Šempeter pri Gorici is a town and the administrative centre of the Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba in the Slovene Littoral region of Slovenia. There is a border crossing into the Italian town of Gorizia. The crossing is known as San Pietro di Gorizia in Italian.

Through most of its history, it was linked to the town of Gorizia (Slovene: Gorica), which is now in Italy, whence also its name, literally meaning ‘St. Peter near Gorizia’. Since 1947, it has been gravitating towards the newly established town of Nova Gorica, with which it forms a continuous conurbation.

Country Slovenia
Traditional regionLittoral
Statistical regionGorizia
 • MayorMilan Turk (SLS)
 • Total15.0 km  (5.8 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total6,269
 • Density420/km  (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)

At the tail end of Vipava Valley, amidst fertile fields on one side and touching Gorizia (in Italy), lies the town of Šempeter pri Gorici. Its specific geography and the influence of two different cultures – Romance and Slavic – make for a turbulent history. Having been considered the rural outskirts of Gorica for centuries, today the settlement is a vibrant and independent town with excellent living conditions.

The Finest Garden

Šempeter shows signs of prehistoric settlement. Šempeter has the perfect climate and very fertile soil which lends itself to agriculture and especially horticulture which evolved to an important branch of industry in the course of centuries. In the 18th century, most of the estates went to the counts of Coronini whose operations included selling Šempeter-grown produce to the court in Vienna. Early vegetables and potatoes, which brought fame to the town, were gradually joined by floriculture somewhere around that time. A particular favourite, the violets of Šempeter, were a striking variety with a double perianth, and were cultivated up until the Second World War. At the height of their popularity, there were entire carriages taking the blooms to the court in Russia.


The idyll of the flourishing garden, which provided Gorica with fresh produce, was cut short by the brutality of the First World War. Šempeter was suddenly right on the front line and was levelled with the ground. After the war, some buildings were rebuilt. Today these are the only material hints of the town’s rich history. The main piazza features the magnificent Church of St Peter. Over the foundation of an earlier church that was mentioned in records around 1200, a new church was built after the First World War based on the blueprints of famous local architect Maks Fabiani. Next to the church stands the town’s most beautiful building – the residence of counts of Coronini. The mansion, originally built in the 17th century and remodelled in the 19th century, was almost completely destroyed during the First World War. The remodelling project was entrusted to Maks Fabiani who put his own signature style to the construction, whilst staying true to its original aristocratic character. The Coronini Castle was renovated a few years ago and today acts as the seat of the municipal administration. It also houses the permanent exhibition detailing the history of the aristocratic  Coronini family, and doubles as a venue for cultural events. The legacy of the Coroninis in Šempeter encompasses a fascinating building called Mafejšče (previously Villa Maffei), the family residence until 1947. Hints of the rich horticulture cultivated by the aristocracy up to the Second World War in their parks can still be seen in the town’s present landscape design, conjuring up a glamorous Mediterranean atmosphere. 


The municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba is an excellent starting point for trips to local as well as more remote surroundings because in its close proximity, there are numerous sports and other facilities where you can spend your holidays actively. You can play golf or go cycling, paragliding, bungee jumping, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, bowling, fishing, hunting, etc.

It takes just half an hour from here to reach not only the sea but also the mountains. Numerous interesting sights, including exceptional historic, cultural and technical heritage, tempt one to visit them:

The Kostanjevica Franciscan Monastery above Nova Gorica, is where the tombs of the last members of the Bourbon dynasty (the French royal family) can be found. Interred here among them is the last French king Charles X . Also worth a look is Padre Stanislav Škrabec’s Library with over 10,000 volumes in various languages as well as the assortment of Bourbon roses from the 19th century, that flower in May and June. This collection is the second biggest of its kind in Europe.
The Solkan Railway Bridge is considered the last of the great stone bridges, and with its 85 metre span is also the largest in the world.

