There is a major shift in the landscape halfway between Venice
to Trieste. Around Venice the land is rich and fertile. Every square metre is cultivated, with vineyards and farmhouses covering the landscape. Then around the border between Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia everything changes. The vines and houses dissapear and the plains turn into hills covered with low broken shrubs. The limestone bedrock drains away the water, creating dry parched soils so very different from those around Venice.
Trieste is a very old Roman town, but has been stamped much harder with the Austrian imprint. Founded in 178 BCE, Trieste lost much of its wealth in the chaos following the fall of the Roman Empire. In 1382 Trieste voluntarily joined the Austrian Empire, where it stayed for more than 500 years, only joining Italy as part of the post-WWI Austrian punishment. The grand buildings around Piazza Sant’Antonio and Piazza Dell ’Unita D’Italia are pure 18th century Austro-Hungrian architecture and the city looks far more like Vienna than Rome. The fresh days of spring are perfect for wandering around the city, with the sun bathing us in its warm glow and every minature dog owner taking their pampered pooch out for a spring walk.