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San Dorligo della Valle
—  Comune  —
Comune di San Dorligo della Valle
San Dorligo della Valle is located in Italy
San Dorligo della Valle
Location of San Dorligo della Valle in Italy
Coordinates: 45°37′N 13°51′E / 45.617°N 13.85°E / 45.617; 13.85Coordinates: 45°37′N 13°51′E / 45.617°N 13.85°E / 45.617; 13.85
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Province Province of Trieste (TS)
Frazioni Bagnoli della Rosandra (Boljunec), Bottazzo (Botač), Caresana (Mačkolje), Crociata di Prebenico (Križpot), Domio (Domjo), Draga Sant'Elia (Draga), Francovez (Frankovec), Grozzana (Gročana) , Hervati (Hrvati), Lacotisce (Lakotišče), Log (Log), Mattonaia (Krmenka), Pesek, Prebenico (Prebeneg), Puglie di Domio (Domjansko pulje), San Antonio in Bosco (Boršt), Dolina, San Giuseppe della Chiusa (Ricmanje), San Lorenzo (Jezero)
 - Mayor Fulvia Premolin
 - Total 24.5 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 - Total 6,019
 - Density 245.7/km2 (636.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 34018
Dialing code 040
Website Official website

San Dorligo della Valle (Slovene: Dolina) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Trieste in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 4 km southeast of Trieste, on the border with Slovenia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 6,019 and an area of 24.5 km².[1] According to the 1971 census, 70,5% of the population are ethnic Slovenes, while the rest are mostly Italians.



The Slovene name of the village, Dolina, means 'Valley'. It used to be the official name in Italian, as well, until it was renamed to San Dorligo Della Valle in 1923, as part of the policies of Italianization. In the local Italian Triestine dialect, the village is still referred to simply as Dolina.

Geographical position

Most of the municipality of San Dorligo is located under the Kras plateau, with some settlements on the plateau itself. It enjoys a relatively mild Mediterranean climate, although the harsh and cold Bora wind frequently blows in the autumn and winter months.

The comune borders the following municipalities: Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia), Hrpelje-Kozina (Slovenia), Muggia (Milje), Sežana (Slovenia), and Trieste (Trst).

It has a border crossing with Slovenia at Pese di Grozzana (Kozina on the Slovenian side). Another crossing is located in the village of Crociata di Prebenico, Caresana, with the Slovenian village of Osp in Koper municipality.


From mid 18th century to 1918, the area was under the Habsburg Empire. From 1813 to 1918, the area around San Dorligo was part of the County of Istria in the Austrian Littoral. The great majority (almost the totality) of the population was Slovene-speaking. After World War One, the area was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy, and was included in the administrative region known as the Julian March. In 1945, it was shortly occupied by the Yugoslav People's Army and later by the US and British Armies. Between 1947 and 1954, it was part of the Zone A of the Free Territory of Trieste. In 1954, it came again under Italian jurisdiction.

Culture and traditions

Home of a spring festival known as the Majenca (held in May) which culminates in the falling of a cherry tree, tied to the top of a tall pole.

San Dorligo is home to the variety of olive tree called bianchera istriana in Italian and istrska belica in Slovene (both meaning "the Istrian white"), known for its endurance to harsh climate and its gentle and high quality olive oil.

Demographic evolution

See also


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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