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james joyce trieste


The statue of James Joyce was created by the Trieste sculptor Nino Spagnoli and placed in Ponterosso on the Grand Canal in 2004 to commemorate the centenary of the Irish writer’s arrival in Trieste.
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Under the statue a plaque

recalls the writer’s deep bond with the city of Trieste. The 16th June of every year in Trieste since 2010 is Bloomsday the symbolic date in which James Joyce’s scholars and passionate readers all over the world celebrate the Irish writer. of the hero of the novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, through the streets of his Dublin.

James Joyce arrived in Trieste on October 20, 1904 with his partner Nora Barnacle to work as a teacher at the Berlitz School. Unfortunately the place was no longer available and was sent to Pula where there was a new school location. He returned to Trieste in 1905 at the birth of his first son Giorgio and in the meantime he was joined by his brother Stanislaus who began to work at the Berlitz School. In 1907, after a period in Rome where he worked as a clerk at Nast, Kolb & Schumacher Bank, he returned to Trieste. Here he lectured on behalf of the Popular University and published Chamber Music. He began to teach private students belonging to the Trieste high bourgeoisie, including Italo Svevo. Between the two began a deep relationship of friendship and mutual respect.

Italo Svevo had already published his first two books “Una Vita” and “Senilità”, but no one had dealt with them. Joyce read them and urged Svevo to keep writing. Meanwhile Joyce’s life was divided between private lessons, the chair at the Revoltella Higher School of Commerce, the conferences at the Popular University and his first publications Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners also arrived. He began to design the first parts of the Ulysses.

At the outbreak of the First World War he had to leave Trieste for Zurich to return in October 1919, remaining there until June 1920. During this period Joyce wrote Nausicaa and Oxen of the Sun, two episodes of Ulysses, and began the episode entitled Circe. He moved to Paris and never returned to Trieste. Ulysses was published in 1922.


Built between 1901 and 1905, inspired by the architecture of the Renaissance and the style of the Viennese Secession, designed by the Viennese architect Immanuel Artmann, it was the seat of the Austrian Lieutenancy.

It is a wonderful building embellished by a Florentine loggia with a decoration of Murano glass mosaics.

In the upper part of the external facade, facing the square, there are drawings, allegorical heads and medallions with the coat of arms of the House of Savoy made after the First World War, replacing the original mosaics, designed by Giuseppe Straka of Vienna, which featured elements of Austrian derivation . Today the building houses the offices of the Government Commissariat in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region as well as those of the Prefecture. High personalities of the State and of Foreign States, on an official visit to the city and the region, are welcomed by the large and majestic halls of national government representation.

palazzo vanoli piazza unità d'italia trieste


Palazzo Vanoli which is currently the site of the Grand Hotel Duchi D’Aosta, already in ancient times from the fourteenth-century “Hospitium Magnum” to the Renaissance “Locanda del Porto”, gave hospitality to foreign merchants who came to Trieste to stock up on sailors and goods .
palazzo vonoli piazza unità d'italia trieste

In 1700 it became the “Locanda Grande” owned by the Municipality and the main hotel in the city. The emperors Joseph II and Leopold II, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Admiral Orazio Nelson stayed there, among others.

The inn was restored around 1767 by the Udine architect Giovanni Fusconi and on June 8, 1768, the archaeologist and art historian J. Winckelmann, who was staying there, was assassinated by the chef Francesco Arcangeli. The “Locanda Grande” was demolished in 1867 and in its place, in 1873, the architects Eugenio Geiringer and Giovanni Righetti built the current building with the function of hotel and restaurant.
palazzo vonoli piazza unità d'italia trieste

Originally it was called Hotel Garni, then Vanoli managed by the hotelier Pietro Vanoli, where in 1912 electricity was introduced. From 1972 it became the Gran Hotel Duchi d’Aosta and Harry’s Bar, owned by the Benvenuti family.

palazzo pitteri piazza unità d'italia trieste


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The building originally housed the Piccardi houses and the Locanda Grande, accommodation for passing foreigners, then in 1780, by order of the shopkeeper Domenico Plenario, the architect Ulderico Moro designed a building in the Triestine neoclassical style with baroque influences and rococo. In 1801 the palace was bought by Giovanni Lovovitz. In 1834 the entire property passed to the scholar Riccardo Pitteri. In 1880 the Caffè Flora was opened on the ground floor at the behest of Giuseppe Mander. During the day the Café was the meeting place for the choristers of the Verdi theater, located adjacent to the Piazza, while at night it was frequented by the proletarian inhabitants of Cittavecchia. In 1982 the architects Celli and Tognon made a general renovation of the building. The building later became the property of the Lloyd Adriatico insurance company.

Piazza Unità d'Italia trieste


At the entrance to Piazza Unità d’Italia, coming from Piazza della Borsa, where the Palazzo del Magistrato once stood,

palazzo del municipio piazza unità d'italia trieste

 in 1875 the Palazzo del Municipio was designed by the architect Giuseppe Bruni. The style of the facades is characterized by a mixture of Parisian style and Germanic mannerism. palazzo del municipiopiazza unità d'italia trieste

The Palazzo initially did not appeal to the people of Trieste who nicknamed it “Cheba” palace, or “Cage” palace, due to the shape that resembles a huge cage for birds, but also “Sipario” palace, since with its imposing size it was able to hide the ruins and the ugliness of the houses of the Old Town that were behind it. The ground floor is made up of round arches that reproduce the idea of a portico, while on the upper floors there are numerous windows divided into mullioned windows and three-mullioned windows.

palazzo del municipio piazza unità d'italia triesteComposed of two lateral bodies of four floors in height, and a central body higher than one floor and characterized by the clock tower, on top of which two bronze Moors, nicknamed Micheze and Jacheze from Trieste (Their names derive from the Slovenian “Mihec” and “Jakec” which means Michael and James), mark the time every quarter of an hour. The first twelve chimes of noon were heard on January 14, 1876.

palazzo del municipio piazza dell'unità triesteThe two statues recall the two Moors installed in 1517 on the Clock Tower, also called Torre del Porto, or Torre del Mandracchio which was the door to the square (then Piazza Grande or Piazza San Pietro) which overlooked the ancient port of the city .

palazzo del municipio piazza unità d'italia triesteCurrently on the Town Hall tower are two copies of the original statues found at the entrance to the castle of San Giusto.