Da qualche anno a questa parte, del tutto inaspettatamente, causa la mia condizione di migrante, passo le mie ferie estive (sol, mar, osmiza) e quelle natalizie (bora, iazo, agriturismo) a Trieste. Mai nella mia vita avrei pensato di considerare la mia cittá una meta turistica…ma nella vita no se pol mai saver, siora Nina.
A condividere con me queste vacanze cultural-eno-gastronomiche-visitaparenti c’e’ John, giá diventato Gianni per i muloni, a cui ho posto alcune domande per capire meglio la sua opinione sulla nostra bela Tarieste che io ho sempre, quando ci vivevo, un po’ sottovalutato e che ora, con la distanza, ho imparato ad amare. D’altra parte come diseva i Cinderella, no te sa cossa che te ga finché no te lo perdi.
When did you first visit Trieste?
In 1994 to watch the CL game between Milan and Ajax. Unfortunately our bus was too late and we went straight to the stadium.
What has been your first impression?
About 13 years later I met this “card playing”girl from Trieste and my first real encounter with the city was impressive. It feels so much bigger then an average Dutch city because of the hills. The location, history and language/culture made me fell in love with the city.
What are your feelings now that you know it better?
So far I have enjoyed every visit and each time I learn new things about Trieste and surroundings, which is a good sign.
Which are your favorite places in Trieste?
– Canovella: my favourite place to descent towards the sea and go snorkeling.
– Barcola: the only place in Europe so far which gave me the feeling of walking on the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
– Molo Audace and surroundings: great to enjoy the view on the city by day and night
What is the first thing you do when you arrive here?
-Order a Spritz con Aperol at Bar Vatta to enjoy the buzz and fuzz of Villa Opicina.
What do you dislike?
One of the worst things bothering me is the underdeveloped old harbor area. It has such a potential, but it looks like nobody is caring. Just too bad.
What can be improved?
Although I have just found out that there is a Universita del caffe, there is not much else that resembles Trieste being the hometown of Illy. Like Maranello is associated to Ferrari, Trieste should be representing itself more like the hometown of Illy by for example opening a museum near the factory and open the factory to visitors. This is just an example of what should be more exploited in my opinion.
What are the main differences between Trieste and The Hague, your hometown?
First of all the landscape. Holland/The Hague is flat while Trieste and surroundings consists of hills. Second, the mix of people from different races is not clearly visible as in The Hague. Third, the different seasons in climate and ease of access to different kinds of nature.
Which places/activities would you recommend to a Dutch coming for the first time in Trieste?
Difficult to say what I would recommend to a Dutch person as there is no stereotype Dutch person, but with first time visitors I would enter the city via the road from Canovella to Trieste, as it is one of the most beautifull arrivals in the world in my opinion. Then take a walk on the pier to enjoy the view on the sea, city and its hills, have a sandwich in Da Pepi and enjoy an icecream at gelateria Marco. To end the first day, I would visit the impressive Grotta Gigante ending with a dinner at Milic in Sagrado.