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Piazza della Vittoria

A religious, political and economic centre of Gorizia for a long time, the central area of the city has taken on many different names: Travnik (Meadow), Piazza Maggiore, Piazza Grande, Piazza della Vittoria.

The square is home to some of the events that marked the twentieth-century Gorizia: the visit of Benito Mussolini in 1938, the radio announcement for the entry into the war in 1940, the speech of the Duce in 1942, the arrival of the German troops in 1943 and of the Yugoslav ones in 1945, the establishment of Allied Military Government immediately after the war.

Between 1945 and 1947 – while peace talks are taking place in Paris – Piazza della Vittoria became the privileged stage for numerous events for the national affiliation of the city, organized by both supporters of annexation to Yugoslavia and by proponents of the Italian option.