Trieste – the easternmost city in Italy, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a mix of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures. Once home to James Joyce and Sigmund Freud. They also have a very strong coffee culture with their own unique names for the various brews. I also happened to be there during Italy’s Republic Day, 2 June.
The ride from Venice on B roads was uneventful, mainly flat farmland.
I followed a self guided Coffee tour given to me by a friend but you can pickup a pamphlet from the Tourist Office for 3 euro which entitles you to 6 coffees at some of the more famous coffee shops in Trieste. This is a bargain considering a single coffee can cost that much. The most memorable was the Cafe San Marco which was frequented by James Joyce and has a bookshop inside. This was fun.