The second stop of my Europe field school trip is Trieste. It is at the northeastern corner of Italy and borders Slovenia. However, when I looked at the buildings in this city, I wondered if I came to another part of Austria. Do you know which building is in which city in the below picture?
The building styles are extremely similar in both cities.
Another surprising fact is that there is a Protestant church, Chiesa Evangelica, right behind our hotel. I never knew that it was allowed in an Italy city.
There is even an Orthodox church at the end of the canal.
Trieste only became a part of Italy after WWI. Before that, Habsburg ruled this region for more than 500 years. Thus, many buildings in the city look similar to those in Vienna. It was a multicultural city with many ethnic groups, and they built their own church after receiving rights from the emperor.
Trieste may not have the Italian look, but the food here is for sure Italian. The pasta and the pizza were delicious.
Bonus: Slovenia day trip on July 1
Trieste is at the border of Slovenia and also close to Croatia. On July 1, we drove to Slovenia and see two castles. They were impressive!