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Trieste’s Point of View

By Linda Tancs

The House of Habsburg (later part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) found a pleasant respite on the peak of the rocky promontory of Grignano in the Gulf of Trieste on Italy’s northeast coast.  On that spot in 1856 Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian commissioned an ornate palace befitting his rank.  The result was Miramare Castle, an exotic blend of Gothic, medieval and Renaissance styles that remains remarkably intact.  Only a half hour by bus from the central train station in Trieste, you can admire the jaw-dropping décor and furnishings of the predominately oceanview rooms at your own pace.

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