Parallel to our elegant Balbi street, conceived as a triumphal entrance to the city for travelers – from the most beautiful station building, through the square with the monumental Columbus – A Cristoforo Colombo dalla Patria (“Christopher Columbus – from the Motherland” – this is written on the monument to the great discoverer, who is home to no one didn’t contribute to his famous expedition), past the ancient hotels, palaces and the university (the university is also a few palaces with lions on the stairs, hanging gardens, courtyards, etc.) is a long, narrow ay, dark and scary street Pre. Behind her, just twenty meters away, the port begins. Now, of course, the port is no longer quite a port. More recently, the famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano, who became famous, like most famous Genoese, outside of his Patria, with a wave of his hand turned Old Harbor, or Porto Antico (I beg you, do not try to translate antico as “antique”!), In a white and clean walking zone. The Genoese immediately fell in love with the new version of Old Harbor, now they are actively walking there, foreign tourists are lining up to visit the largest Continue reading
“Ladies and gentlemen! Our plane landed at the airport of Trieste. We are glad to welcome you in Italy,” a pleasant male baritone informs. Out of Moscow habit, we frantically grab onto mobile phones – and here is your first surprise! My mobile operator greeted me in the territory of … Slovenia, and a neighbor received an SMS with roaming tariffs for the territory of Croatia. “And it turns out I am in Austria!” – admired the girl on the left. Perhaps nothing better than this episode will describe Friuli-Venezia Giulia, perhaps the most unique Italian region with Roman roots, a Venetian past, an Austrian accent and Slovenian hospitality.
Lignano – Little Florida
“Ciao! Bianvenutti and Italy!” – the guide welcomes us, a pretty girl with a strange name for the Italian Linda. Continue reading