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Gorizia: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening


Border town, it was marked by wars and culturally influenced by the intersection of Latin, Slavic and Germanic civilizations that have succeeded to its guide over the centuries. Its streets, its architecture, its language, its cuisine and its parks testify to the great history of this city and its importance as a connecting point of different worlds. Already an urban settlement in the 400st century BC, it developed in the Middle Ages under the patriarch of Aquileia and the counts of Bavaria. In the th century, after a period of wars between Austria and Venice, it was annexed to the Hapsburg territories. At the end of World War I it passed to the Kingdom of Italy, but the highest human toll was paid during World War II, which indelibly marked the city and its population.
Today it is a city with an excellent quality of life, immersed in the hills of the Collio, modern but tied to a past that cannot and must not be forgotten.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Gorizia in a weekend
  2. What to see in Gorizia in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Gorizia: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Gorizia
  5. Plan your stay in Gorizia: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Gorizia in a weekend

1 - Castle

The castle, in medieval style and dating back to the eleventh century, stands out over the city in all its majesty. Over the centuries it has lost much of its original architecture due to changes and extensions desired by those who have succeeded in political and military leadership. Bombed during the First World War, the Castle was rebuilt between 1934 and 1937 and the intervention sought to restore the complex to its medieval and Renaissance appearance, highlighting the ancient structures discovered during the restoration works.
Inside the castle there is the Museum of the Gorizia Middle Ages, with a collection of faithful reproductions of sidearms (1271 - 1500), a Didactic Room, and a permanent exhibition of ancient musical instruments. Nearby you can admire the small church of Santo Spirito, with some frescoes attributed to the son of Tintoretto.



  • from the station take bus n ° 1 to Piazza della Vittoria and then walk to the castle in about 15 minutes or by bus n ° 7. Bus journeys cost € 1,30 and are valid for 60 minutes - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 - Monday from 9:30 to 11:30
  • full € 3,00 - reduced € 1,50 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard.

2 - Victory Square

City center since the eighteenth century, several historic buildings overlook it.
The main building that dominates the square is the church of Sant'Ignazio (1767), an imposing Baroque construction commissioned by the Jesuits, protagonists of the religious history of Gorizia. The façade is flanked by two tall bell towers, crowned by onion domes. In front of the church there is the Column of Sant'Ignazio, dated 1687.
Another beautiful building is Casa Torriana, of sixteenth-century origin, today the seat of the Prefecture. Among the many illustrious guests who lived there was also the Venetian poet and diplomat Giacomo Casanova.
In the center of the square is the Fountain of Neptune and the Tritons. Other buildings are the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross (1746), with a Rococo facade, the Archbishop's palace Cobenzl (1587).

  • in the historic center, you can arrive from the station with bus n ° 1 and from here you can continue towards all the most interesting city sites - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Cathedral

The Gorizia Cathedral is dedicated to the Patron Saints Ilario and Taziano. The origins are very ancient, in fact there is a testimony of 1296 that verifies its existence. At the end of the 1525th century the church was enlarged and the new building built in the Gothic style was completed in 1688. One of the most substantial phases of restoration was between 1702 and , when the only central nave in Gothic style was demolished and in its place was built a church with three naves, in Baroque style, with a tribune for the organ and the choir above the central door. The current façade was only completed during the th century in the neoclassical style.



  • from Piazza della Vittoria it is 450 meters away in 5 minutes following via Roma - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Synagogue

The synagogue was built in 1756 and used by the Jewish community until 1969, when it was merged with that of Trieste; today it is not regularly used for worship. The museum, located on the ground floor of the building, presents the history of Judaism in Gorizia through documents, photographs and objects, and a section is dedicated to the paintings of the philosopher Carlo Michelstaedter.
It still retains its eighteenth-century appearance with original marbles and furnishings and you can admire the Galleria delle Donne and the Holy Ark facing Jerusalem.

  • from Piazza della Vittoria it is 450 meters away in 5 minutes following via Roma - Get directions
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 to 19:00
  • free

5 - Museum of the Great War

The Museum of the Great War of Gorizia, housed in the basement of the sixteenth-century Dornberg and Tasso Houses, represents the war events and their human and social reflections. Alongside the weapons of the conflict, objects from the everyday life of soldiers are exhibited which, together with the life-size reproduction of a trench, describe the dramatic reality of the front.
Gorizia was an authentic "trench" city, deeply marked by bombing, but never abandoned by its inhabitants. We continue with the description of the events of the Austro-German breakthrough in Caporetto up to the Italian-Austrian armistice of 3 November.


