Piazza della Transalpina
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From 1947 (Treaty of Paris) until 2007 the square was divided by an international border between Italy and Yugoslavia (Slovenia since 1991). Movement on the square is now free because both Italy and Slovenia are EU members and parts of the Schengen Area. Before 21 December 2007, free movement was only allowed within the square provided that a person that entered the square from one country returned to that country. An approved border crossing was located 100 m from the square. It is now no longer needed and has not been in use since 2007.
The Nova Gorica railway station is located at one end of the square, in Slovenia. In summers, the square is regularly used for concerts, public meetings, and public demonstrations or protests against local politics or current events.
The naming of the square is somewhat controversial because Slovenia suggested "Europe Square", but Italy has preferred to use the old historical name Piazza della Transalpina.
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