Peculiarly, the Italian city of Trieste is entirely surrounded by Slovenia. This physical isolation is underlined by cultural departures from the motherland too. With historic connections to Austria's Hapsburgs, the city also has German, Jewish, Slavic and Greek influences. This melting pot makes for a fascinating visit. You'll find this mingled history written into the walls of its ancient buildings. Well worth a visit is Castello Miramare - a 19th century castle hewn from white Istrian stone, overlooking the blue waters of the Adriatic. Dominating the city is the fortress, Castello di San Giusto, where you can enjoy picturesque views from the adjacent memorial garden. Below the castle walls is the 14th century Cattedrale di San Giusto where the remains of San Giusto (St Justus or Just) are held. If you're seeking a more laid back space to sip coffee and crunch on biscotti, then the Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, at the waterfront, is ideal. The architecture will keep you occupied as you watch the world go by, or why not toss a coin into the quaint fountain nearby? The unique atmosphere of Trieste has a special kind of appeal. With the Slovenian border just a few miles away, it's no surprise that the Slovenian language is often heard.