  • from Piazza della Vittoria you can reach it on foot in about 15 minutes or by bus n ° 7 - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00 - closed on Monday
  • full € 3,00 - reduced € 1,50 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard.

6 - Piazza Sant'Antonio

The square is bordered by the eighteenth-century façade of Palazzo Strassoldo, one of the oldest Friulian families (now the site of a Grand Hotel), and on the opposite side is the cloister of the former Franciscan convent, built in the fourteenth century. At the bottom of the square stands Palazzo Lantieri, a beautiful private residence of fourteenth century origin, which can be visited on request.


  • from Piazza della Vittoria it is only 550 meters for a walk of less than 10 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible (for any visits to Palazzo Lantieri, inquire via email contact@palazzo-lantieri.com)
  • free

7 - Remembrance Park

The Remembrance Park was created to commemorate the victims of the First World War. It is an area of ​​about two and a half hectares in the center, along Corso Italia and used as a cemetery in the mid-th century. There are many paths that, in the shade of the numerous trees, allow you to discover the various monuments that have been placed. There are busts dedicated to the Gorizia irredentists Giovanni Maniacco and Emilio Cravos, to the Tuscan interventionist Vittorio Locchi and sculptures celebrating the "Julia" Alpine Brigade and the Infantry Brigade of the "Wolves of Tuscany".
In the center of the park there is a fountain and the remains of a chapel from 1929. The wall commemorating the 665 deportees from Gorizia during May 1945 completes the park and the memory of the fallen.

  • from the train station you can arrive by bus n ° 1, from Piazza della Vittoria it is 1,3 km and you arrive in about 15 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Provincial Museum of Palazzo Attems

The beautiful museum exhibition includes a wide selection of the Pinacoteca, with 700th century Venetian paintings and a section dedicated to 800th century portraiture. Among the paintings, Paroli's Gli Dei dell'Olimpo, a canvas from 1745, is noteworthy. Inside, temporary exhibitions are also set up and the internal courtyard is very beautiful.

  • in P.za De Amicis, from Piazza della Vittoria it is 450 meters in 5 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 - closed on Monday
  • full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard

9 - Like

Among the most beautiful villages in Italy, on the right bank of the Isonzo river, it is only 20 minutes by car from Gorizia. The Slavic name refers to the fifteenth-century fortress built to repel the invasions of the Turks and the layout of the walls is still practicable, with its six towers and the Porta Nuova.
To visit in the old city there is the sixteenth-century house of the Venetian Provveditori, Palazzo Torriani with the Documentary Museum of the City and the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

  • it is about 12 km from Gorizia, which can be traveled by car in 15 minutes or by the extra urban bus E01 at a cost of € 1,30 each way - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Cormons

Beautiful village in the heart of the Collio, is characterized by the Habsburg style due to its belonging to Austria until the end of the First World War. To see Piazza della Libertà, where there is the bronze statue dedicated to Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg, Piazza XXIV Maggio, all in white Karst stone, and Palazzo Locatelli, now the Town Hall. Throughout the country there is an aristocratic and retro air that accompanies the tourist throughout his stay.

  • it is about 15 km from Gorizia, which can be traveled by car in 20 minutes or by the extra urban bus E02 at a cost of € 1,60 each way - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Gorizia in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning: arriving in Gorizia by train or parking the car in one of the convenient parking lots nearby, you can think of going straight to the beautiful Parco della Rimembranza, perhaps stopping just before the entrance to the Pasticceria L'Oca Golosa for a good Breakfast. Here you can breathe the history of the city, in the silence of the trees and in the commemorative statues that follow one another along the paths.
Leaving the park, continue until you reach Piazza Sant'Antonino to admire the fourteenth-century buildings that surround it and continue until you reach the city cathedral dedicated to the patron saints Ilario and Taziano. From here we move to Borgo Castello for a visit to the Museum of the Great War and for a lunch break.

Afternoon: after having lunch in the nearby Lanterna d'Oro restaurant, climb a little further to reach the Castle of Gorizia, admire the surrounding panorama and visit the internal sections used as museums. Then go down to Piazza della Vittoria to admire its beauty and perhaps sit down at a coffee to contemplate the legacy of a magnificent past in peace.
The last stop on this itinerary is the beautiful Palazzo Attems and its pictorial collection.

