Tumbling down to the Adriatic from a wild, karstic plateau and almost entirely surrounded by Slovenia, the city is physically isolated from the rest of the Italian peninsula. From as long ago as the 1300s, Trieste has indeed faced east, later becoming a free port under Austrian rule. The city blossomed under the 18th- and 19th-century Habsburgs; Vienna’s seaside salon was also a fluid borderland where Italian, Slavic, Jewish, Germanic and even Greek culture intermingled.
Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main square in the city.The Town Hall, the Prefecture and the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia are located here. The square takes the actual name in 1955 only after after the end of the historical experience of the Free Territory of Trieste. From the square you can walk towards the mole “Molo Audace” overlooking the sea. The caffe’s in Trieste are busy and popular but were also the meeting place for writers and poets over the centuries.