Historically and culturally an international city, Trieste offers visitors a magic moment, which, for music and theatre lovers lasts the whole year. Events which make it worth coming to Trieste are many and here we have picked out just a few, divided by period of year, according to season or particular occasions. January and February: Trieste, and the neighbouring town of Muggia which is of Istrian and Venetian origin, prepare to celebrate Carnival. The climax of this colourful festival are processions where bands and thousands of people in costumes parade with allegorical floats. March and April: visit the city's many museums and the aquarium where marine fauna from all over the world may be seen. May and June are devoted to nature:take a walk between the sea and the sky along the Rilke path, run in the marathon, along the breath-taking, panoramic road between Monfalcone and Trieste, visit the Carsiana botanical gardens, the Giant Cave, the largest natural cavity in the world, or have something to eat in a characteristic «osmiza» on the Karst. July and August is a time to relax sunbathing and swimming, enjoying a walk in Miramare Park, evenings spent at the Festival of Operetta or at one of the many open-air shows. September and October are the most important month for lovers of sport and the sea. The «Barcolana» is the highlight of the season, the biggest international regatta in the Mediterranean in which nearly 2000 boats take part. And, for visitors who prefer dry land, the Karst is decked in her splendid autumn colours. November and December are ideal months to discover Trieste through a wide variety of events. In November, for example, the most important Antique Fair in the region is held at the Maritime Terminal; whilst in December the city's streets abound with Christmas markets and there is a rich calendar of religious occasions, the churches are alive with music and events, from the splendid Synagogue to the «golden» Serb Orthodox church, from the NeoGothic Evangelical church to the Basilica of San Giuslo as well as a large exhibition of the most original nativity scenes at Palazzo Vivante.