Gori, named after its hilltop fortress, dating back to the 7th century. Later, the city became an important trade hub. More recently, it was the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and the city is home to a museum containing amongst other exhibits, the former Soviet leader’s personal effects and the train in which he travelled to Yalta and Potsdam. Nearby, visitors can take the waters at Gorivaji, said to have healing properties.