Pordenone owes its definition as town of water from the Noncello river on whose banks it developed back in Roman times. Our tour will take you into the old medieval town, which got larger during the domination of La Serenissima Republic of Venice. The highlights include the Cathedral of San Marco, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Garibaldi, which make a stunning parade of ancient fresco-painted residences.
A trip into the neighbouring territory will lead you to Sacile, a beautiful small town once known as “the garden of La Serenissima” after the noblemen from Venice bought their second houses here to come for short stays. You’ll then enjoy a nice stop in Porcia, with a visit to a castle and a lake. The small town of Cordenons offers an interesting landscape known as Magredi (meager soil), made of a thick layer of white stones brought downhill by the rivers Cellina and Meduna.
Upstream, towards the mountains, you’ll get to Maniago, where local craftsmen have specialized in quality knife manufacturing, and Aviano, home to a NATO base and aviation field. Another interesting trip into the mountain area includes a visit to the Vajont Dam, which caused a devastating flood in 1963. Sesto al Reghena with its ancient abbey and San Vito al Tagliamento with its beautifully decorated churches will make the two jewels of the crown of your tour.
Following the course of the Tagliamento River, you will reach Casarsa della Delizia, home town of the famous poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Nearby Valvasone hosts a beautiful castle and medieval houses.
A stroll along the charming town of Spilimbergo will plunge you deep in the Middle Ages. On your way, you’ll meet a seven-eyed Gothic Cathedral with its hidden treasures, the fresco-painted buildings of an ancient Castle, imposing towers and a maze of narrow streets lined by palaces. Have a stop in a typical tavern to sip a glass of local wine and then follow your guide into the Mosaic School to watch students at work and admire their beautiful mosaics. An ancient art is brought back to life under your eyes.