Splkan railway Bridge

The Basilica of the Assumption on Sveta Gora is an important sacred place with a rich tradition of pilgrimage, offering visitors one of the most beautiful vistas in Slovenia.
Due to its strategic position above Soča this mount Sabotin was an important Austro-Hungarian bridgeheat during the Izonso front. The mountain is crisscrossed with system of trenches and caves wich were built by the two armies, the Austro-Hungarian and the Italian, to fortify their positions. Mt. Sabotin is a splendid vantage point and offers a view over the hills of Sveta Gora and Škabrijel, the Vipava Vallery, the Kras, the Friuli lowlands, the Goriška brda area and the Julian Alps.
The valley of the emerald green Soča River.
The Goriska brda Hills invite you among their vineyard covered knolls.
The Vipava Valley, which is not only full of wine-growing hillsides, but also boasts many manors and castles. Above the valley para-gliders and hang-gliders from all over the world spread their wings and enjoy the views.


Contact Information

Milan Turk M.SEE, Mayor of the Municipality Šempeter-Vrtojba

Deputy Mayor – Ivan Podberšić

T: +386 (0)5 335 10 00
GSM: +386 (0)51 672 756
E: ivo.podbersic @ sempeter-vrtojba.si

Municipality Šempeter-Vrtojba
Trg Ivana Roba 3a
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici

T: +386 (0)5 335 10 00
E: info @ sempeter-vrtojba.si

Sonja Vižin, secretary of the functionary
T: +386 (0)5 335 10 00
E: sonja.vizin @ sempeter-vrtojba.si

Official Hours
Wednesday: 3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Useful phone numbers

Police: 113

Fire fighters: 112

Ambulance: 112

Automobile assistance: 1987

Traffic coditions: 1970

Phone numbers: 1188

Emergency medical service:
Splošna bolnišnica dr. Franca Derganca Nova Gorica
Ambulanta za nujno medicinsko pomoč
Ulica padlih borcev 13A
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
T: +386 (0)5 330 11 17

Emergency dentist clinic:
Ulica Gradnikove brigade 7,
5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia
T: +386 (0)5 335 55 34

Tourist info point TIC Šempeter-Vrtojba
(Tourist agency GEA)
Trg Ivan Roba 4
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
T: +386 (0)5 393 61 17,

GSM: +386 (0)51 668 373,
+386 (0)40 646 996
Oppening hours:
Saturday: 9:00–12:00.
Sundays and holidays closed.

KŠTM Šempeter-Vrtojba
Ulica 9. septembra 72, Vrtojba
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
T: + 386 (0)5 393 80 09
E: info @ kstm-sempeter-vrtojba.si
W: kstm-sempeter-vrtojba.si/index.php

The Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba Tourism Society

Trg Ivana Roba 4

5290 Šempeter pri Gorici

T, F: +386 (0)5 393 81 34
E: td.o.sempetervrtojba @ gmail.com

Slovenian Post Office

Vrtojbenska cesta 21A

5290 Šempeter pri Gorici

GPS: E13.64056, N45.92833
T: + 386 (0)5 303 12 74

Slovene Railways – Vrtojba Station

Ulica Nikole Tesle 12
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici

T: + 386 (0)5 296 39 14
F: + 386 (0)5 296 38 21

Inn Rutinca
Ulica 9. septembra 152, Vrtojba
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
GPS: E13.63349, N45.90975
T: + 386 (0)5 303 61 50
E: gastrum @ siol.net

Hotel Lipa
Trg Ivana Roba 7
5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
GPS: E13.63969, N45.92984
T: + 386 (0)5 336 60 00
E: hotel.lipa @ hit.si
W: www.hit.si

The students house
Ulica padlih borcev 26

5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
T: + 386 (0)5 62 05 740
E: barbara.skok @ tsc.si
jasna.drascek @ tsc.si
W: dijaski.scng.si


Šempeter pri Gorici
Municipality Šempeter-Vrtojba Trg Ivana Roba 3a 5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
+386 (0)5 335 10 00