The Slovene influence is evident in the cuisine, heavier than your usual Italian fare. I had a soup called "jota"--beans with vegetables, meat and a bit of herbs. The main course was gnocchi - Italian enough - with mushrooms and sausage, a bit on the greasy side, just like the always over-indulgent Slavs like it. And a mezzo - 'half' (liter) - of red wine.
The Germanic influence is due to its time as part of the Habsburg Empire--like Sarajevo, Vienna and other cities, it is commemorating the events that led to WWI.
After the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the couple's bodies were transported from the Balkans to Trieste (and from there by train to Vienna). At right, a display on the Piazza Unità d'Italia (incidentally, the largest sea-front square in Europe) with photos of the funeral entourage. Although most Triestini did not sypmathize with Austrian rule, they still mourned for the slain couple. The architecture on the square, with its cream-colored facades, really does look more like Vienna than Rome or Florence.
More pics to come in the Gallery section!