Gorizia, Italy & Kanal, Slovenia

Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!

8 Hours ・ $35 USD

Crossing over into Italy

The terms of my rental car did not allow for crossing borders within Europe and this forced me to leave the car just outside Italy. This was for the better, as parking in Italy was a bit of a nightmare, from what I could see when I was there as a pedestrian. Crossing over into Italy was like crossing a street anywhere in the world. The Schengen Agreement really is a core part of what makes Europe what it is today.

Eating pizza at Peperino in Gorizia

My friend suggested we have lunch at Peperino, a well regarded pizzeria in town. I was not disappointed, the bread and the cheese was something special. I can’t really describe it because words don’t do it justice. Let’s just say it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. I also had a local beer that was really refreshing and hoppy, also one of the better beers I’ve had in Europe. Big thumbs up for Peperino. 👍

Catching Up

During lunch we had the time to catch up on the trip, what I thought of mainland Europe and overall life. It was nice to meet an old friend and talk about what’s going on in our lives. We talked politics, cryptocurrency and general chatter. If you’re in school, talk with the foreigners. You’ll never know when you’ll see them again.

Walking through the oldest street in Gorizia

Pietro showed me around town and we walked through the oldest street in Gorizia. This street was completely destroyed during WWII. It really is incredible to walk through a street and think about what happened where you’re standing, 70 years ago.

Walking to the castle in Gorizia

If you’re in Gorizia by any chance, go up to the castle. It provides incredible views of the city and fresh water, water you’re going to absolutely need if you had pizza an hour earlier.

Driving to Kanal, Slovenia

After a few hours around Gorizia we hopped on my rental car and headed for Kanal, a small town in Slovenia. Kanal was beautiful, there is a canal going through the center of town with turquoise colored water. I shot a few photos when I was there and people seem to really like those photos. The contrast the water provides to the photo seems to really catch an eye. We spent about 30 minutes chatting over coffee and gelato before I was ready to drive back to Lesce, my base for those days.

Concluding my trip to Slovenia

The last day of my trip in Slovenia was hard because I knew it was time to fly back home to California. I loved Slovenia. I had an incredible time and to be quite honest, I found this trip to be more enjoyable than Iceland. Maybe it’s because I stayed in hostels and the people made it so much better or because I have more experience traveling alone. I honestly don’t know but I know that I had a great time road tripping through Slovenia. This road trip might seem hard to reach financially but I only spent $1,000 USD in Slovenia, including the rental car. If you want to do a trip like this, make it a priority and you’ll be in Slovenia in no time. If you have any questions, including about the cost, feel free to email me or Tweet me.

Slovenia Collection

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the start of my road trip across Slovenia. I spend enough time to see Ljubljana, have breakfast and see the major spots. The cathedral is worth spending time in, as well as the castle. Walking through the center of town is a must and it’s really important to try all of the pastries.

Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and one that hosts the natural beauty of Slovenia. The park it self is home to many natural wonders, including Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall and my favorite, Vršič Pass. My suggestion, if you’re going to Slovenia set a base that you can drive back to at night. Slovenia is really small and you can spend the day in the park, drive back to base and explore the rest of the park the next day.

Bled, Slovenia

Bled is a small town, 40 minutes outside of Ljubljana. Bled is mostly known for Lake Bled, a lake with a church in the center of it. In Bled you can go for a hike and see Lake Bled from above or go to the castle and fork over €10. I decided to skip the castle altogether. The reviews online were not great and people regarded the castle as a tourist trap with nothing interesting to see and mostly a place for overpriced food. I wouldn’t spend more than a day in Bled. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled and parking can be really expensive and hard to come by.

Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a beautify city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.

Gorizia, Italy & Kanal, Slovenia

Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!