SHOW 413 .. 18th September 2011

- Goče 
- The Karst and lavender
- The cheese trade in Bohinj
- Storks in Prekmurje
- The Roman villa Maritima

The wine-growing region of Vipavska brda in the west of Slovenia hides a picturesque little village by the name of Goče, which has been protected as a cultural monument. The original architecture in the village has been preserved to a large extent with some parts of buildings dating as far back as the 13th and 14th centuries. Of particular interest are the Baroque stone altars called pil and vaulted wine cellars.
The Karst and lavender
To the south of the Vipava Valley spreads the Karst, a stony region known for its excellent Teran wine and prosciutto ham, and the purple smoke bush. In the future it may well become known also for its bluish-violet fields of lavender. The project entitled “Lavender in the Karst” has already yielded its first results and offers a taste of Provence.
The cheese trade in Bohinj
For centuries the area of Bohinj in the heart of the Triglav National Park has been the main centre of alpine dairy farming in Slovenia. Records of alpine dairy farming date as far back as the 13th century when the local inhabitants used to pay duties to the lords with cheese. A few places have managed to preserve the alpine dairy farming tradition, and attempts are being made to revive it with a project entitled The Cheesemakers’ Trail.
Storks in Prekmurje
Although a symbol of happiness and fertility, the white stork is a highly endangered animal species. Around 200 pairs of these beautiful white birds nest in Slovenia every year from the beginning of spring to the end of summer. Most of them – a third – can be found in Prekmurje in the north-east of the country, where the traditional cultural landscape, essential to their survival, has been preserved. The people of Prekmurje have grown very fond of them.
The Roman villa Maritima
On the Slovenian coast, more precisely at Simon Bay in Izola, an archaeological park has been set up featuring the remains of a seaside Roman villa dating from the 1st century BC. The Istrian peninsula and the coastal towns have a long and extraordinarily rich history; the complex of the Roman villa offers an insight into the Italic civilisation that once thrived in Istria.





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