Pordenone is a beautiful, modern, curious and fun city: it is also a beautiful historic center that you can walk on to be seduced by the elegance of the painted buildings and arcades, by the poetry of the frescoes that reveal the history of the city. Pordenone is also the city that gave birth to Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis, better known as “The Pordenone” (1484-1539), an important painter of the Renaissance.
Pordenone, known as “the painted town”, is worth a visit also because its province has a lot more to offer with a few hidden treasures: small towns such as Sacile, Spilimbergo, San Vito al Tagliamento, and 6 of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.
A City and its River
The history of Pordenone (the ancient name is Portus Naonis) is still linked to the Noncello River, a waterway that for centuries has been navigable, determining the economic development of the city.
Pordenone, today appears to the eyes of the tourist as a town tied to its past, with its buildings, frescoes, monuments of the charming old town, yet a town that welcomes the challenges of the present and the future.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the ancient Contrada Maggiore, starts from the ancient Palazzo del Comune, with its very original Gothic forms, an elegant street with long arcades, buildings of great artistic interest, well-kept shop windows and welcoming cafés.
The downtown is dominated by the Town Hall with the clock tower and the Gothic loggia and the Cathedral with its imposing bell tower and the richly frescoed interior.
Dynamism and creativity are evident in architecture, and in all the international artistic, musical and literary events that have made Pordenone a rich cultural reality.
Pordenone is also nature: a stone’s throw from the city, on the right bank of the Noncello, the Riviera road called Riviera del Pordenone develops, with a bike path and wide sidewalk from which you can look out to admire a magnificent green oasis.