Pordenone is an important economic and industrial centre, situated in the western part of Friuli and boasts prehistoric origins; during the roman age the foundation of Aquileia colony and the construction of Via Postumia, which connected the town with Genoa, had been relevant. After the fall of the Roman Empire the territory of Pordenone experienced a period of barbarian invasions, but only the Longobards had left traces of their passage. At the end of 13th century the town passed under the control of Habsburg and the economical development of Pordenone began thanks to an economical relationship with local and foreign markets. In 1537 it followed the laws of Venice, but the real industrial take-off was during the Reign of Lombard-Veneto, due to the hydroelectric energy. In this field Pordenone boasts enviable potentiality. With the Third War of Independence, in the year 1866, the town became definitely Italian.
The city and its monuments
The historical town centre is crossed by a central street called Corso Vittorio Emanuele, that offers lots of attractions and is considered the heart of Pordenone. Under its arcades many stores and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces recreate the glamour and the charm of the past. Among the most important monuments are the Cathedral of San Marco, a beautiful example of centuries of invasions and a precious box for worthy works of art: statues, frescoes and canvas by Tintoretto. The former cloister of San Francesco is nowadays seat of numerous exhibitions and together with the Castle these are the main art attractions of Pordenone.
The geographical area
See worthy is the village Torre, situated just outside Pordenone. It was inhabited during the Roman Age and it shows lots of evidences from the past time. In the surroundings of Pordenone there is the Noncello Valley, where the tourists can walk through the River Natural Park or visit the Park San Valentino: with its seven hectares of extension this is the biggest town park in Friuli. Inside there are walking and jogging paths, a small lake, where different sorts of birds live. Many castles, historical palaces, medieval villages or places rich in history and memories, as for example the castle of Caneva, those of Aviano and Maniago and that of Porcia, where, under its walls, important past events happened.