Main town of western Friuli, Pordenone is a city of about 80.000 inhabitants it rises in the heart of the low Friuli plain, surrounded on the southern side by the Carnic Alps. Despite being less known than other neighboring towns, Pordenone it is a pleasant place to discover during a weekend away, but also during a longer vacation perhaps using it as a base to explore the surroundings.
In this article, we tell you specifically what they are the things to see absolutely if you are in Pordenone, including the best places to eat / party, as well as some tips on how to get to / from the city.
- 10 things to see in Pordenone in a weekend
- What to see in Pordenone in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Pordenone: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Pordenone
- Plan your stay in Pordenone: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Pordenone in a weekend
1 - Cathedral and bell tower of San Marco
Built starting from the th century, the Cathedral of Pordenone o Cathedral of San Marco is the main building of worship in the city. Easily identifiable in the historic center for its bulk and neo-gothic architecture, the building has a single nave inside, with three side chapels on each side, as well as beautiful marble altars. The real treasure of the church, however, is the Altarpiece depicting the Madonna della Misericordia, placed on the first altar on the right and made by the painter Pordenone. Outside, what is most surprising (besides the rather majestic entrance portal) is the nearby bell tower, the undisputed symbol of the city: started in 1291 and finished many years later, it reaches a height of about 97 meters (also calculating the length of the cusp).
- the Cathedral and the bell tower are located in the historic center, overlooking the Piazza San Marco. From the Municipality of Pordenone it takes just a minute on foot following vicolo del Campanile, from the train station it takes about 8 minutes, following via Pola and via Gorizia - Get directions
- every day, from 8:30 to 18:30
2 - Church of San Giorgio
Another very important church of the diocese of Pordenone is the Church of San Giorgio. Built on a small oratory of the fourteenth century, this church has a typically neoclassical style as it is already perceived by observing it from the outside: clean, simple and linear as foreseen by the neoclassical canons. Next to the building stands the bell tower designed by Giovanni Battista Bassi with the statue of the saint on the top: regarding the statue, however, there is a heated dispute in the city, linked to the fact that the citizens based in Borgo Castello did not want the saint to turn his back on them, despite the protest lasting months, the statue was finally turned towards the square in front of the church.
- it is located not far from the Porcia Park. From the station it can be reached on foot in 8 minutes along via Mazzini and via Brusafiera; from the town, on the other hand, proceed straight along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II for about 10 minutes -Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Contrada Maggiore
The Contrada Maggiore it is the ancient city center where the main events of Pordenone once took place. Today known as Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Contrada Maggiore it is the most beautiful pedestrian street in the city, along which the most significant civil buildings but also several art palaces overlook. Strolling along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is certainly one of the unmissable activities to do if you are in the city, letting yourself be enveloped by the atmosphere of the past or relaxing in a bar with outdoor tables, observing passers-by.
- To follow the entire course, we advise you to start from the town and go up the street towards Piazza Cavour. From the station, you can get there in about 9 minutes following the signs for the municipality - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Town Hall
Right in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, there is the most important civil building of Pordedone or the Town Hall. Built between 1291 and 1395, the building has a trapezoidal plan and a structure completely made of brick. In the lower part, a beautiful loggia welcomes visitors, while the main tower forepart is surmounted by a large astronomical clock probably dating back to the sixteenth century. On its summit, two Moors carved in stone beat the hours marking the rhythm of city life. On the two sides, however, two turrets with conical cusps stand out.
- it is located along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. From the station, you can get there in about 9 minutes following the signs for the municipality - Get directions
- Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:30
5 - Piazza della Motta
Among the places that in the past were the undisputed protagonists of the city life of Pordenone, Motta square it is certainly to be placed in first place: it has always been an area destined for city market (more or less from 1400), this square, nicknamed Piazza dei Grani, it still houses some important historical buildings, including the former convent of the Friars Minor of San Francesco, the Palazzo del Monte dei Pegni and the Palazzo Galvani Damiani. The hub of popular life of the past, Piazza della Motta it was often used not only for the market, but as a stage for city festivals: in addition to the frequent basketball games and Carnival celebrations, the Pyre of Vecia. On that occasion, the puppet of an old woman was paraded through the streets of the city every evening in mid-Lent and, after a bogus trial, tried for all the sins committed by the community and burned at the stake.
