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Marija Jovchevska

2018-09-22 13:56 — Maribor, Slovenia

Trieste - Finding inspiration in Italy 

A little history of Trieste: Between 52 and 46 BC, it was granted the status of Roman colony under Julius Caesar, who recorded its name as Tergeste (Commentarii de Bello Gallico (51 BC)). Trieste has some Roman ruins, including those of an amphitheater.  It prospered under the Romans, was later held by the Lombards, and was taken by Charlemagne in the late 8th century. In the 12th century it became a free commune. After two centuries of struggle with its rival Venice, Trieste placed itself (1382) under the control of the duke of Austria, although it retained administrative autonomy until the 18th cent. In 1719 it was made a free port. As the sole Austrian port and as a natural outlet for central Europe, Trieste flourished. However, its prosperity declined after World War II, even though it was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocks. Trieste is a crossroad for many cultures through the centuries, and its geographical position made it a significant seaport with the Mediterranean region.

And the clash of cultures is visible from the moment you put the first step in Trieste. Luckily, I have friends who won’t stop walking around, eager to see everything the city offers. So, our first stop was the Parrocchia di Santa Maria Maggiore, a baroque style catholic cathedral. To me, the square design of the arcs was impressive. And of course, the silence and peace every cathedral offers. No matter how many people visit, there is always coldness and serenity.

Left from Via Roma, is the Canale Grande, on Borgo Teressiano, a photogenic place, surrounded by neoclassical buildings. The canal was originally crossed by three bridges (Ponte Bianco, Ponte Rosso and Ponte Verde), which used to swing open to allow boats to enter. Only the Ponte Rosso (Red Bridge) remains. Here is the Ponterosso Fountain that unfortunately has no water and ruined by time and weather.

Next, we walked around the port, the docks, took some funny photos and went in the city centre for an Italian espresso, accompanied by classical music played on a viola. About another tasty treat with an Italian origin, gelato. I tried the coconut taste, but I must confess: that was one hard decision to choose. Inspiration comes from beautiful feelings, so these things gave me an idea for another literature text.

We walked around the city square, the local market with (unbelievably) high prices because of tourists. Around the markets for a bottle of water, there was an archeological site that looked like an amphitheatre, but it was a restricted area, so we had to go forward.

On the way, we found a magical place: covered in plants and vines, half circle place with benches and a door with three arcs. Like a fairytale, but a modern one, with people who eat sandwiches and chips.

At the end, we climbed on a hill, to the Trieste Cathedral. In gothic style, mosaics and statues, gives an opportunity to see something new. Although, I found some things that still go through my mind. A grave with a skull and obviously damaged writing on it? Damnatio memoriae? Meant to be forgotten and unknown despite having hundreds of people walking on top of your grave?