Located on the North-Eastern border of Italy, surrounded by the Adriatic sea on one side and by Karst mountains on the other, Trieste is a charming mix of different cultures, religions, architectural styles and natural landscapes. Influenced by its Austrian and Italian heritage, the city is only a few kilometres from the border with Slovenia, and it shows many signs of its cultural proximity to Eastern and Central Europe.

Far from the mass tourism of the nearby Venice and Croatian coasts, Trieste is considered an Italian hidden gem, and it was listed as one of the most interesting unsung destinations in the world by Lonely Planet.

Being for centuries the port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its fourth biggest city, Trieste was a multicultural, multilingual town, and its cafés were animated by writers such as James Joyce, Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba. Others who lived in Trieste and who left their mark include Stendhal, Sigmund Freud, Rainer Maria Rilke and Richard Francis Burton.

The importance given to culture and the international melting pot are still reflected in one of the most important hallmarks of Trieste: with the constitution of several national and international institutions devoted to promoting scientific and technological research, Trieste well deserves its designation as Town of Science.

Trieste is also the location of many international cultural events, such as the Latin-American Film Festival, the Alpe-Adria Film Festival, the Science+Fiction Film Festival and the TriesteLovesJazz International Jazz festival.