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Sgonico is a town in the province of Trieste, located in the central part of the Trieste karst plateau, just a short distance from the border of Slovenia. It was inhabited since ancient times, as many important finds, dating from the Paleolithic Period and found in the Cave of Monte San Leonardo, reveal. Four hill forts were built here between the Iron Age and the Bronze one. The place name, documented since 1309, probably derives from "Zvonìk" (bell tower). In 1494 Sgonico is already a town, still remaining under the jurisdiction of the Lords of Duino. In 1811 its territory included also places now belonging to the neighboring municipalities of Duino-Aurisina and Monrupino. Afetr the First World war it was annexed to the Italian Reign.
- the remains of the four hill forts (on Monte San Leonardo, near the station of Bristie, on Monte Coste and that one of Sales);
- the hill fort of Rupinpiccolo, dating back to the Iron Age, one of the best preserved in Trieste karst area;
- the Gigante Grotto, with its impressive heritage of stalactites and stalagmites, it the largest underground cavity;
- the charming Church of Sant'Ulderico in Samatorza, dating back to the XVI century;
- the Church of San Michele Arcangelo;
- the typical osmizze, where it is possible to taste and buy local products;
- the Carsiana Botanical Garden;
- the Monte Lanaro Natural Reserve.


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