Friday, October 31, 2008

Skywatch Friday post

There was a completely different feel to Molo Audace yesterday morning compared to the relaxed atmosphere photographed there a couple of weeks ago (see 11 October) .
A strong southwest wind (libeccio) raged across the gulf. The sea was swelling up and the high tide whooshed the water right up over the wharf.
The early morning black clouds were rapidly crowding together, looming over the sleepy town.

See more Skywatch here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Botazzo is a tiny little hamlet nestled in the depths of Val Rosandra, right on the border with Slovenia, which you can see behind it.
After an hour's trek from the nearest road, you can quench your thirst with a glass of good Terrano red wine and treat yourself to some gnocchi and goulasch in the little trattoria there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


This statue of a putto is part of a fountain (1753 – Mazzoleni) situated in piazza Ponterosso. The putto is familiarly known as Giovannin de Ponterosso (Little John), as the water in the fountain comes from the San Giovanni (Saint John) district.

The flower, fruit and vegetable market sellers to this day still fondly adorn it with fresh flowers each year on June 24th, Saint John's day.
It was shrouded in black mourning veils on the day of Umberto I of Savoy's assassination, which took place in Monza on July 29th 1900.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spaghetti junction

The project for linking the port to the motorway is known as the "Great Triestine Road Network".
In 1988 the first stretch was opened to traffic. In a few days' time, to the joy of the environmentalists who have for years protested against any further destruction, the project will be completed.
The spaghetti junction in this photo shows just a small part of the humongous road works it has involved: bridges, link roads and tunnels have all completely destroyed our green suburbs; indeed this mass of asphalt has replaced what was, till 18 months ago, a beautiful little country road. There are just a few finishing touches to be made before the interminable traffic of articulated lorries can finally begin.
Down with nature! Long live (unrestrainable) progress!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Living statues

In front of Piazza Unità.
The Tuareg I posted yesterday looked real but was made of cardboard, these men are real (trust me even if you can't see them close enough) but to me they look like living statues.

Well, there is one statue actually: the one holding the flag.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


It's not every day that you come across a Tuareg in full costume wandering across Piazza Sant'Antonio... and indeed, if you look closely enough, you'll understand why...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A flower to Sofia !!

A crocus to the Sofia Daily Photo Blogger who honored me with this nice Friends award!
Thank you!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Skywatch Friday Post

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Come by and buy

As yesterday's quotation was very challenging, for today we have rather more prosaic words: a no-nonsense but fun marketing policy written in big letters on the shop window of a fishmonger's

Mantis shrimps from the Gulf
Chubby - Outsized
Little mackerel - sardines
Local white-meat
Leg of swordfish
Suckling Monkfish - Dalmatian John Dory

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Museo Revoltella - part3

An installation in the museum entrance hall. A rectangular fountain, and a small spiral staircase that recalls the helical flight of stairs in the adjoining eighteenth century palazzo. On the wall you can read a gigantic quotation from Plato's Phaedo. The installation was designed by Gerhard Merz in 1990.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Museo Revoltella - part 2

The flight of steps and a marble statue inside the palazzo of the Baron.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Museo Revoltella

Via Diaz, The Revoltella Museum.
Yesterday I visited two temporary exibitions hosted in the Museum and took some pictures, of course. So tomorrow I'll show you the inside of the building.
As there were some road works going on outside the building I couldn't take the picture I wanted to, so here is a ... painting from wikipedia.

The Revoltella Museum was opened in 1872 in the palazzo belonging to Baron Revoltella (1795 - 1869).
Thanks to the frequent purchases and substantial donations made to the museum from the early years, the collection soon outgrew the exhibition space available, and the Municipality of Trieste decided to purchase the two buildings contiguous to the Baron’s 18th century residence, Palazzo Brunner and Palazzo Basevi.
In 1963 Carlo Scarpa was commissioned a project to extend and refurbish the three buildings. The works took a long time and only after several years and a few partial openings, was the museum completed and inaugurated in 1993.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Towards Utopia

Enter the Via Carducci photobooth and find your Shangri-La

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Teatro Politeama Rossetti

The theatre (seats 1531).
The building was designed by
Nicolò Bruno in 1878. As the theatre is in an unusual position, nestled on the hillside, Bruno designed the main facade (with its entrance going straight into the foyer) up the steep slope you can see on the right; however the main entrance to the theatre is actually off the avenue to the left and so the foyer is on the first floor from the avenue entrance and on the ground floor from the hill entrance where the columns are.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Skywatch Friday Post:

Bad weather looms overhead!
(Have a look at the size of the boats, to see exactly how much bad weather is on its way!)

