I often travel to Trieste, which houses the Generali Group head office—we are a joint venture between Future Group of India and Insurance major Generali Group of Italy.
Being a port city, the first thing you notice upon arriving in Trieste is the amazing view of the clear blue Adriatic Sea. This city reflects the artistic and cultural heritage of old Europe. There are large elegant buildings and castles all across the city, bearing the signature of old Roman and Austrian architecture.
Nothing beats the charm of strolling through the city and admiring the beauty of its architecture as well as views of the harbour. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle or board a bus to move around. However, since the city is not too large, I find it more convenient to walk.
My favourite hotel in Trieste is Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace. It is centrally located, with all the major attractions nearby. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and offer stunning views of the Gulf of Trieste. This is a historic building that truly reflects the grandeur of 19th century architecture: The huge columns across the lobby, the Belle Époque-style skylight above the lounge, the rich furnishings in the rooms. The hotel’s Savoy Restaurant is a great place to enjoy local cuisines while enjoying the breath-taking views of the sea. Moreover, they also have a well-stocked library. What better way to wind up a busy day than read your favourite novel!
You can also stay at Hotel Victoria, Hotel NH Trieste and Urban Hotel Design, all of which are centrally located.
Most of the hotels offer well-equipped meeting rooms where you can conduct business meets if you don’t have an office. There are also quite a few good cafes where you can have informal business meetings.
Trieste is a sea-food lover’s paradise. However, since I am a vegan, I mostly enjoy the pizza and spaghetti offered by the small restaurants and cafes all across the town. Zoe Food is one of my favourite restaurants for its assortment of organic food from all over the world. If you are planning to visit during Easter, you must taste pinza, which is a sweet bread baked by local women.
(This story appears in the 02 October, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)