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Perched on a hilltop among green hills and the white limestone cliffs of the Carso ridge, the cosmopolitan city of Trieste has looked out over the deep-blue Adriatic since Roman times. Though now under Italian sovereignty and almost surrounded by Slovenia, previous Greek, Italian, Jewish, Slavic and Germanic cultures have all influenced Trieste's history. Apart from its San Giusto cathedral, castle and small medieval precinct, Trieste's architectural evolution has been dominated by Hapsburg influence resulting from its status as a free port under Austrian control.
A climb to the summit of San Giusto hill is rewarded by panoramic views of the city and the Adriatic coast, and a short scenic railway affords alternative vistas which are equally spectacular. This is great hiking country: the Via Alpina trail begins at Trieste and stretches all the way to Monaco, whilst the narrow Rilke path traverses high cliffs overlooking the beautiful Bay of Sistinia. Adriatic beaches close by provide swimming and watersports, with Grado being the favoured site. Sailing is also a popular pastime in the Gulf of Trieste. The nearby coastal town of Muggia, with its picturesque streets, and the Roman remains at Aquileia are popular visitor attractions.
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