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?