Hotel James Joyce, Trieste ***
Located in the old Italian Adriatic coastal town of Trieste, Hotel James Joyce is one of the most characteristic hotels in the city. Built in 1770, this two-star Trieste hotel was renovated in 2003. The hotel has nine double rooms and three single rooms. View hotel
Double rooms from €54
Starhotels Savoia Excelsior, Trieste ****
Starhotels Savoia Excelsior is a splendid four-star hotel in a prime position directly opposite the Palazzo dei Congressi right in the heart of the charming Northeastern port of Trieste. The building itself is a grand historic edifice with echoes of the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian emperors who made Trieste their home many eyars ago. View hotel
Double rooms from €123
Urban Hotel Design, Trieste ****
A very nice and centrally located choice if you're looking for hotels in Trieste: the Urban Hotel Design combines elegant contemporary design with modern comforts. This four-star Trieste hotel, beneath the Hill of San Giusto, has 40 rooms all equipped with fully adjustable air conditioning, satellite and pay TV. View hotel
Double rooms from €84
Huddled up against the border with Slovenia, the city of Trieste is a Balkan city as much as an Italian one - in fact for a large part of its history this border town was part of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, only moving to Italy in 1920, as one of the spoils of the First World War. It had originally been built by Austria was its main port on the Adriatic.
Liberated from the Nazis by Tito's Yugoslav partisans at the end of World War II, the city was still argued over by Yugoslavia and Italy until the mid 1970s. Here, the Italian tongue competes with the local Venetian dialect of Triestine, while Slovene is widely spoken and you may also hear German and Hungarian.
For a long time, Trieste was on the edge of things, a faded beauty marooned against the Iron Curtain. But the thawing of the Cold War, and Slovenia's entry into the EU have slowly changed things, with a noticeable increase in cross-border traffic and trade. Its battered grandeur has long made it popular with writers - James Joyce lived and wrote here, as did Umberto Saba and Italo Svevo. The city has been tidied up revealing much of its Viennese beauty, and it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. There are the beaches on the Adriatic to the front, the white limestone cliffs to the rear, and the plateau of the Carso stretching inland.