People enjoying coffee at a famous coffeeshop at the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the main square in Trieste.

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Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia


This vast public space – Italy's largest sea-facing piazza – is an elegant triumph of Austro-Hungarian town planning and contemporary civil pride. Flanked by the city's grandest palazzi, including Palazzo del Municipio, Trieste's 19th-century city hall, it's a good place for a drink or a chat, or simply for a quiet moment staring out at ships on the horizon.

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