See more Skywatch here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Piazza Cornelia Romana
I like the little old lady gazing out from her iced cake of a home, as she tends her rosemary plant.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Prodotti stagionali

Covered market in Via Carducci.

I'll try to take the lady's advice written on the green notice "you get flavour and save money by consuming seasonal produce", and not be tempted ....... by strawberries in the snow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Knock knock

A tiny little door in the old town. A fountain and nobody around.
Now the hordes have left after the Barcolana, the town has settled back into its familiar peaceful atmosphere.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Barcolana 2008

There was no wind and an annoying haze in the Gulf yesterday, so for most people watching the regatta from the uplands it must have been a dead bore.
I've posted a photo very similar to the one on Monday the 6th just to emphasize how different the atmosphere was.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dona sangue

Dozens of market stands, hundreds of glittering boats, thousands of people, shipowners, skippers, helmsmen and Triestinians passing by and very little room for solidarity.
In among the thousands of busy banners, flags and banderoles, the message calling for blood donors (dona sangue) appears to have just the one balloon in its audience, a balloon that looks like it's its own white cut-out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Molo Audace

If you visit Trieste you should take a walk on the Molo Audace (jetty), which takes its name from the first Italian ship anchored there on November 3 1918.

From here you can see Trieste as if you were on a boat but you can also simply gaze into the horizon while the sun is setting, talking with your closest friends.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bragozzo - it's not competitive but it cuts a fine figure

The Bragozzo was the most commonly used fishing vessel between the 18th and 19th century, both along the coastline and out at sea. It dates much further back than that, and originally came from Chioggia (near Venice), before becoming widespread all along the coast of the Veneto region and throughout the Adriatic Sea.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


While I was out walking to see the sailing boats that are coming for the Sunday regatta, I spotted this pair and took the picture. When I then looked at the photo, I realized that everything is in pairs in this picture!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Waiting for the Barcolana 2008

I don't think he will be ready by the 12 of October!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Waiting for the Barcolana 08

In the background "la Lanterna" the old but still working lighthouse in the harbour.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Waiting for the Barcolana 08

Yesterday afternoon in the Gulf of Trieste.

For 40 years the Barcolana has been the regatta for everyone. From huge sailing yachts to small boats, from professional yachtsmen and women to the passionate amateur, the regatta is a celebration of the sea and full of competitive spirit. Some of those taking part in the race sail boats which boast the latest marine technology, with ever-larger sails to overcome Trieste’s dead calm and canting keels to fight against the Bora, Trieste’s famous wind. The race will take place for the 40th time this year on 12 October with many events on land and at sea aiming to involve the entire city, guests, competitors and many tourists during a week totally dedicated to sailing, both for young and professional sailors, great champions and beginners.(taken from

Sunday, October 5, 2008


The Alabarda, the Municipal coat of arms, is perhaps not recognizable in this arty photo.
Here's a link to the official one for anyone who happens to be interested.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sniffing petrol

Seafront of Barcola

Stazione Rogers

...they were running to the opening of the ex Rogers station (from the name of the Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers), a building which is going to become a center for cultural activities.

It's a small building, a former petrol station of the Aquila company, considered a small gem of contemporary Italian architecture.

The project dates back to the 50s and was designed by the famous Milan studio BBPR, whose members included the Triestine architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, considered one of the founders of Italian contemporary architecture.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Breaking news

The State Secretary for Relations with the Prime Minister's Office (tie on the left) was seen yesterday walking in Trieste hand in hand with our Mayor Roberto Di Piazza (tie on the right). What were they doing? Where were they going?.... more news tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Where are we?!

We are not in Trafalgar Square but in Piazza Unità. The main big square surrounded by beautiful buildings, and overlooking the sea. You don't sea much of it from this picture but we will discover it's treasures one by one in the near future, hopefully.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Main entrance to the city

Natural tunnel just before entering the city. If you look up as you drive through, you see Dante's profile jutting out from the rock. The locals all honk three times as they drive through for good luck.