The Gradina Visitor Center is the departure point of several routes and ring-routes
along the Karst region in the territory of Gorizia. Within the Visitor Center there are also a museum, a restaurant
and a guest house
. In the nature-historical museum
there is an exhibition-interactive itinerary showing the historical, cultural, vegetational, faunistic and safeguard features of the Karst region.
The itinerary begins with the room dedicated to the phenomenon of the karst lakes, and it reveals the location and the role of the ponors, the origin of the waters that flow into the lakes, and the reason why the water level changes.
Along the itinerary some reconstructions, description panels and computers show how the Karst region has changed in the course of prehistory, and how the human dwellings changed passing from the caves to the "castellieri" of the Bronze Age. The itinerary continues through the natural environments of the Reserve, and it proposes reproductions of the moor and of the karst forest, and of the corrosion types connected with the karst phenomenon as well.
The last part is dedicated to the local history and to the traces left by the people during World War I, but also to the stone quarries that supplied the material to build and decorate palaces since the Roman age.
In a detached room visitors can watch a simultaneous show of two videos about the Reserve's natural beauties.
on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 10 am to 10 pm
Opening hours could be modified due to initiatives and bookings at the Visitor Centre.
The facility features a bar, a restaurant and a cozy guest house with 20 beds.