Nova Gorica is a modern university city adjoining the Italian border. It's the largest city in the area and has interesting recent history, but it lacks natural beauty or historic charm. Its tourist 'appeal' lies in the casinos that draw Italians from across the border who can’t gamble at home.
There's no reason to linger long – it's better to end up in one of the attractive neighbouring regions: the Soča Valley to the north, or the postcard-pretty wine-growing areas of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley.
Nova Gorica is a long town, running about 5km from the crossing with Italy at Rožna Dolina (Casa Rossa) in the south to Solkan in the north.