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What to do and see in Gorizia

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Gorizia, “border town” and main city of the province, is a major meeting point of different ethnic groups and is rich in evidence of the long domination of the Habsburgs. The main monuments to visit are the medieval castle, inside which houses the Museum of the Middle Ages Gorizian and is furnished with antiques and original objects; by its ramparts you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Also recommended the Duomo, the main place of worship in the city and belongs to the order of the Jesuits, and the Provincial Museums that can enhance all aspects of local culture, including the Museum of the Great War. Not to forget the modern Square Europa, urban space shared between Gorizia and Nova Gorica. In the rest of the province in Monfalcone, important for its shipyards and trading port, you can admire the fortress the Gulf of Panzano, which is overlooked by the tourist resorts of Bagni di Panzano and Marina Julia. While, Gradisca d’Isonzo preserves part of the ancient walls, valuable religious buildings and elegant Baroque palaces. Between the seaside towns we note Grade, known as “the Golden Island” thanks to the beauty of its lagoon: a really unique landscape, interrupted only by the typical “casoni” fishermen, now largely abandoned. Testimonials of World War are visible in the area of the Karst, from the trenches of Mount St. Michael to the shrines, including that of Redipuglia, where there are the remains of one hundred thousand soldiers. Finally, do not miss the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Barbana, an important religious destination, located on a small island in the lagoon of Grado.

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