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GORIZIA THE CITY OF NICKNAMES 

 

THE NICE OF AUSTRIA

Gorizia is as the name suggests, the capital of this province and was part of Austria for almost ten centuries. Starting from the year 1000 Austrian earls governed this area with their autonomous counties. In the year 1500 it was inherited by the Habsburgers. The northern influence reflects itself in the architecture but also food specialalties of this fascinating city. 

Gorizia was once called the "the Nice of Austria" because of its mild climate and the nearby beach and wellness resort on the island of Grado. It became ha favorite holiday destination for wealthy Austrians.  However, this is not the only nickname the city has. 

 

THE CURSED CITY

The town of Gorizia is built around a hill with on top of it a magnificent medieval castle. The castle , that is opened for visits, has been completely restored after the Great War, during which the city was heavily bombed and damaged by both Italian and Austrian forces to liberate Gorizia from Austria.

Therefor it's also called 'la città maledetta - the cursed city, because its liberation has cost many human lives.

Also on top of the hill there is the War Museum with objects remembering this Great War and a Fashion Museum since once there was a big silk industry in Gorizia. 

At the foot of the hill there is the old center with the main square 'Piazza della Vittoria'. Here you find the St. Ignazio church that was built by the Jesuits in the 18th century in Austrian Baroque style.. Around the square you can admire some interesting buildings and villas. See the highlights on this page.

 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Locals sometimes call Gorizia 'the sleeping beauty'. Glorious Austrian time seems to have literally stood still here at times. Not much of the splendour of the past was left due to damage from World War I but fortunately (almost) everything was rebuilt beautifully.

It is a bit of a dreamy provincial town but with a beautiful location, green parks and still some very interesting provincial museums and villas from former times that are well worth a visit.

 
THE ITALIAN BERLIN

Gorizia was divided into two by a big fence at the end of the Second World War, just like in Berlin. The Slovenia part (previous Yugoslavia) was called "Nova Gorica". In 2004 the old border crossings have been removed because Slovenia entered the European Community.  The Transalpina Square is the only square in the world where you can stand with one foot in Italy and the other in Slovenia. Certainly worth trying! 

THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE IN 2025

Gorizia has been chosen, together with its neighbour city Nova Gorica in Slovenia, the European Capital of Culture for the year 2025. 

The first time two cities of two different countries are given this role together. 

Lot's of preparations are going on in the city right now to make everything ready for that big year! Restaurantion works, creating events and exhibitions, new cycling and walking trails and much more! 

Gorizia is waiting for you and I would be happy to take you on a guided tour! 

The highlights of Gorizia:
  • The castle
  • Piazza Vittoria 
  • Sant'Ignazio church
  • Transalpina square, the borderline between Italy and Slovenia
  • Palazzo Lantieri
  • Villa Coronini
  • The war museum
  • The fashion museum
  • The Synagogue
  • The picture gallery in Palazzo Attems
  • The Gorizian wall museum
Good to combine with one of the following sights:
Sanctuary Sacrario di Redipuglia

Sanctuary Sacrario di Redipuglia

Trenches

Trenches

Sanctuary Sacrario di Redipuglia

Sanctuary Sacrario di Redipuglia

Wine area Collio

Wine area Collio

Cormòns

Cormòns

Wine area Collio

Wine area Collio

Wine area Collio

Wine area Collio

Event:

 

Each year during the last weekend of September the old city center of Gorizia changes into a world map of flavors. During the "Gusti di Frontiera' the old center is divided  into several districts. Each one of them has its own theme and cuisine specialties according to their geographical location on the map.

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