Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
The local tourism board recommend three historic cafés for the visitor to Trieste. They are Caffè Tommaseo, Caffè San Marco and Caffè Pasticceria Pirona.
The Trieste Coffee Cluster also mentions the Bar Torinese which recall the interior of a luxurious ship; the Caffè degli specchi in Piazza Grande and the Café Tergesteo.
The oldest is Caffè Tommaseo which opened its doors in 1830. Located on the sea front the classical interior is sober and discreet and popular with businessmen and politicians. The café features 100 year old mirrors imported from Belgium.
The Caffè San Marco opened on 3rd January 1914. Not good timing, as the outbreak of the first world war destroyed it completely. Rebuilt in the twenties, it then had a makeover in the 30's to make it more Viennese.
This is the annual autumn appointment to encourage the public to discover the magnificent stately homes and gardens in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Normally taking place in the first week of October, the event is backed by the l Consorzio per la Salvaguardia dei Castelli Storici del Friuli Venezia Giulia.
If you have a sail boat or a motor cruiser and are looking for a port in the Adriatic, then below is a definitive list of all the options available to you in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
There are 130 km of coast and berths for 15.000 craft in the most northernly zone of the Mediterranean sea.
Choose from the fabulous lagoons of Marano and Grado or the Roman town of Aquileia, declared “Patrimonio dell’Umanità” by UNESCO.
Also look out for the 'Barcolana', the traditional mid-October regatta appointment in the Gulf of Trieste where 2000 sail boats compete in this annual event. www.barcolana.it
'Lungo le Strade del Vino' is the essential Friuli wine itineraries guide to discover the wine cantinas and wine producers of the region. Lavishly produced by the Movimento Turismo del Vino Friuli Venezia Giulia the region is split into six manageable areas, each with a suggested itinerary.
Hi there, thought you might like to see the piece I wrote for The (Glasgow) Herald. Nice to have met you. A.J.
The municipal official believes he has the measure of me. “This is your firrrst time, I think,” he says with a discomforting leer, before adding, “in the region of Gorizia.” We’re in the oxter of Italy, geographically speaking. It’s a wedge of land north of Venice at the top of the Adriatic, squashed up against the Slovenian border.