Chestnuts itinerary

Programma Castagnata

1 GIORNO

Departure from your accommodation, or meet up in Nova Gorica and visit of the square od the United Europe-square of the two cities the Slovene Nova Gorica and the Italian Gorizia that was inaugurated by Romano Prodi (president of the European Commission) the 1. of May in 2004 in the occasion of the Slovene admittance to the European Union. Later on we proceed towards Solkan to admire the Soca valley with its railroad bridge, originally built in the time of the Secession, between the 1900 and 1905,  with an arch span of 85 meters (279 ft), it is the second-longest stone bridge in the world and the longest stone bridge among railroad bridges. The bridge was very important during the WWI.

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We cross the road bridge over the Soca river that opens a stunning view on the stone bridge, towards Goriska Brda (hills) that are frequently compared to Tuscany because of the many vineyards and the countless hills framed north by the beauty of the Julian Alps. We will take a nice panoramic tour among the hills and stop at the Gonjace village to climb the stairs on the sightseeing tower and soak up the marvelous view of the landscape.

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The Vipava valley was since always known for the chestnuts production that majorly were exported in Italy and the Austro Hungarian monarchy. The Venetians made their famous marron glacè, a confection, originating in southern France and northern Italy consisting of a chestnut candied in sugar syrup and glazed, right from the chestnuts from our hills.

Lunch at the nearby restaurant, consisting of genuine dishes from times that once were, such as soup with beans and bacon, goulash with polenta, for main course various meat, side dishes of potatoes and vegetables, two homemade desserts and drinks. To finish off properly a nice caffè corretto (coffee with grappa).

In the afternoon we visit the city of Vipava and the delta source of the homonymous river in – unique in Europe. With its 25 bridges Vipava is also known as the little Slovene Venice. After visiting the beautiful city, we move on to the local cemetery where we find ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, two of the six that can be seen in Europe. Brought in Slovenia from Egypt by Anton Lavrin in 1845 are dated 4500 years. On the way back stop for roasted chestnuts and a glass of sweet wine. End of services.

Il pacchetto comprende un pranzo ricco con le bevande, le castagne, un bicchiere di vino dolce e la guida per l’intera giornata.