The Northeastern Italian port town of Trieste is absolutely gorgeous. Once an Austro-Hungarian empire, it boasts spectacular architecture so impressive it will leave you wide-eyed (and most likely gasping loudly, like I did) at the beauty of every piazza you’ll stumble upon.
For maximum awe effect, walk the city’s streets at night. We did so on a rainy, windy evening and were rewarded with stunning views of buildings dramatically lit, empty streets and a very strong breeze from the Bora, the Adriatic’s famous wind that is even stronger at night and blows in such powerful gusts that I would lose my balance on the cobblestones.
From our perfectly-located hotel we walked seaside to the port, where we had the best views of the Piazza Unità d’Italia, the town’s main square where the municipal buildings and palaces are located, dating back to the 1800s. The Piazza’s size is impressive and its buildings are superb, but at night, when it’s your first contact with Austro-Hungarian architecture, it is something else. I was (literally!) blown away.
There is nothing quite like walking a city’s streets at night, and that evening in Trieste was as memorable as it was windy, which is saying a lot.
Do you enjoy cities at night? Which city do you think is the most impressive by night?