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Festivals and eventsThe Trieste film festival takes place in January, an event that over the years has gained importance both nationally and internationally for the attention paid to the cinemas of Central and Eastern Europe. Do not miss the Carsico Carnival in the region: take the Avis rental car and on Carnival Saturday go to Opicina to attend the classic parade of floats and groups of masked attendees.
In May there is a sports event called "Bavisela" (in dialect means "breeze"): the marathon of Europe or Maratona d'Europa, a prestigious competition and celebration of athleticism. A series of side events makes this fun for the whole family.
In September, the city is returned to imperial splendor through the exhibition of the travelling trade that takes place in Borgo Teresiano with operators from different European countries.
Not to be missed by sailing enthusiasts is the Barcolana, a sailing regatta par excellence that takes place on the second Sunday of October and takes its name from the Riviera of Trieste so loved by its inhabitants. A real party of the sea.
To animate the Christmas period lively and welcoming markets with the characteristic stalls and the living nativity scene set up in the Piazza Sant'Antonio.
And to highlight the link between the city and coffee culture, there is not only the Triestespresso Expo, a biennial event for professionals in the sector, but also the event "Le vie del caffè", which began in 1998, animating the Christmas period every year with concerts, theatrical performances, mise en scène that take place directly in the city's cafes.
Discovering the cityThe splendid palaces of Trieste showcase neoclassical, liberty and baroque, cohabiting in full harmony with Roman remains and buildings of Hapsburg style. Your visit should start from the biggest sea square in the whole of Europe: Piazza Unità d'Italia, which opens on to the gulf and is surrounded by palaces and public buildings.
Illuminating the gulf is the Lighthouse of Victory, built on one of the bastions of an old Austrian fort, also serves as a memorial for the fallen World War I.
The main religious building is the Basilica of San Giusto: the cathedral was born from the fusion of the church dedicated to the Vergine Assunta and the one dedicated to San Giusto. Worthy of note is the Gothic rose window inserted into the sandstone with which the façade and the bell tower were made.
The Triestines have a real passion for coffee: this is the city of cafes, historic places with their own retro charm that recall the Middle European past and are inextricably linked to literature. A must stop in the oldest, the Caffè Tommaseo, or at Caffè Tergesteo, known for its stained glass windows depicting historical episodes of the city.
Take your rental car to visit the Castle of Miramare, once the residence of Massimiliano d’Asburgo-Lorena, overlooking the gulf and surrounded by a beautiful park, or that of Duino, historical residence of the princes Von Thurm und Taxis, which stands on a rocky spur above the sea.
In Borgo, about fifteen kilometers from the city, to admire the famous Grotta Gigante, the largest cave open to the public full of stalactites and stalagmites