The origin of Trieste can be traced back to the stone age. It was conquered by the Romans and in the 2nd century BC it was already an important port and trading center, known as Tergeste. Today it still is one of the major ports on the Adriatic Sea with approximately 230,000 inhabitants. The town also serves as capital for the region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.
Trieste, a border city with many faces, like all sea ports shows the signs of the passage of different civilizations and cultures, and its charm derives from this. It was the main access to sea for the Hapsburg Empire, and today it still preserves its central European flavor, with its palaces of stern design and large squares and avenues. But Trieste is also a multiethnic city: a crossroads of cultures, throughout the centuries it has been the home of various communities; this tradition hasn't stopped, and a large part of the recent revival is due to its cultural institutions, that draw young people from all over the world.
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Trieste has a Mediterranean climate similar to Venice. The days are mostly sunny and warm.
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