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Repen – Karst House Print Email

The village is located in the county of Monrupino (Italy) in Trieste. The first written records of the town date back to 1284 and indicate the name of a local merchant, Johannes Rapin. Given the excellent quality of the limestone that was dug from around the area, much of the male population found employment in the quarries. The precious stonework that adorns the village houses is a testament to the skill of these local craftsmen. In Repen, a typical Karst farmhouse is open to the public where there is also an ethnographic museum.

Schedule: April – November 11-12.30 and 15.30 – 17.00
Off hours visitation is possible through prior arrangement.

Sežana Botanical Garden Print Email

Sežana is first mentioned in 1060, but has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the evidence of which lies in the prehistoric fort on Tabor. The city is bordered on the north side by Tabor (484m) and Lenivec (464m) and on the east side by Mala Planina (489m), Velika Planina (551m) and Sledovnikom (575m). In the city centre there is a church dedicated to St. Martin and there is also Botanical gardens dedicated to Count Scaramango which boast a wide selection of exotic trees and greenhouses. The park will be of interest to nature lovers as well as people of all ages and in particular for school groups as it is possible to organize guided tours and educational excursions.

Admission for guided tour: Pupils and students – €2, others – €4.
Admission for standard visit: Pupils and students – €1, others – €2

Dutovlje – Pepa’s Karst Garden Print Email

The Karst wine district was first mentioned in 1278, although traces of settlement in the area reach far back into prehistory. St. George church is at the epicentre of the village. Built in the 15th century, this impressive structure was once a stronghold of the fabled Knights Templar and although the final remains of the city`s mighty curtain wall that surrounded the church was demolished in 1965, its legacy retains a presence in the surrounding lands. Indeed, in the last century, archaeological artefacts were discovered near the modern railway station and are now exhibited in museums in Vienna and Gorica.
Furthermore, the village is well carved with the likeness of the Sacred Heart of Christ and in the direction of Kreplje there is an Austro-Hungarian military cemetery that dates back to 1848. There is a Pepa's Karst garden in the centre of the village on a Bunčetova homestead. This is on display for all visitors. The garden received a top rating and gold medal in the horticultural Hampton Court Palace show, which is the second most prestigious global horticultural event in the world. Traditional, event of  Teran (local wine) and Prosciutto (special ham) take place in Dutovlje in August.

Schedule: TIC Dutovlje summer schedule Friday 14-17, Saturday 9-17, Sunday and holidays 9-15; winter schedule Friday 14-17, Saturday 9-16, Sunday and holidays 9-15.
Admission: € 1.5 Pepa's Garden

Tomaj – Kosovel family's home Print Email

The village is located on Tabor, consisting of several parts: Klenk, Košac, Na Placu, Prtabor, Brdce in Brdo. Miscellaneous items from the Bronže and early Iron Age are found within 1km along the defensive walls which prove that the ancient fort on top of Tomaj was inhabited since before the 8th century BC. The remains of Roman tombs were also found and are now housed in museums in Trieste. There also existed a fort on the same site that served as a defence against pirates, and later by the Hungarians against the Turks. A monastery was built from the remains of the fort in 1895 and the Public School Sisters, a monastic Order, began teaching there in 1898. It has since been converted into a residential development. There is also a parish church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. It was built in 1446 and it’s architecture is in the late Gothic style. It’s interior was painted by Tone Kralj. At the cemetery stands a shrine to the Virgin Mary. The Kosovel home, where the poet Kosovel lived and died is decorated as a memorial to the family. He is buried in the family grave in cemetery of Tomaj. Access to the house is signposted from the main road and viewings can be organized by prior arrangement.

Vilenica Print Email

The Vilenica caves were the oldest tourist caves in Europe until the 19th century. They are renowned as the largest, most beautiful and most visited caves in Karst. The first recorded visit of the caves dates back to 1633. According to local belief, the Vilenica caves were the home of fairies and this is where its name originates. The eponymous international literary awards are held in Vilenica`s Dance Hall annually.

Hours: Sundays and holidays 1.4.-31.10. at 15 and 17 for the group, 1.11-31.3. only for organized groups for a transitional arrangement.

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