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ITI Projects - Isonzo-Soča



(01.04.2017- 31-03-2021, 5.000.000 Euro)



The Soča-Isonzo is a 138-kilometre river that rises in the Julian Alps in north-western Slovenia and flows into the Adriatic Sea in Italy. The river represents a shared heritage to Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba, given the value of the landscape, the amount of natural resources and the biodiversity, even if it is not always fully and consciously used by the inhabitants of the area.
The Isonzo-Soča project aims at “giving back” the river to the cities, encouraging the citizens to take advantage of the territory crossed by the river. Ideally, this goal will be reached through a series of works that will increase the value of the area by improving its accessibility. These works will also increase the number of tourists by making the area more suitable for recreational purposes.
The Isonzo-Soča project includes the construction of a cross-border network of walking and cycling routes that will constitute a cross-border urban park; this park will improve the sustainable mobility of the inhabitants of the area. Consequently, the area will also become more attractive for citizens and tourists and this will positively affect the economy of the area. Furthermore, a communication campaign will promote and identify the territory as a new touristic destination.


Overall Objective of the Project: 

The project envisages the construction, in the territories of Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba, of a cross-border network of cycle and pedestrian paths along the Isonzo river and along the State border that connects Salcano to Šempeter-Vrtojba and then to Miren. Infrastructural works will be carried out to improve the usability of the area and make it more attractive to citizens and tourists.


Project summary: 

The goals of the project are the conservation, protection, recovery and development of the natural and cultural heritage of the cross-border area along the Isonzo-Soča river, as a homogeneous tourist-recreational destination. A network of pedestrian and cycle paths and tourist-recreational infrastructures will be set up, as well as an integrated communication and promotion plan.

Specifically, the project aims to the construction, in the territories of Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba, of a cross-border network of cycle and pedestrian paths along the Isonzo river and along the State Border that connects Salcano to Šempeter-Vrtojba. By 2021 substantial infrastructure works will be carried out, which will improve the usability of the area and increase its attractiveness for citizens and tourists



1.  Lot 1 “Vrtojba recreational area

The project contract was signed on 25.03.2019. Infrastructure works ended on 23.10.2019. The inauguration of the "Vrtojba recreational area" was on the 6th of November 2019. 

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2. Lot 2- "Footbridge over the Isonzo river at Solkan and cycle pahts connected to the one of  Solkan-Plave"

The first call for bids was published on the 19.12.2018 but the offers were inadmissible. As a consequence, the Municipality of Nova Gorica adjusted the executive project. The second call for bids was published on the 12th July 2019. The project contract was signed on the 17.10.2019. The infrastructure work regularly started on the 21.10.2019 and they will end on the 19.10.2020.

Duration of the work: 1 year. 




3. Lot 3 - “Realization of a cycle and pedestrian paths along the state border"

Start of the infrastructural work: September 2020.

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4. Lot 4- "Construction of cycle paths along the Isonzo River" 

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Strategic plan for the valorization of the Isonzo-Soča Cross-Border Park:

The strategic plan for the  enhancement of the Isonzo-Soča Cross-Border Park starts from an integrated study of the cross-border area of ​​the EGTC GO in order to identify the tourist actractiveness. The plan aims to increase the number of visitors and to diversify the tourist offer by focusing on gastronomy and bycicle. It also aims to create a cycle Ring, which could be tourist attraction, but also an infrastructure used by citizens as a "bicycle ring road" for daily journeys.
The strategy developed takes into account economic, but also environmental, infrastructural, cultural, historical and sociological aspects and it was preceded by a comparison with numerous local stakeholders (from Universities to the hoteliers, from environmental to cultural associations and so on).

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Development of the strategic plan for the enhancement of the Isonzo - Soča Cross-Border Park:

Report A- Indagini conoscitive
Report B- Proposta Progettuale

Main results: 

The main result of the project consists in recognizing the tourist actractiveness of the area of ​​the three municipalities of the EGTC GO. The individual results that are intended to be achieved within the project are:

- Integrated cross-border network of cycle and pedestrian paths;

- Investments aimed at creating and promoting the new tourist destination and new tourist products with  an unified vision of the Isonzo-Soča Cross-Border park;

- Greater visibility of the cross-border area as an integrated tourist destination for leisure time;

- Integrated marketing strategy more effective and efficient for the whole Cross-Border aerea;

- Greater number of visitors thanks to the sustainable investments implemented in the area of ​​the three Municipalities;

- Increased accessibility of the Isonzo-Soča Cross-Border park, with a special attention for people with a motor disability. 


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