The Hill of Sveti Ot at 126 metres rises above the forested parts of the Vrtojba–Bilje Hills and offers a stunning view of the forest covered surroundings and vineyards. Its name derives from the saint’s name of Oton or Oto. A church dedicated to this saint already stood on the hill in 1530. The church was demolished and only remains of the church were preserved until World War I when the Austro-Hungarian soldiers used them to fortify their defense positions on the hills above Šempeter and Vrtojba. The little that remained of the church was taken away after World War II, when a concrete memorial in honor of the fallen partisan soldiers on the Gorica Front was placed on the spot where the Austrian Army had a lookout position. Today Sveti Ot stands as a reminder of the times of hardship during the First and Second World Wars and of the Rapallo Border, when the entire Primorska Region was under the Italian reign. Now this place is a place of peace and rest, recreation, and beautiful nature.
A number of footpaths bring you to the top of Sveti Ot. We recommend you take the path from Bukovica or Vrtojba.
Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296