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 centre also ready to embrace the challenges of present and future.  The history of Pordenone (the ancient Portus Naonis) today is still connected to the Noncello, a river which was navigable for centuries and contributed to the economic development of this town, by helping create a peculiar propensity to innovation and exchange.  The dynamic and creative soul of town is evident from the architectural, artistic, musical and literary production as well as its numerous international events such as "Pordenonelegge", the "Giornate del Cinema Muto" (Silent Film Festival) or "Dedica Festival", which have put Pordenone on the map as a culturally rich and original destination at national and international level. 



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 centre 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 cosy 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.

Pordenone means nature too: a few steps away from town, the riverside road called Riviera del Pordenone stretches along the right bank of the river Noncello, featuring a bike lane and wide pavement from which you can admire a magnificent green oasis. Another large green area is Galvani Park, which includes the residence of the Galvani family, built in the late eighteenth century. The villa has been restored and extended with the addition of a new facility which hosts the PAFF! Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli (Building of Comics Museum). The Park features a regular layout and is remindful of the gardens of Venetian villas, including a pond flanked by the MIRA - Itinerary Museum of the Ancient Rose, an open-air museum where visitors can walk along a path and admire a variety of roses and rose bushes arranged so as to trace the history of rose and its family tree.


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