Monday, August 31, 2009


Old public washtubs in disuse. (S.Croce)

Sunday, August 30, 2009


(Miramare Park)

Saturday, August 29, 2009


back tomorrow

Friday, August 28, 2009

Miramare park

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Curtain of light

The windows of the General Registry Office are lit up by the sun as it is setting, and their reflection adorns the facade of a historic building.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ugo Guarino

This huge mural has adorned a hidden corner of the old town for many years now. It bears the signature of certain Ugo Guarino. And that's all I can tell you about it. I've found info on one Ugo Guarino, a painter, graphic designer and sculptor, who was born in 1927. In 1972, he began working with Franco Basaglia's team on the closure of the mental hospitals. Is it the same person? And what does this mural mean? Does anyone out there know anything about it? Can you quench my curiosity??

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The dog of Trieste

(a dog in San Giacomo. Photo by Lionella)

"El can de Trieste" (The dog of Trieste) is a famous song by Lelio Luttazzi.
The song is about a lonely man far from his beloved Trieste. So a friend called Trevisan gives him a dog, that was born in an Osteria. But this dog is always sad and Trevisan explains why in the refrain: "Only in front of a bottle of wine, does that son of a dog jump all over me in happiness, because he's a son of Trieste and he likes wine". So the man learns to drink from his dog. He's aware he'll probably die because he's drinking too much but he's happy, as his dog is now happy.

Listen to the song

El can de Trieste

Xe tanti ani ormai
che son lontan de ti
vecia Trieste mia
son resta' solo e
gavevo voja de
voja de compagnia
alora Trevisan
ma ga' manda' un bel can
nato in un' osteria
pero' quel fiol de un can
quel fiol d'un can d'un can
el era sempre triste
no' l me fazzeva mai le feste
gnanca a mi
che so el suo paron
alora go manda' una cartolina
una cartolina de protesta
alora el mulo Trevisan me ga' risposto
el me ga' spiega' perche'
Solo davanti
aun fiasco de vin
quel fiol d'un can fa le feste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
aun fiasco de vin
quel fiol d'un can fa le feste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
e ghe piasi il vin!

Da qualche mese in qua
a bever go impara'
come un facchin del porto
e in 'sta maniera so
che un giorno sentiro'
la mia campana a morto
ma chi se ne.... (pardon)
che i fazzi pur din don
se moriro' contento
perche' quel fiol d'un can
quel fiol d'un can d'un can
el xe cussi' beato
adesso me lecca come un mato
perche' spuzzo sempre piu' de vin
e so che'l me vol ben
che go' un amico
per la prima volta in vita mia
e a mi me basta un ano
de 'sta bela vita
e po' sara' quel che sara'....
Solo davanti
aun fiasco de vin
quel fiol d'un can fa le feste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
aun fiasco de vin
quel fiol d'un can fa le feste
perche' xe un can de Trieste
e ghe piasi il vin!
e ghe piasi il vin!
e ghe piasi il vin!
e ghe piasi il vin!

Monday, August 24, 2009

3 windows (2)

A steep narrow lane leading up to Muggia Castle.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

3 windows (1) ...

... and another section of the facade seen yesterday - on the right, of course.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


The facade of Muggia Cathedral (1263).

Friday, August 21, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

The gulf in a purplish orange summer dusk.

See more Skywatch here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


It's time to leave the tower and cross the small gulf towards Muggia, the village nestled in the only part of the Istrian peninsula which was left to Italy after the Paris (1947) and Osimo (1975) Treaties.

In this photo you can make out the Bell Tower (centre left) and the Castle on the right.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Naval dockyard

And here finally: the tower of the Naval dockyard, guarded by the two lions I posted yesterday and the day before.

The walls of the Lloyd Austriaco dockyard, designed in the mid nineteenth century, are covered in white limestone from the quarries of Pula in Croatia.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lions (2)

The other lion watching over the "Torre del Lloyd". Definitely in bad shape, perhaps because he is less sheltered from the wind which has eroded away all his mane.

Monday, August 17, 2009


One of the lions on guard at the Lloyd Austriaco Tower.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Another shot of the Church of the "Madonna del Mare dei Frati Minori"

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Another section of "Campo Marzio Smistamento"

See more Skywatch here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The bather

Statue portraying a bather, known as 'La Mula de Trieste' (young lady from Trieste, in dialect), as she undresses, looking out over the sea.
by Nino Spagnoli (1920-2005).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Live in Piazza Unità

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Goldoni Square heavily manipulated.

Monday, August 10, 2009

4 in a row

From left to right: the People's Library, the seventeenth century Church of Beata Vergine del Rosario, the eighteenth century Marenzi palazzo and at the very back the modern facade of the General Registry Office (1954-58).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sistiana Jetty

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The missing part


(Beware slippery shoreline)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Frati Minori

Church of the "Madonna del Mare dei Frati Minori" (1957).
There's an interesting story about this church. The town council, in order to help the poor monks finish its construction, which was becoming a long dragged out affair due to a lack of funds, gave the congregation a lot of stone from old tombs which had been removed from the Sant'Anna cemetery. This is why the white stones, dotted up the pillars and on the facade, used to bear and some still bear the names and dates of a distant past.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Salone degli incanti

One of the entrances of the former fishmarket.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Acquario (1)

On the evening of April 21 1933, the new town Acquarium was inaugurated, attended by the town's VIPs.

The building was built alongside the
Fishmarket so that the same water system could be used for both.

Still now the very same system is used for supplying water to the tanks: the water is pumped in from the end of the wharf with powerful pumps which drive it into two containers holding about 5000 litres each, placed at 10 metres above ground level, in the clock tower. It is then carried into the tanks along water ducts.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Windows, windows, windows.
For more, click on the "windows" label

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Monte Grisa Temple

See this old post for more details

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Court house