Pordenone is a city located in the Fruili-Venezia Guilia region in northeastern Italy. The name of the city means "port on the River Noncello". The history of the city dates back to the Roman age when several agricultural settlements and villas were locatedhere. In the later centuries the city was made to be a port on the River. In the 14th century Pordenone was handed over to the Habsburg family and later to the Republic of Venice in the 16th century. After the First World War the economy of the city suffered extensively but it picked up again because of the military presence after the Second World War.
Getting to Pordenone
Pordenone is quite well connected by trains to the cities in the region like Gorizio, Grado, Lignano and Udine. Generally there are around three to four trains everyday that travel between Pordenone and these cities so it quite comfortable to reach the city by train. Another option is to travel by buses. The buses are usually available for reaching the city from the other smaller towns in the commune and the ones located outside the province generally take longer by buses. Visitors can also drive down easily in a car since the highways are quite well made.
Moving Around in the City
Pordenone is a very compact city with just an area of 38.2 Square Km so it is very easy to move around the city on foot. Most attractions in the city are located in close proximity to the center of the city so exploring them on foot is quite easy. Another option is to use the public buses which are usually used by the locals. The buses cover almost all parts of the city and are quite comfortable to travel by. Taxis are also available, but they would have to be booked in advance.
Attractions in Pordenone
Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II
Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II is an interesting place to visit just for the architecture. The edifices are mostly gothic and renaissance in style and are typically decorated with beautiful frescoes. The architecture is quite typical to this part of Italy.
Duomo of St. Mark
The Duomo of St. Mark is built in gothic and Romanesque style in 1363. It was restored and renovated several times in the later centuries. The bell tower is 79 meters high and the altar piece was done by a native Renaissance painter. The cathedral is mainly known for its famous frescoes, especially the fresco of San Rocco.
The Palazzo Ricchieri has been used in several different ways in the past centuries. It was originally built in the 13th century as a tower house but was later used as a private palace by the Ricchieri family. Today the Palazzo is being used as a museum; the Town Art Museum is now housed in this palace.
Church of Santissima Trinita
The church of Santissima Trinita is located near the Noncello River. The church has beautiful frescoes in the interior and has an octagonal plant. Other than these two features there isn't much very interesting about the church.
The communal palace is built in the gothic style of architecture and it was constructed around 1292 AD. However, only the palace itself is that old. Several other additions were only made in the 16th century here. The watch tower, the loggia and the pinnacles were all designed by a local painter and made in the 16th century.
Castello Di Torre
The Castello Di Torre was built in Pordenone towards the end of the 12th century. The castle was originally used as a residence by the local Ragogna family for years. Today the tower castle is used as a museum. In 1402 the castle was attacked by the Imperial Army and only the tower was left standing. The Western Fruili archeological museum is now located here and showcases some interesting objects and artifacts that were found in the region and dates back to the Roman and pre-historic times.
Roman Villa of Torre
The ruins of the Roman Villa of Torre were only discovered here in 1950 and are a must visit since the ruins date back to the Roman times, one of the oldest remaining ruins in the city.
Stay and Accommodation
Pordenone is a fairly compact city but it still has decent options in terms of accommodation and hotels. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, top range as well as budget hotels. Pordenone also typically has quite a lot of Bed & Breakfasts for the budget conscious. The Bed & Breakfasts here are generally clean and comfortable, although its best to check before getting a room booked. Some good places to stay in the town are Hotel Minerva, Hotel Oliva, Palace Hotel Moderno, Best Western Park Hotel and Hotel Villa Ottoboni
Eating Out in Pordenone
Pordenone has some good options when it comes to eating out. There are quite a lot of good restaurants serving authentic Italian food, cafes, pubs, pizzerias and delicatessens. For local food the best places to try are Al Cavaliere Perso, Mediterraneo, La Cassette, C'era Una Volta and Aquila Nera. The cafes here serve some good light snacks and appetizers, best for a light lunch. The outdoor cafes here are very popular with the tourists and the locals since they allow good outdoor views and light sandwiches and foods. Visitors should also try some of the local desserts and the traditional pastries.
Shopping in Pordenone
Pordenone has quite a lot of places for shopping. The pedestrian shopping streets here tend to get very crowded in the evenings but they do have some good shops that sell locally made products. These streets are punctuated here and there with cafes which makes the shopping experience quite enjoyable. The local markets in the older section of the town are in particular interesting even if you don't want to purchase anything. This is the perfect place to observe the local lifestyle and experience the culture of the city.