‘The wind makes Karst people stay in, and gives them character’: walker and author Nick Hunt

For the Stanford’s Travel Book of the Year nominee, the Bora wind influences every part of life on this wild plateau – straddling Italy and Slovenia – from the architecture to the inhabitants and their food

Trieste is the least Italian part of Italy – on a map it looks like it should belong to the Balkans. It was once one of the biggest sea ports in the world and has an amazing history. Climb onto the Karst, though, and it’s immediately different: the sea and city below, the smell of ice in the air, and the vast stretch of limestone, going up into Slovenia and beyond, swathes of flaky grey stone, riddled with caves and sinkholes.

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