GoriziaGorizia is a charming small city, right on the border with Slovenia.
Surprisingly Slovene isn't spoken much in Gorizia (unlike the towns which surround Trieste). However across the border in Nova Gorica you'll find many people who speak Slovene, Italian and English.
There are regular trains from Venice (and Udine) taking around 2 hours. There are also regular trains from Trieste taking about 45 minutes. If arriving from Slovenia trains will arrive at Nova Gorica train station about 10 metres from the international border. Walk across the square into Italy and take the number 1 bus (cost 1 euro 3 cents) into the centre of Gorizia or Gorizia train station (10 minutes).
The closest airport is Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia. From the airport, take Coach 51 and then Coach 1.
The CastleBuilt within the Middle Ages walls, this was once the seat of the administrative and judiciary power of the county. It is divided into the Corte dei Lanzi (with foundings of a high tower demolished in the 16th century), the Palazzetto dei Conti (13th century) and the Palazzetto Veneto. The palatine chapel, entitled to Saint Bartholomew, houses canvases of the Venetian school of painting and traces of Renaissance frescoes. There is also a Museum of the Goritian Middle Ages.
The CathedralOriginally erected in the 14th century, like many of the city's buildings, it was almost entirely destroyed during World War I. It has been rebuilt following the forms of the 1682 edifice, a Baroque church with splendid stucco decoration. A Gothic chapel of San Acatius is annexed to the nave.
Church of St. Ignatius of LoyolaThe most important church of Gorizia, built by the Jesuits in 1680–1725. It has a single nave with precious sculptures at the altars of the side chapels. In the presbytery Christoph Tausch painted a Glory of St. Ignatius in 1721.
Palazzo Attems PetzensteinDesigned by Nicolò Pacassi in the 19th century.
San Rocco church
Palazzo CobenzlCurrent seat of the archbishops.
Earls of Lantieri's houseThis structure used to house emperors and popes.
Palazzo Coronini CronbergIncludes an art gallery.
Transalpina railway squareDivided by an international border.
As with most Italian cities, shops tend to close for lunch and on Sundays (even though the neighbouring city's shops remain open, taking away their trade). Nova Gorica isn't a cheap city, but you will find that Slovene supermarkets have a greater variety of goods, and that alcohol and cigarettes are cheaper in the Slovenian city.