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Nova Gorica, a small town at the border with Italy, has been the heart of the sunny Goriška region for seven decades. It has grown after the World War II as a substitute town for Gorizia, which remained on the other side of the border. It is a town with a mild climate, green and blooming all year round, young, lively and friendly to the local people and visitors from all over the world. As a unique example in Europe, the two towns are located at the border with no border crossings and living in a greater co-existence at all levels.

Nova Gorica is a town of roses. This is an attractive town for entertainment as in all seasons various venues, indoors or outdoors, offer a rich selection of events. Concerts, festivals, theatre performances, fairs, exhibitions and other cultural, culinary and ethnological events enrich the lives of locals and guests. Nova Gorica is a gaming town where two entertainment centres and several casinos offer entertainment with the most modern gaming equipment. A pleasant atmosphere is complemented by excellent cuisine, accommodation and wellness services. Nova Gorica is the right place to experience sights and attractions of the town and its surroundings in a genuine way.

To the northeast, Nova Gorica is protected from the cold winds by the Trnovo and Banjšice plateau, a marvellous world with a completely different climate, full of folk traditions and natural attractions which in a special way enrich the sport of hiking. Lovers of peace will be impressed by the widespread Trnovo Forest which invites you to take biking paths and hiking trails where you can get to know rich fauna and flora. Those interested in flora will enjoy visiting the Herbal centre in Grgarske Ravne where they will become familiar with the production, processing and use of medicinal herbs.

The green and wine-growing Vipava valley stretches out to the East of the town, in the direction towards Ajdovščina. These nice places are the home of great wines, also of the unique varieties such as »zelen«, »pinela« and »klarnica«, which are best combined with tasty Vipava dishes. You can taste them in hospitable cellars, at »osmica« and tourist farms, in inns, restaurants and also during the ethnologically coloured events which bring back into life the customs of the past, both the festive and the working ones.