Trieste is the least Italian a part of Italy – on a map it seems to be prefer it ought to belong to the Balkans. It was as soon as one of many greatest sea ports on the planet and has an incredible historical past. Climb onto the Karst, although, and it’s instantly completely different: the ocean and metropolis under, the odor of ice within the air, and the huge stretch of limestone, going up into Slovenia and past, swathes of flaky gray stone, riddled with caves and sinkholes.