Nova Gorica is a relatively young town. It was built in 1947 to plans by the famous architect Le Corbusier.
To its south stands the Kostanjevica monastery, built in the first half of the 17th century. The monastery building houses a rich library and the family vault of the last descendants of the House of Bourbon. To the east of the city, above the village of Kromberk, stands a picturesque 16th century mansion well worth visiting. It is home to the Gorica Museum.
The town of Nova Gorica is located just a short distance from Goriška Brda, a wine growing region of rolling hills producing one quarter of Slovenia's wine. This picturesque area, scattered with fortified medieval villages and mansions, offers a choice of local gourmet specialities. The local building style, best exemplified by Dobrovo Castle and the village of Šmartno, both built in the first half of the 17th century, reflects influences from central and northern Italian Renaissance architecture. Dobrovo Castle houses a permanent collection of works by the world renowned Slovenian painter Zoran Mušič, who lived and worked in Venice and Paris.