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ITI Projects - Isonzo-Soča


(01.04.2017- 30-06-2022, 5.000.000 Euro)

Programma Interreg V-A Italia-Slovenia

The Soča-Isonzo is a 138-kilometres long river that originates in the Julian Alps in north-western Slovenia and flows into the Adriatic Sea in Italy. The river represents a shared heritage for 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.

Project goal:

The goals of the project were 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.

What does the project provide for?

The Isonzo-Soča project aimed at “giving back” the river to the cities, encouraging the citizens to take advantage of the territory crossed by the river. This goal ha been reached through a series of works that increased the value of the area by improving its accessibility. These works also increased the number of tourists by making the area more suitable for tourism purposes. 
The Isonzo-Soča project included the construction of a cross-border network of walking and cycling routes that constituted a cross-border urban park; this park improved the sustainable mobility of the inhabitants of the area. Consequently, the area also has become more attractive for citizens and tourists and this positively affected the economy of the area. Furthermore, a communication campaign promoted and identified the territory as a new touristic destination.

Specifically, the project aimed 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 were completed, which improved the usability of the area and increased its attractiveness for citizens and tourists

Sole beneficiary

The EGTC GO managed the project as the sole beneficiary. This was the first case, on an European scale, of implementation of a common strategy by a sole beneficiary. The EGTC GO dealt with the design and construction of the infrastructures, in order to coordinate the financing interventions, harmonize the planning and executive phases of public procurement and adopt a common communication and promotion strategy.

Implementing bodies: Municipality of Gorizia, Mestna občina Nova Gorica, Občina Šempeter- Vrtojba

Planning the cross-border territory together

For the realisation of the infrastructures envisaged by the Isonzo- Soča project, the EGTC GO was able to decide whether to apply the Slovenian legislation or the Italian legislation with the applicable law for contracts. The municipal councils of the three municipalities of Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba approved an act by which they delegate the assembly of the EGTC GO to decide from time to time which legislation to apply. This was the first resolution adopted by all three municipal councils, which lays the foundations for a unified methodology for planning the territory of the three cities.


November 2022 saw the completion of the ITI Isonzo-Soča project, under which the three EGTC GO municipalities acquired a new network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, a parking lot for campers, and a footbridge over the Isonzo River.
The strategic plan for the enhancement of the Isonzo-Soča Cross-Border Park started from an integrated study of the cross-border area of ​​the EGTC GO in order to identify the tourist attractiveness. The plan aimed to increase the number of visitors and to diversify the tourist offer by focusing on gastronomy and bicycle. It also aimed 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).



PIANO STRATEGICO per la valorizzazione del Parco naturale transfrontaliero dell’Isonzo — Soča


The Strategic Plan has been modified, adding a second part, deriving from the implementation of the action plan of the Cyclewalk project.

The action plan’s goal was to enable evidence-based decision-making for selecting the priority measures to promote the new Isonzo-Soča park.

It is a living document, which municipalities can modify and better at any time.

Find here the report on the implementation of the action plan, with its two annexes.

Cyclewalk REPORT action plan implementation

REPORT 1 Intermodality audit

REPORT 2 usage monitoring


1.  Lot 1 “Vrtojba recreational area

The work for Lot 1 has been completed in November 2022.




2. Lot 2- "Cyclebridge over the Isonzo-Soča river in Solkan/Salcano and new cycle pahts connecting to the cycle paths of Solkan-Plave"

The work for Lot 2 has been completed in November 2022.




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

Construction of cycle-pedestrian path that connects Solkan/Salcano, through via degli Scogli and Kolodvorska pot, through Piazza Europa / Transalpina, to Erjavčeva ulica and via San Gabriele. From here the existing routes allow to continue up to the Rafut border crossing point. From Rafut, the cycle path continues south towards Vrtojba and further on to Miren.

The work for Lot 3 has been completed in November 2022.



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

The first cycle path in question connects Solkan/Salcano, trough via degli Scogli, to the Torrione bridge and continues through via dei Cordaioli to the Straccis pedestrian walkway. It therefore constitutes the Gorizia stretch of the FVG 5 "Isonzo cycle path" as indicated in the Regional Landscape Plan which, from the Straccis bridge, continues along the Isonzo/ Soča through the other municipalities of the province of Gorizia up to Grado.

The second itinerary connects via San Gabriele to the Torrione bridge through via Generale Scodnik, via Brass and viale XX settembre. The cycle path in question creates the east-west connection as envisaged in the integrated territorial marketing plan.

The project provides for the networking of all existing cycle and pedestrian routes with a view of offering a single cycle route for the EGTC GO territory and therefore includes a path on the opposite bank to continue the Salcano-Plave route.

In 2018, a speed limited zone of 30 km / h was established in the area of ​​via degli Scogli, via Brigata Etna, via Angolo, via delle Sassaie and via Antonio Cappellaris, to encourage cycle and pedestrian mobility and a first cycle-pedestrian path along the Isonzo near the Salcano border.

Lot 4 also provides for a pedestrian path on the banks of the Isonzo/ Soča and on the agricultural area of ​​Solkan/Salcano.

Some cycle-pedestrian paths was created in the agricultural area located along the bend of the Isonzo, between Solkan/Salcano and via degli Scogli. The routes allow the enjoyment of a landscape area of ​​great interest, allowing tourists to get to directly know the productions of the Gorizia rose and of the vineyards suited to the production of the Isonzo doc.

Some pedestrian paths that allow to reach the banks of the Isonzo river and natural beaches of great beauty were restored.

The work for Lot 4 has been completed in November 2022.





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