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Renaissance Villa Vila Vipolže

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  • The Vipolže Villa
    / The Vipolže Villa
    Photo: Damijan Simčič ZOSO, ZTKMŠ Brda
  • / Many events are held at Vila Vipolže
    Photo: Damijan Simčič ZOSO, ZTKMŠ Brda
  • / Piano Nobile - the conference hall
    Photo: Damijan Simčič ZOSO, ZTKMŠ Brda
  • / Perfect location for evening events
    Photo: Damijan Simčič ZOSO, ZTKMŠ Brda
  • / Excellent Brda cuisine
    Photo: Damijan Simčič ZOSO, ZTKMŠ Brda

The most beautiful Renaissance villa in Slovenia is the new heart of cultural tourism, exhibitions and events in Brda region. 

Vila Vipolže tells a story in the heart of the Slavic, Germanic and Romanic worlds.

The identity of the Brda region, a land of invigorating moments, has been carved by both international winds and homeland soil. The village of Vipolže is known for two mansions, the smaller one in the upper part of the village and the older one in the eastern part of the village, which is the current Vipolže Villa.

Vila Vipolže was initially a hunters' lodge of the Counts of Gorizia and was used for a long time for summer vacations. The subsequent owners were the noblemen of the families Herberstein, Della Torre, Attems and Teuffenbach. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the mansion experienced the war between the Emperors and the  Venetians. The latter renovated the mansion in the first half of the 17th century,  making it an exquisite Renaissance villa  in a rectangular form, with two angular towers leaning against it and with Venetian décor. The owners used it as a summer residence  with a magnificent park embellished by a Baroque fountain.

Vila Vipolže was not spared during the two World Wars, and in 1948 it was also struck by fire. The sleeping beauty occasionally hosted events and wine festivals on the newly built dance floor. Now the construction scaffolds have fallen. The Vipolže Villa has awakened. A true cosmopolitan that has opened for the first time as the new regional cultural congress centre.

Open from

open today
Mondayclosed
Tuesday09:00–12:00, 13:00–17:00
Wednesday09:00–12:00, 13:00–17:00
Thursday09:00–12:00, 13:00–17:00
Friday09:00–12:00, 13:00–17:00
Saturday10:00–13:00, 14:00–18:00
Sunday10:00–13:00, 14:00–18:00

WINTER OPENING HOURS (Nov.–Mar.)

TUE–FRI: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

SAT, SUN & holidays: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m.

 

SUMMER OPENING HOURS (Apr.–Oct.)

TUE–FRI: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

SAT, SUN & holidays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

 

Closed on: Mondays*, 1 & 2 Jan, 1 Nov and 25 Dec

*the villa is open if a holiday falls on a Monday

Price:

  • €3 per person

  • Children under 6: free
  • Children aged 6-18 : €2

  • School and pensioner groups: €2

 

Guided tours:

 

On weekends and holidays (Slovenian, Italian and Austrian) we offer our visitors guided tours at the following hours:

10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tours are in the Slovenian, Italian and English language.

In case an event or a wedding is taking place in the Villa, tours are not possible. In that case, you can only visit the ground floor (reception with a souvenir shop and an exhibition about the history of the Villa in the entrance hall).

 

 

Groups should book their visit in advance and keep to the stated times. Group tours around the Villa are possible anytime during working hours.

Guided tours must be booked at:

info@vilavipolze.eu

or  

+386 (0)820 55 420 - reception

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Erika Kovačič Marinič
Updated: September 25, 2019

Public transport

  • TRAIN + TAXI

You can access the Villa by taking the train to Nova Gorica or Gorizia (Italy). Only taxis go from either railway station to the Villa.

You can call our Taxi Brda, which will take you to your chosen destination: +386 (0)51 366 182.

  •  TRAIN + HOP ON BRDA SHUTTLE BUS

If you take the train to Kanal, you can take the Hop on Brda shuttle bus which connects Bohinj, Bled, Kanal and the Soča valley with Brda!

 

HOP ON BRDA SHUTTLE BUS

The Hop on Brda shuttle bus goes from Kanal train station to Šmartno and the Dobrovo castle and back.
Departure from Kanal train station towards Goriška Brda: 10 a.m.
Departure from Dobrovo castle towards Kanal: 9.30 p.m.
Departure from Šmartno towards Kanal: 9.36 p.m.

 

Once you're in Goriška Brda, you can take the Hop on Brda shuttle bus and travel around the region on a circle route with 10 bus stops.

 

In May, June and September, the shuttle bus operates on Saturdays and Sundays.
In July and August, the shuttle bus operates every day of the week.

 

For detailed information, visit the Hop on Brda Shuttle Bus.

 

Getting there

By car from Ljubljana :

  • Go on the H4 motorway towards Razdrto-Vrtojba and choose the exit  Nova Gorica. Drive through Šempeter pri Gorici, Nova Gorica and Solkan, where you cross the Solkan Bridge and continue towards Goriška Brda. In the village of Hum, leave the roundabout at the second exit (direction Cerovo), go through Gornje and Dolnje Cerovo and then you reach Vipolže. At the OMV petrol station, turn right and drive up the hill. The Vipolže Villa is on your right.
  •  On H4 Razdrto-Vrtojba motorway cross the border at the Vrtojba border crossing and choose the first exit on the Italian side – Gorizia. Drive through San Andrea, Lucinico, Mossa and cross the border to reach the Vipolže village. At the OMV petrol station, turn right and drive up the hill. The Vipolže Villa is on your right.

 

Access by car from Koper/Italy/Austria:

  • Immediately after entering Slovenia at the Vrtojba border crossing on the H4 Vrtojba-Razdrto motorway take the exit Šempeter. Drive through Šempeter pri Gorici, Nova Gorica and Solkan, where you cross the Solkan Bridge and continue towards the Goriška Brda. In the village of Hum, leave the roundabout at the second exit (direction Cerovo), go through Gornje and Dolnje Cerovo and then you reach Vipolže. At the OMV petrol station, turn right and drive up the hill. The Vipolže Villa is on your right.
  • On the A43 Villesse-Gorizia motorway section , just before crossing the border with Slovenia, choose the last exit – Gorizia. Drive through San Andrea, Lucinico, Mossa and cross the border to reach the village of Vipolže. At the OMV petrol station, turn right and drive up the hill. The Vipolže Villa is on your right.

Distance:

Nova Gorica railway station: 13 km

Gorizia railway station: 10 km

Kanal: 19 km

Ljubljana Airport: 135 km

Trieste (Ronchi del Legionari) Airport: 25 km

Venice Airport (Marco Polo): 130 km

Venice Airport (Treviso): 125 km

Ljubljana: 115 km

Trieste: 55 km

Venice: 140 km

Klagenfurt 200 km

Pula: 190 km

Parking

There is ample free parking in front of the Villa. 

Coordinates

DD
45.971921, 13.537886
DMS
45°58'18.9"N 13°32'16.4"E
UTM
33T 386728 5091967
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