Trieste, the Congress host city, is located in Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region, an active promoter of reading and literature for children and young adults.
Situated on the Adriatic coast in an area of great natural beauty, Trieste’s long artistic heritage makes it a crossroads between East and West, a cosmopolitan city where different cultures, languages and traditions have long mingled.
Trieste has a rich literary and poetic heritage. It inspired great Italian and European authors like Umberto Saba, Italo Svevo and James Joyce, who frequented its famous literary cafés, still much-loved today by writers and intellectuals.
It is home to several publishing houses for children.
Trieste is also a city of science, home to a series of training and research institutions, centres and laboratories of international renown.