Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy from 1382 until 1918. In the 19th century, it was the most important port of one of the Great Powers of Europe. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague).
In the fin-de-siecle period, it emerged as an important hub for literature and music. However, the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Trieste’s union to Italy after World War I led to some decline of its “Mittel-European” cultural and commercial importance. Enjoying an economic revival during the 1930s and throughout the Cold War, Trieste was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs.
Today, the city is in one of the richest regions of Italy, and has been a great centre for shipping, through its port (Port of Trieste), Shipbuilding and financial services.
The history of the Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta, dates back to 1873 (see history—> right). Located a few steps from the sea, right in the heart of Trieste, the house is a abode of relaxed Italian elegance. You can still feel the refined Austro-Hungarian atmosphere which renders this hotel unique.
The Thermarium Magnum – a charming wellness centre with swimmingpool at exclusive disposal of hotel guests – and the “Harry’s Grill”, a refined restaurant opened by Arrigo Cipriani in 1972, complete the suggestive elegance which characterizes this palace, embedded in the magnificent frame of Piazza Unità d’Italia, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.