatives
2. enjoy sunbath and swimming in the sea
3. shop in Trieste.
The distance between two towns is 77 km or approximately 1 hour drive. Because of that small distance, during our holiday, we would go to Trieste few times. And that was a “really treat“. No rush, no “must to“, no “just certain places” to buy what you need. And enough time to look around. Totally different experience then going by bus. Trust me I’ve tried it all. Although, every trip to Trieste, for Serbian people, including my parents and relatives, starts with Piaca del Ponte Rosso!
When I was teenager, I use to go to Umag/Umago, Croatia, for a summer holiday, sometimes for more than a month. That is only 51 km from Italian border – you can imagine how many times during my holiday I would go to Trieste. Plus, in Umago, I was camping with my friends and in the camp there were many families from Trieste literally living there the whole summer. They had their own trailers, beautifully decorated in and around, so families would live in Umago from May till October. Man would go to work (in Trieste) in a morning and come back after work. When I think about this now, it is possible that living in Yugoslavia during summer was less expensive for them. I suppose you know, nowadays Croatia is part of ex Yugoslavia) . That would be one logical explanation for their staying in Umago, since Trieste is on the coast of Adriatic sea also and beach is not less beautiful then in Croatia. What ever was the reason, it gave me opportunity to get to know Italian people, because the shopping trip gives you opportunity to meat only salesman – not the same, right?!
Why I love Trieste and Italy in general
Because of these holidays I’ve grown to love Trieste and to like Italian people. That didn’t change till this day. For me, Trieste is not just a “shopping tour”, but beautiful town with nice people, even though I love Italian fashion – Italy is my “cup of tea” when it comes to fashion. And not just because they have cloths that suits my stile, but because people ARE very “fashion conscious”. When you walk the streets of Italy you don’t need to wonder what is “in stile” this season – you see it on people walking by.
I’ve already mentioned the “opening hours” of stores and other business – and I’ll say it again – I LOVE IT!
Most streets are one way streets – I love it!
The streets are busy thats why most people ride motorcycles – usually Vespa Scooter. I’ve tried it – it’s not so easy to ride because of the small wheels, but it’s fun. You can see many woman – young or older or old (lol) driving around Trieste, managing them like a pros! Love it too!
Where is Trieste and some facts about it accprding to wikipedia.org
Trieste is an old town. Since the second millennium BC, the location was an inhabited site. Trieste is located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste. It lies in the northernmost part of the high Adriatic in northeastern Italy, near the border with Slovenia.
Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy. In the 19th century, it was the most important port of one of the Great Powers of Europe. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague). In the fin-de-siecle period, it emerged as an important hub for literature and music. It underwent an economic revival during the 1930s, and Trieste was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs after the Second World War. Today, the city is in one of the richest regions of Italy, and has been a great center for shipping, through its port (Port of Trieste), shipbuilding and financial services.
In 2012, LonelyPlanet.com listed the city of Trieste as the world’s most underrated travel destination.
The territory of Trieste is composed of several different climate zones depending on the distance from the sea and elevation. The average temperatures are 5.4 °C (42 °F) in January and 23.3 °C (74 °F) in July. The climatic setting of the city is humid subtropical climate (Cfa according to Köppen climate classification) with strong Mediterranean influences. On average, humidity levels are pleasantly low (~65%), while only two months (January & February) receive slightly less than 60 mm (2 in) of precipitation. Trieste along with the Istrian peninsula enjoys evenly distributed rainfall above 1,000 mm (39 in) in total; it is noteworthy that no true summer drought occurs. Snow occurs on average 0/2 days per year. Temperatures are very mild – lows below zero are somewhat rare (with just 9 days per a year) and highs above 30 °C (86 °F) similarly can be expected 15 days a year only. Winter maxima are lower than in typical Mediterranean zone (~ 5 – 11 °C) with quite high minima (~2 – 8 °C). Two basic weather patterns interchange – sunny, sometimes windy but often very cold days (max. +7, min. +3; frequently connected to an occurrence of northeast wind called Bora ) and rainy days with temperatures about 6 to 11 °C (43 to 52 °F). Summer is very warm with maxima about 29 degrees and lows above 24 degrees. Absolute maximum of the last fifty years is 37.2 °C (99 °F) in 2003. Absolute minimum is − 9.2 °C (15 °F) in 1963. Average year temperature (1971/2000), 15.0 °C (59 °F), is nearly the same as that of Earth.
