Gorizia has an atmosphere to be discovered, with a thousand treasures which, perhaps with excessive understatement, it keeps hidden, thus reserving many pleasant surprises for the visitor. A city that has always been the crossroads of European civilizations: here Italian, Slavic and Germanic cultures have met and interacted for centuries. Even at the table, as we will see.
Gorizia one of the capitals of Friuli Venezia Giulia, is wet from Isonzo from the incredible turquoise color, which descends from the narrow valleys in Slovenia, and is at the convergence of the rugged heights of Carso, full of memories of the Great War and the sweeter ones of Collio, home of famous wines all over the world.
The Borgo Castello – Arriving from the highway, the first thing you notice in Gorizia is its castle, perched on the hill that dominates it, a symbol of the millenary and little known history of the city, which was mentioned for the first time in 1001. The castle can be visited and contains an interesting one teaching room dedicated to the medieval period, which saw i Counts of Gorizia dominate over a vast territory, which went from Istria to East Tyrol. Do not miss the exhibition the beautiful permanent exhibition of medieval and Renaissance instruments, perfectly functional, so much so that they are used for concerts in the halls of the manor. The castle is also equipped with a multimedia path. During this period and until January, it hosts an interesting exhibition on Maximilian First of Habsburg.
The upper town and the Great War – The castle is surrounded by the enchanting Borgo, from which you can enjoy breathtaking views and which also preserves the beauty among its ancient alleys Great War Museum, absolutely to visit not only for the extensive documentation, the finds, but also for the thrill of being in a trench during the terrible conflict. Which took place largely right around this city: in the suburb of Oslavia stands the ossuary monument while about ten minutes by car here is the colossal staircase of Redipuglia. Other small museums of the First World War are located in Redipuglia, Fogliano and on the top of Monte San Michele, where some large tunnels built by the Italians have been restored and where you can immerse yourself in the trenches of ’15 -’18 in virtual reality.
The Pinacoteca – But going down from the castle Gorizia offers a pleasant historical center: in weather in piazza De Amicis here, in the beautiful Attems Petzestein palace, the Pinacoteca of the former provincial museums (now regional) which summarizes the very particular and international history of the figurative art of Gorizia. Unusual in an Italian city there Church of Sant’Ignazio, in Piazza Vittoria, with onion-domed bell towers. From the square you can go back to the ancient and beautiful via Rastello until you get to the statue of Carlo Michelstaedter, emblematic character of Gorizia, writer and painter, philosopher. He wrote his main work at a very young age and committed suicide at the age of 23. A section is dedicated to him in the Educational Museum of Synagogue of Gorizia.
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Palaces and churches – Right in front of the statue, the small intriguing restaurant ” To the Delight”Where you can taste excellent local wines and cold cuts. From the same square you can reach the Duomo which houses the vault of an ancient chapel with the magnificent medieval frescoes of Musician angels, recently restored. In the nearby Piazza Sant’Antonio, two buildings worthy of absolute importance: palazzo Lantieri which often hosts interesting cultural-artistic events and palazzo Strassoldo. Typical restaurants overlook the square, such as “Atmosfere” which offers, among other things, quick and tasty meals with local delicacies.
Villa Coronini – In the beautiful Viale XX Settembre, which leads to one of the most enchanting views of Gorizia, here is the Park and the Villa Coronationni, bequest of a nobleman from Gorizia and much appreciated by Vittorio Sgarbi: an example of a wonderful Central European garden and a palace that preserves a part of the history of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with very rare pieces such as two busts of the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, author of the most disturbing portraits in the history of art.
The Market and the Rose of Gorizia – A separate chapter deserves the food and wine of Gorizia, very rich, as evidenced by the stupendous Covered market of Corso Verdi, an Art Nouveau building that houses the best products from the Friulian and Slovenian gardens, the most precious first fruits, with the legendary ” Rose of Gorizia”A rare radicchio loved by gourmets from around the world which is grown by a dozen small producers in the countryside around the Isonzo and which is harvested and offered by restaurants in the cold season.
The Orange wines of Oslavia – This delicious vegetable goes well with wines produced in Oslavia, in which a group of winemakers came together in an association in the name of the delicious Ribolla Gialla. Try theirs too Orange wine, now famous all over the world. Everything can be tasted in the restaurant To the moon which has made the recovery of traditional cuisine its mission: to taste the incredible plum gnocchi, la nun’s belly (nun’s belly, a delicious pie) or the Lubianska, a sort of Milanese enriched with cheese and ham that can be tasted, in gigantic dimensions, even in the trattoria ” Gianni“. For a dip in tradition in a homely and informal environment, here is the trattoria Turri, in the S.Andrea district.
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