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Birthplace of the famous Renaissance painter Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis.
WHAT SHOULD YOU CERTAINLY VISIT IN PORDENONE?

 

ONCE THE ROMAN PORT CITY - PORTUS NAONIS 

 

Pordenone is the capital of the province of Pordenone. With approximately 50,000 inhabitants, it is not a big city but that makes it more accessible and easier to visit. The historical center with its beautiful palazzi, churches and town hall provides a cozy and intimate atmosphere and is easily visitable in half a day.

The city is built along the banks of the River Noncello and used to be in Roman times an important river port then called Portus Naonis (the port of the River Naone - current Noncello).

It is not a coincidence that Pordenone was built here. It lays on the important ancient commercial route, the Roman street ‘Via Postumia’ that led from Concordia Sagittarius in Veneto to Zuglio (in the Carnia Mountains) near the Austrian border. 

 

THE FAMOUS PAINTER GIOVANNI ANTONIO DE SACCHIS
 

The city rejoiced in the Renaissance time with the birth of a famous Italian painter named Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis better known as "Il Pordenone". Often as a surname was given the city of origin of the artists. He also worked a lot in Venice where he was a pupil of the famous painter Giorgione and a competitor of Tiziano.

In several churches and buildings, you can still admire his paintings and frescoes for example in the Cathedral of San Marco. Here hangs his famous painting "Madonna della Misericordia" and there is the painted pillar with his self-portrait representing the Saint Rocco. The cathedral was consecrated in 1374 and its 79 meters high bell tower is the highest in the region.

 

THE HISTORICAL CENTRE
 

In the historical center, there are many beautiful 14th century buildings - palaces. Most are located along the main street, the lively Corso Vittorio Emanuele II where you can pleasantly walk under the porticos hiding from the sun or rain. You see the 13th century Palazzo Ricchieri, originally built as a tower but later converted into a residence by the Ricchieri family, now used as The Art Museum. At the end of the street lies the beautiful 13th-century town hall built in Gothic style.

The city has several beautiful parks where locals enjoy going for a walk or go out for a picnic. 

BOOK ME FOR A GUIDED TOUR

A visit to Friuli Venezia Giulia is not complete without a visit to Pordenone.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to book a guided tour. I will be happy to show you around and tell you much more about Pordenone and the surrounding towns such as Sacile, Spilimbergo and Valvasone. Clicking on the purple button more details appear of what you will see during the guided tour and the rates.

The highlights of Pordenone:
  • Cathedral San Marco with frescoes of "Il Pordenone"
  • The gothic town hall
  • The historical center with the main street Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Palazzo Ricchieri (art musuem)
  • Church Santissima Trinità
  • Ex - Convent San Francesco
Good to combine with one of the following sights:
Sesto al Reghena

Sesto al Reghena

Sesto al Reghena

Sesto al Reghena

Valvasone

Valvasone

Sacile

Sacile

Sacile

Sacile

Event:
Every year in September, books and authors are the protagonists of the most important cultural event in the Pordenone area.

In an atmosphere of festivity writers, poets and journalists mingle easily with the public in several venues. 

Pordenone becomes for five days a city that forgets its typically industrial vocation and lets words, those written in books and read and told, permeate its streets, its houses, its people.
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