A town and its river, an indissoluble relationship that has made of Pordenone what it appears today in the eyes of the tourist: a town still very much tied to its past, as testified by the historical buildings, frescoes and monuments of the charming old town , yet a center also ready to embrace the challenges of present and future.
Pordenone is a beautiful, modern, curious and entertaining town: you can explore the old town on foot and let yourself be seduced by the charm of historical buildings and porticos as well as the poetry of frescoes that seem to tell the history of this center like pages of a book. Starting from the old City Hall , which features original Gothic architectural elements, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II , the former Contrada Maggiore, stretches out as an elegant street flanked by porticos, historical buildings of great artistic interest, carefully-arranged shop windows and cozy cafes.
Pordenone is also the town that gave birth to Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis (1484-1539), known as “the Pordenone” , the greatest Fruilian painter of the Renaissance period.
- Castello di Torre (late 12th century), residence of the Ragogna family and now seat of the Western Friuli Archaeological Museum. It was assaulted in 1402 by Imperial troops, who destroyed the castle. A few years later a tower was rebuilt.
- Castle of the ancient town of Pordenone, located in Piazza della Motta, now a prison.
- Roman Villa of Torre, remains of a patrician villa discovered in the 1950s.
In the city there are nine buildings protected by the Regional Institute Venetian Villas (IRVV). Worthy of note are:
- Villa Cattaneo, the Gaspera, (seventeenth century), which is characterized by a high arched pediment (Villanova of Pordenone);
- Villa Cattaneo, Cirielli Barbini, probably dating back to 700 (Vallenoncello of Pordenone).
Sleeping Beauty awakes. This industrial town in Friuli has put on a new dress and got rid of its past Cinderella image and its ugly duckling complex. Pordenone now banks on culture, also to bring together people from more than one-hundred ethnic groups living in town
Pordenone has hosted every year for more than a decade the book festival pordenonelegge.it, which includes book stalls being placed all over the town center as well as interviews with Italian and international authors and lectures by journalists and scholars.
Pordenone has been the primary host to the Giornate del cinema muto, a festival of silent film, since 1981, excepting an eight-year lapse after the host theater, Cinema-Teatro Verdi, was torn down. The nearby town of Sacile hosted the festival from 1999 to 2006.
Pordenone is also home to the FMK International Short Film Festival.
In the 1980s, Pordenone was the hub of the Italian punk rock scene.
Since 1991, the town has hosted each summer the Pordenone Blues Festival, expanding its scope in 2010 encompassing the fields of performing arts, literature and visual arts. Notable guests over the years include Kool & the Gang, Steve Hackett, Rival Sons, Anastacia, Ronnie Jones and Ana Popović. Performers playing at this festival include artists based in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and other countries.
Museums and galleries
Located in the Pastoral Activities Centre, designed by Othmar Barth (1988), retains a remarkable artistic heritage from churches and religious buildings of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Concordia-Pordenone.
Town Art Museum
The museum is housed in the Palazzo Ricchieri, an important place to understand the art of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In it houses works by various painters, such as Pordenone, P. Amalteo, Varotari, Pietro della Vecchia, O. Politi and Michelangelo Grigoletti.
Civic Museum of Natural History Silvia Zenari
Archaeological Museum of Western Friuli
The museum, housed since 2006 in the ancient castle of the Torre of Pordenone, the last residence of Count Giuseppe di Ragogna, illustrates the archaeological heritage of the Province of Pordenone. Of particular significance are the finds from the caves Pradis and pile-dwelling (or stilt house) of Palù di Livenza (UNESCO World Heritage Site – Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps).
Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art “Armando Pizzinato”
The museum is housed in a Venetian villa of the city park, once owned by industrialist Galvani. In its rooms it houses paintings by Mario Sironi, Renato Guttuso, Corrado Cagli, Alberto Savinio, Filippo de Pisis, Giuseppe Zigaina, Armando Pizzinato and many others.
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