Tunnel underneath Mt. Sveta gora

Hiking Families Researchers Groups
Medium | 1.5 hrs

After the Italian forces conquered Mt. Sabotin in August 1916, the defenders retreated to their new defensive positions built on the south-western slope of Mt. Sveta Gora. The front positions were connected with the rear with a long tunnel dug under the so-called Hill of St. Francis of Asissi.  The tunnel gave shelter to the battalion commanders and it even had a water trough. The tunnel is still well preserved and accessible. You can enter it from the south-western side of the hill, from the main road to Mt. Sveta Gora, near the X station of the via crucis. You have to bear in mind that part of the tunnel rises and you will have to climb up, using a steel cable for aid, this is why a headlamp and good hiking shoes are essential. Moreover, the ceiling is quite low in some parts so we recommend wearing a protective helmet.  Due to the slippery terrain, do not enter the cave from the opposite direction.

Text: David Erik Pipan
Photos: (1) Tanja Gorjan, Fundacija Poti miru; (2–4) Simon Kovačič, Fundacija Poti miru


Guided Tour Programme:

The Mysteries of Mt. Sveta Gora

Access and useful info


The entrance to the tunnel is in the immediate vicinity of the main road Solkan–Sveta Gora, near the X station of the via crucis. The exit to the tunnel is near the statue of St. Francis of Asissi.


Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
SI–5222 Kobarid
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
turizem@potmiru.si, info@thewalkofpeace.com

TIC Nova Gorica
Kidričeva ulica 11
SI–5000 Nova Gorica
+386 5 330 46 00, +386 41 460 217

Hiking Families Researchers Groups
Medium | 1.5 hrs


1.5 hrs

GPS coordinates

45.995683, 13.659729

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