The Trieste area is divided into 8a-10a zones according to USDA hardiness zoning; Villa Opicina (320 to 420 MSL) with 8a in upper suburban area down to 10a in especially shielded and windproof valleys close to the Adriatic sea.
The climate can be severely affected by the Bora, a very dry and usually cool north-to-northeast katabatic wind that can last for several days and reach speeds of up to 140 km/h (87 mph), thus sometimes bringing subzero temperatures to the entire city.
The particular Friulian dialect, called Tergestino, spoken until the beginning of the 19th century, was gradually overcome by the Triestine dialect of Venetian (a language deriving directly from Vulgar Latin) and other languages, including standard Italian, Slovene, and German. While Triestine and Italian were spoken by the largest part of the population, German was the language of the Austrian bureaucracy and Slovene was predominantly spoken in the surrounding villages. From the last decades of the 19th century, the number of speakers of Slovene grew steadily, reaching 25% of the overall population of Trieste municipality in 1911 (30% of the Austro-Hungarian citizens in Trieste).
According to the 1911 census, the proportion of Slovene speakers amounted to 12.6% in the city centre (15.9% counting only Austrian citizens), 47.6% in the suburbs (53% counting only Austrian citizens), and 90.5% in the surroundings. They were the largest ethnic group in 9 of the 19 urban neighborhoods of Trieste, and represented a majority in 7 of them. The Italian speakers, on the other hand, made up 60.1% of the population in the city center, 38.1% in the suburbs, and 6.0% in the surroundings. They were the largest linguistic group in 10 of the 19 urban neighborhoods, and represented the majority in 7 of them (including all 6 in the city center). Of the 11 villages included within the city limits, the Slovene speakers had an overwhelming majority in 10, and the German speakers in one (Miramare).
German speakers amounted to 5% of the city’s population, with the highest proportions in the city center. A small proportion of Trieste’s population spoke Croatian (about 1.3% in 1911), and the city also had several other smaller ethnic communities, including Czechs,Istro-Romanians, Serbs, and Greeks, who mostly assimilated either into the Italian or the Slovene-speaking communities.
Today, the dominant local dialect of Trieste is Triestine (“Triestin”, pronounced [triɛsˈtin]), influenced by a form of Venetian. This dialect and the official Italian language are spoken in the city, while Slovenian is spoken in some of the immediate suburbs. There are also small numbers of Serbian, Croatian, German, and Hungarian speakers.
|2012 largest resident foreign-born groups|
|Country of birth||Population|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||603|
An estimated 19% of the province’s population (49,000 out of 260,000 from the last census) belong to the autochthonous Slovene language community. In total, the city’s ethnic Slavic minority makes up about 30 percent of the population.
At the end of 2012, ISTAT estimated that there were 16,279 foreign-born residents in Trieste, representing 7.7% of the total city population. The largest autochthonous minority are Slovenes, but there is also a large immigrant group from Balkan nations (particularly nearby Serbia, Albania and Romania): 4.95%, Asia: 0.52%, and sub-saharan Africa: 0.2%. Serbian community consists of both autochthonous and immigrant groups. Trieste is predominantly Roman Catholic, but also has large numbers of Orthodox Christians, mainly Serbs, due to the city’s large migrant population from Eastern Europe and its Balkan influence.
Trieste has a lively cultural scene with various theatres. Among these are the Opera Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Politeama Rossetti, the Teatro La Contrada, the Slovene theatre in Trieste (Slovensko stalno gledališče, since 1902), Teatro Miela, and a several smaller ones.
There are also numerous museums. Among these are:
- Diego de Henriquez war museum
- Museo Sartorio
- Revoltella Museum modern art gallery
- Civico Museo di Storia Naturale di Trieste (natural history museum) containing fossils ofearly man.
- Civico Orto Botanico di Trieste, a municipal botanical garden
- Orto Botanico dell’Università di Trieste, the University of Trieste’s botanical garden
Two important national monuments:
- The Risiera di San Sabba (Risiera di San Sabba Museum)’, a National monument. It was the only Nazi concentration camp with crematorium in Italy.
- The Foiba di Basovizza, a National monument. It is a reminder of the killings of Italians (and other ethnic groups) by Yugoslav partisans after World War II, the last episode of an interethnic violence begun in the 19th century, with the rise of nationalism, and heavily intensified by the Fascist government.
The Slovenska gospodarsko-kulturna zveza – Unione Economica-Culturale Slovena is the umbrella organization bringing together cultural and economic associations belonging to the Slovene minority.
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