Gori wis a important militar stranghauld in the Middle Ages an maintains a strategic importance due tae its location on the principal heich-gate connectin eastren an wastren pairts o Georgie. In the course o its history, Gori haes been invadit bi the airmies o regional pouers several times. The ceety wis occupeed bi Roushie troops durin the Roushie-Georgie War.
Gori is locatit 76 kilometres (47 mi) wast o Georgie's caipital Tbilisi, at the confluence o the rivers Mtkvari an Greater Liakhvi, 588 metres (1,929 ft) abuin sea level. The climate is transitional frae moderately warm steppe tae moderately humid. Simmer is uisually hot. The average annual temperatur is 10.9 °C (51.6 °F), minimal in Januar (−1.2 °C/29.8 °F) an maximal in August (22.5 °C/72.5 °F). The maximum precipitation faws in Mey (76 mm/3.0 in) an minimum in August (34 mm/1.3 in) an Januar (30 mm/1.2 in).