A living room with a Mitteleuropean flavour, immersed in greenery and ready to tell a story that goes back more than nine centuries. This is how Gradisca d'Isonzo presents itself to visitors, a noble town that, especially from the 16th century onwards, assumed a key role in the defence system set up by the Republic of Venice against the Turkish invasions. In fact, the Serenissima fortified it powerfully, so much so that the historic centre of Gradisca was enclosed in 1479 by a mighty city wall. Gradisca's significant architectural heritage grew with particular momentum under the princes of Eggenberg, between the 17th and 18th centuries. The four centuries of Habsburg influence left a strong historical imprint, which today is combined with a distinct commercial and cultural liveliness. There are many restaurants and eateries, including the regional wine shop 'La Serenissima' where you can taste the best wines of Friuli Venezia Giulia.