Sera: returning to the starting point, you can decide whether to stop for an aperitif in one of the many wine bars in the center or go directly to the Sabotino restaurant and end the day with a delicious dinner with Central European flavors.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast: at Pasticceria L'Oca Golosa, 500 meters from the Parco della Rimembranza, offers local pastries and excellent coffees - Get directions
  2. Memorial Park: always accessible
  3. Piazza Sant'Antonino: always accessible - ticket price: free
  4. Duomo: always accessible - ticket price: free
  5. Museum of the Great War: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00 - closed Monday - ticket price: full € 3,00 - reduced € 1,50 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard
  6. Lunch: at the Lanterna d'Oro restaurant, Borgo Castello 20 - Get directions
  7. Castle: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 - Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 - ticket price: full € 3,00 - reduced € 1,50 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard
  8. Victory Square: always accessible - ticket price: free
  9. Attems Palace: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 - closed Monday - ticket cost: full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00 - The Castle and the Provincial Museums of Gorizia are free with FVGcard
  10. Price: at the Sabotino restaurant, Via Santa Chiara, 4 - Get directions

Where to eat in Gorizia: the best restaurants

  1. Golden Lantern: comfortable break for this area near the castle, it offers traditional Friulian dishes with attention to raw materials and quality. Good wine cellar.
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Borgo Castello 20 (Get directions) - tel: 0841534100
  2. Sabotino: intimate, well-kept and informal restaurant. Excellent fish cuisine and good value for money
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via Santa Chiara, 4 (Get directions) - tel: 0841538111
  3. Trattoria da Gianni: trattoria offering Italian and typical Slovenian cuisine. Try the Jota or the Goulash accompanied by local craft beers. Large portions and great prices.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via C. de Morelli, 8 (Get directions) - tel: 0841534568

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Gorizia

Gorizia is a university city and with many young people who live it day and night. Full of clubs, wine bars, pubs and restaurants, it offers a wide choice to spend carefree evenings, but everything closes at midnight. In fact, an ordinance requires the music to stop at 23:00 and the premises to close at 00:00.
If you want to stay until dawn, just cross the Slovenian border, which is only a couple of kilometers away, and immerse yourself in the Central European nightlife.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Antico Caffè Trieste: historic venue in the center, famous for its large selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Renowned meeting place for aperitifs and after dinner.
    Address: via Generale Cascino 25 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • The Alchemist: well-stocked wine bar that offers evenings with live music.
    Address: via Garibaldi, 16 (Get directions) Facebook page
  • Casino Perla: beautiful resort a few kilometers from the border, inside a casino, a nightclub, a theater, bars and restaurants. Always crowded and with many events on the bill.
    Address: Kidriceva Ulica, 7 (Nova Gorica) Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Gorizia: info and useful tips

  • the closest airport is that of Trieste, about 20 km from Gorizia, connected by bus line n ° 1 of the APT or by regional trains, in about 1 hour, at a cost of € 2,70. By train from Milan it takes 6 hours in the regional train at a cost of € 32,30; from Bologna it takes about 4 hours for a regional cost of € 25,55; from Rome you must necessarily combine a fast train and arrive in about 5 hours and 40 minutes for a minimum cost of € 101,85. Gorizia is connected to many Italian and foreign cities also by Flixbus buses, with fares starting from € 19,99.
  • Getting around: given its modest extension, it can be easily covered on foot and it is possible to move without difficulty even in the neighboring villages thanks to the capillary network of urban and extra-urban transport managed by the APT bus lines. It is advisable to purchase the FVGcard, a nominative chipcard that has a duration of 48 hours, 72 hours or 7 days (from the first use) and which allows you to enter for free and skip the lines in the affiliated facilities and to benefit from special discounts. The costs are € 18,00 for 48 hours, € 21,00 for 72 hours, € 29,00 for a week.
  • Where to park: Battisti Parking, via Cesare Battisti 39 (Get directions) open 24 hours a day - Vittoria Parking, Piazza Vittoria (Get directions) from 24:7 to 00:20, Cavour Parking, Piazza Cavour (Get directions) from 00:7 to 00:20 : 00. The rates are € 1,00 per hour or € 4,00 for the whole day.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Aquileia (34 km - 30 minutes) - Isonzo Nature Reserve (40 km - 35 minutes) - Palmanova (33 km - 30 minutes) - Trieste (48 km - 50 minutes), Udine (32 km - 40 minutes), Postojna, Slovenia (93 km - 43 minutes), Ljubljana, Slovenia (72 km - 75 minutes)
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