Outdoor Museum Vodice

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Easy | 3.5 hrs

Mt. Vodice, situated in the southwest part of the Banjška planota Plateau, affords a splendid view over the nearby Mt. Sveta Gora, and its neighbour, Mt. Sabotin, stretching all the way to the Adriatic. An indicated circular route through the outdoor museum takes you past the mausoleum of General Maurizio Ferrante Gonzaga and the monument to the three alpini battalions, Monte Levana, Aosta, and Val Toce, who conquered the north-western part of Mt.Vodice on 18 May 1917. Also interesting to see are several-storey caves and numerous preserved trenches.
On 12 May 1917 the Italian Army started the Tenth Isonzo Battle. Shelling with gas and incendiary shells was directed towards Austro-Hungarian positions in the area of Zagora–Paljevo–Plave–Globno, and most intensely towards Mt. Prižnica (Hill 383). On 14 May 1917 the infantry troops of the Italian 2nd Corps, under the command of General Badoglio, gradually conquered Zagora, Zagomila, Mt. Kuk and Mt. Košutnik. On the 18th of May they also conquered Mt. Prižnica and the summit of Mt. Vodice, and later its southeast ridge, all the way to the saddle of Preški vrh. From there, it was possible for the Italians to watch the Grgar basin (Grgarska kotlina) where the Austro-Hungarian Army had an important supply centre and a muster area for their reserves. In the following months the ridge of Vodice remained a scene of bloody battles that ended without any major success but with numerous casualties on either side. On the night of 23/24 August 1917, the Austro-Hungarian soldiers withdrew from these positions due to the unendurable pressure of the Italian eleventh offensive, and occupied new positions of defence on the Banjška planota Plateau.


Photos: (1) Matevž Lenarčič, Fundacija Poti miru; (2, 3, 5, 6) Schirra/Giraldi, PromoTurismoFVG; (4) Fundacija Poti miru


Guided Tour Programme:

The Underground Labyrinth on Mt. Vodice

Access and useful info


After the village of Plave, continue towards Nova Gorica. At the end of a plain, turn left for Zagora and Zagomila. After the hamlet of Zagomila the tarmac road finishes and you continue on a dirt road. Go straight ahead at the next fork and follow the path to the pass between Mt. Sveta Gora and Vodice. Here you turn left and soon arrive to the area of the outdoor museum Vodice.
You can reach Vodice also from the direction of Sveta Gora. Turn left onto a dirt road at the parking area under Sveta Gora. The road will bring you to the pass, where you turn right. Soon after the turn you will arrive to the parking area on Mt. Vodice.
But, we heartily invite you to head to Mt. Vodice on foot from the direction of Sveta Gora.


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 Kanal
Pionirska ulica 2
SI–5213 Kanal
+386 5 398 12 13

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

Hiking Biking Families Researchers Groups
Easy | 3.5 hrs


3.5 hrs

GPS coordinates

46.015271, 13.634591


651 m

Best time of year



Trekking clothing and footwear, trekking poles, drinks and food from backpack, flashlight