Hotel Barbara Fiesa
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The old city of Trieste is on a hilltop rather than along the harbor. Like most
places dating from the Roman era through medieval times, defense was an
important consideration in its siting. The Cathedral of San Giusto is mostly
Romanesque in style and not very large by European standards but with some
great Byzantine mosaics. I was lucky to have gotten to the bell tower a few
minutes before noon so got to be present for the deafening noise ...
... From there I continued onwards in the rain more or less
along the Italian border to Nova Gorica and up the Soca Valley to a quaint town
named Kobarid. I stopped in pouring rain when I saw a hostel sign in the middle
of town. The hostel consisted of a few rooms above the office of a tour company
which does river rafting, mountain biking, and other adrenaline sport trips in
the area. I arrived right before it was set to close for the evening. Not only
... and more appealing because of its harbor, large central square, city walls on its land side, and a church complex on the hill above town. The Parish Church of Saint George is especially well endowed with works of art, including a statue of crucified Christ that’s considered one of the most important works of Slovenian medieval art.
Like Croatian Istria, Piran and the rest of Slovenian’s ...
At 9 am sharp, our guide, Goran arrived and we set off for a tour of Rovinj where the signs are all in both Croatian and Italian because of the dominance of the Venician Empire on this part of Croatia. Both languages are required in school which makes it very easy for us Americans. Goran was a walking history book and we learned the entire history and development from beginning to the present. It felt ...
... that creates the city's distinctive mix. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the city was popular as a summer vacation spot for the Austrian nobility, and the city itself has a refined feel, and a uniquely sophisticated charm which has been enchanting visitors for many years. It's a wonderful place to visit for a few days, perhaps after a trip to Venice, but be warned, ...