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Last updateLun, 27 Feb 2017 8pm

Get a ride: the historical tram from Trieste to Opicina is running again. The photos

Get a ride: the historical tram from Trieste to Opicina is running again. The photos

Trieste - The tram that leads to Opicina from Trieste, on the Carso plateau, is an historical memory of the city. The line was opened on September 9, 1902.

In those days, it seemed a good idea to connect the city to the Carso, given the economic and demographic expansion of Trieste and its surroundings.

At the beginning of XX Century Trieste knew a prosperous period due to its port and its trade. Since 1867, the city was the capital of the region called "Adriatic Coast" (Adriatisches Küstenland) in the Austro-Hungarian empire.

The tram was built to get a quick and easy link between the city and its agricultural suburb. At the beginning there was a stretch of rack railway. Then, in 1928, it was replaced by a cable railway.

The approximately 5 km line has been restored on several occasions and in different periods. After being closed for nearly two years, the train is running again.

A sunny day gives a fantastic opportunity for locals and tourists to take a ride on the historic line and enjoy the view on the gulf of Trieste.

(Photographs by Stefano Savini):

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(Credits: Savinimages. Under Creative Commons Licence)

Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium will have its statutory seat in Trieste

Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium will have its statutory seat in Trieste

Trieste - Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, European consortium for research infrastructures (Ceric-Eric) for life sciences and nanotechnology will have its statutory seat in Trieste, Italy, by the Research Area in Kras.

Ceric-Eric will put together national multidisciplinary analytical, synthesis and sample preparation capabilities of six countries, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

With an investment of over 100 million euros, Ceric aggregates centers that develop and make available to researchers and industries the most advanced analytical tools for the research.

The new European legal entity Ceric-Eric will exploit the full scientific potential of the Central European area in the synchrotron light and other microscopic probes for analytical and modification techniques for a broad range of applications in the fields of life sciences, nanoscience and nanotechnology, cultural heritage, environment and materials sciences.

Ceric will be instrumental in overcoming fragmentation and fully exploiting the members' capabilities to outreach and attract users at world level, and to connect with capabilities and resources at international level.

"Ceric is the first European consortium for research infrastructures with a registered office in Italy. We are particularly proud of this result and, more importantly, to have been chosen to host the consortium in Trieste, by Elettra" said the president of Elettra Synchrotron Trieste, Carlo Rizzuto.

(photo: Gabriele Crozzoli. All rights reserved)

Flash mob in Venice against big cruise ships. Costa Fascinosa and Costa Magica will dock in Trieste

Flash mob in Venice against big cruise ships. Costa Fascinosa and Costa Magica will dock in Trieste

Trieste - While top Cruise company Costa Crociere has already signed (July 2014) an agreement with Friuli Venezia Giulia region to move the bigger ships from Venice to Trieste, the environmental associations set up a flash mob in Venice on 10th August, in the San Marco square, to protest against the choice of keeping cruise ships in the lagoon.

In fact, the region Veneto has moved ahead with plans to block big cruise ships from sailing past Venice's historic center, authorizing an environmental study for an alternate route that it hopes will still satisfy the city's key tourism industry.

Cruise ships currently can pass within 300 meters (1,000 feet) of Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square, granting a stunning view to those aboard but presenting a jarring sight against the backdrop of Venice's Byzantine architecture.

(Photo credits: Stefano Savini and Greenreport)
Residents, activists and environmentalists have long opposed cruise ship traffic in Venice. They balked at the decision Friday by a commission of government ministers and local officials authorizing a study into using the Contorta Sant'Angelo canal.

The group "No Big Ships" called it the worst choice and insisted that big cruise ships must be kept out of the lagoon altogether.

In the meanwhile, the ships Costa Fascinosa (114.500 tons, 3.800 passengers) and Costa Magica (102.600 tons, 3.470 passengers) will dock in Trieste.


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