The many faces of Trieste

Every city has something that gives it that unique charm, whether it’s ancient architecture, a fascinating history or a quirky nightlife. But there is one element that has us talking about a place long after we leave: the people. From the humble shopkeeper to the extravagant politician, each one has a part to play in creating the individualism of each city.


The people of Italy are known to be larger than life and Trieste is no different. In just a few days you will meet a range of people, with a colourful past to match the city itself. For hundreds of years Trieste was part of the Austrian Empire, until it returned to Italy in 1954. Here are just some of the people you could meet on your next visit.


This happy-go-lucky chap seemed extremely excited when seeing me walking around. He had an addictive personality and relished the opportunity to show his acrobatic prowess in front of a camera.


I’m not quite sure what this man said to me, but his smile is infectious and he seemed more than happy to have a picture taken next to the Fountain of the Four Continents in the Piazza Unità d’Italia Fountain.


Hidden behind some winding backstreets, in front of some stylish bars, this relaxed man set up one of the best book markets I’ve ever seen.


Homelessness is a reality for many big cities in Europe. I met this very kind woman in an underpass, begging for change. I was the first person to give her money that day and she kindly agreed to let me take a photo.


A charming musician, busking on the streets of Trieste; he hadn’t made much money but he seemed to be enjoying himself.

These are just some of the people I met on my last trip to Trieste. But who knows who you will meet when you’re there?

8 Replies to “The many faces of Trieste”

  1. I agree the people that you meet while traveling make or break your trip. I like to interact as much as possible with locals and also other travelers. I have made some great friends this way.

  2. I know people that don’t like Paris because of the people they met there. People will make the place and Italians are wonderful. I should know, I’m married to one! The people of Trieste look happy and welcoming. Nice post

  3. Despitie being so many times in Trieste (am from Slovenia) never paid attention to details and your post is just about that. You really cought the vibes through people! I can even smell the coffee in the air!:)

  4. I love seeing photos of locals in their natural environment, and these shots are great! It’s not always easy to approach strangers and ask them if they mind having their photo taken. I love interacting with locals, too, but I’m a bit too shy to ask them for a photo.

  5. You are sharing an interesting point of view! Great idea! I’ve been to Trieste but really didn’t experience it that way at all. Very original. Well done!

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