Pordenone – another smaller Venice just few kilometres of Venice

Of all the towns located in the region of Friuli – Venezia Giulia, it is Pordenone which is closest one to Venice, and not only because of the geography. When you explore this town better, you’ll realize that Pordenone is very similar in the overall culture and mentality to Venice.

Pordenone, Friuli - Venezia Giulia, Italy
Palazzo comunale and tower of Duomo di San Marco, Pordenone, Friuli – Venezia Giulia, Italy by Sebi1 at wikipedia.org

Beauties of Pordenone

The city began to develop as early as Roman times and as was usual at that times, important trade centers were built around the rivers. And this is the case of Pordenone as well, which is situated on the river Noncello.

The main street of the town is Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Here, in this promenade you’ll see a wealth of Gothic and Renaissance palaces, such as the Municipal House – Palazzo Comunale. Then, in the city center, you will find the Piazza San Marco with its magnificent dome of St. Marco. However, be sure to come to the remains of an ancient castle, where you can still see the castle’s and city walls.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Pordenone by Luke McKernan

Surroundings and Celebrations

If you would like to see something around Pordenone, in its neighborhood, you should definitely visit the National Park known in Italy as Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Friulane. There you can admire the wonderful flora, fauna and breathe fresh air.

Hiking in Dolomiti Friulane, Italy
Hiking in Dolomiti Friulane by Montanaia Racing

Perhaps because of this national park and thanks to several endangered species of birds that live here, you can attend exhibition which is held annually just near Pordenone. Well, it is not just exhibition but also the market of aviary singing birds Sagra dei Osei. It is held the first Sunday after the feast of Ferragosto, so in August, and attracts not only the people from all over Italy, but also from all over Europe.

If you would rather like to taste the local cuisine, or learn about local traditions, you should come to Pordenone in November at the Festa di San Martino. It’s a typical exhibition of local artists who present the Friuli and Venetian history and practices. At the kiosks you can taste roasted chestnuts and in the pubs some of the local meals and wine. During the festival you will be accompanied by live music.

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