Triest's 300th anniversary to spread over 2019
Trieste was granted free port status by the German Emperor Charles VI on 18 March 1719. In the following three centuries, the Italian port played a fundamental role in trade relations between the Old World and the Orient.
The decision of Charles VI and his successor, Maria Theresia, to make Trieste the leading port in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy encouraged many companies to settle in the city.
To mark the 300th anniversary on 18 March 2019, the Eastern Adriatic port authority has planned several festivities that will take place throughout the year.
Today's vision of the political-economic project that was conceived three centuries ago, provides a good occasion to mull over the present and future of the free port of Trieste, as well as its development strategies and plans. (kd)