- it is located a few steps from the Civic Museum of Natural History. From the town it is about 3 minutes along via del mercato, from the station instead about ten minutes - Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Verdi Theater
Although it is not a theater of ancient origin, the Verdi Municipal Theater is certainly one of the main attractions of the city of Pordenone, whose construction was strongly desired by the citizens at the beginning of the 2000s. Built on the ashes of the previous city theaters, the Verdi is characterized by a Italian Great Hall, with a beautiful central chandelier on the ceiling and a capacity of over 900 people. There is also a rehearsal room and a small space that can accommodate another 145 people. The theatrical proposal is very varied and ranges from musical performances, to theatrical performances up to poetry conferences.
- it is located in Viale Martelli. From the town you can get there in less than 6 minutes on foot along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and via Battisti; from the station instead it takes 8 minutes along via Mazzini - Get directions
- every day, from 16.00 pm onwards. Saturdays from 10.00 onwards.
- Free (it is not possible to visit the entire theater on your own, but you must organize a guided tour. For more information, please contact the e-mail address on the Verdi theater website.)
7 - Bridge of Adam and Eve
On the Noncello river, not far from the Town Hall, the Bridge of Adam and Eve allows the crossing of the two banks of the river connecting the city with the Church of the Holy Trinity. Made entirely of stone, the bridge has three arches and was built in 1550. Its peculiarity is the presence of two curious figures, one male and one female, donated to the city by a Venetian lieutenant and located on the pillars of the structure. However, not everyone knows that the two statues, although known by all the inhabitants of the city as Adam and Eve (probably in reference to a fresco in the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity), actually represent the pagan divinities Jupiter and Juno.
- it is just 2 minutes walk from the town hall. From the station it can be reached in ten minutes following via Pola and via Codafora - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Archaeological Museum of Western Friuli
Just outside the city, in a beautiful green area to the north, is the Castle of Pordenone o Tower of the Tower, built in medieval times. Inside, the Archaeological Museum of western Friuli which, in about twenty rooms full of panels, testimonies and finds, tells the story of these areas passing from Prehistory to the Middle Ages to end up in the present day. Among the most important pieces that are preserved here, we suggest you focus your attention on the archaeological finds found in the pile-dwelling site of Palù di Livenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for some years.
- it is located outside the city, about a forty minute walk from the center of Pordenone. If you prefer to travel by car, it will take you less than 10 minutes; in addition, the castle has a large parking lot where you can leave your vehicle - Get directions
- from Friday to Sunday, from 15:00 to 18:00. On Sundays the opening is also scheduled in the morning, from 10:00 to 12:00
- full € 3,00 reduced € 1,00
9 - Civic art museum
Another very interesting museum to visit if you are in Pordenone, in addition to the archaeological one, is the Civic art museum, located inside the Palazzo Ricchieri. The building is divided into two floors with wooden ceilings and fresco decorations that alone are worth the ticket price. The exhibition starts from the second floor, where the most ancient sculptures in wood and stone are exhibited, passing through works by fifteenth-century carvers, up to paintings of the '600-'700. Among the most important works, you can also find a rich selection of the pictorial production of the Pordenone artist Michelangelo Grigoletti.
- it is located inside the Palazzo Ricchieri, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The Palazzo is a short walk from the town hall, while the station is about 7 minutes away following via Gorizia - Get directions
- Wednesday to Sunday, 15pm to 00pm
- full € 3,00 reduced € 1,00
10 - San Valentino Park
Finally, if you want to relax a bit during your weekend in Pordenone, taking advantage of a nice day, we suggest you dedicate a few hours in the afternoon to visit the well-kept Valentino Park, a green area located not far from the center. Here, you can rest on a bench, read a book while sipping a coffee at a bar table, or indulge in physical activity by practicing a bit of jogging or taking a bike ride. Even for those traveling with children, this park is ideal: a special area of the park, in fact, is dedicated specifically to children with slides, swings and other fun games.
- it is located in via San Valentino, about twenty minutes on foot from the city center. If you prefer to travel by car, just follow via Dante for about 7 minutes before arriving at the Park car park - Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Pordenone in one day: recommended itinerary
Pordenone is a pleasant city to visit in a weekend, strolling through the historic center and exploring the surrounding areas by car. In particular, we have prepared a itinerary to be completed in a single day that can introduce you to the main monuments / museums of the city.
Morning: our itinerary starts from the famous Bridge of Adam and Eve, which is by far the most interesting way to access the historic city center. Continuing in the direction of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, we advise you to stop for breakfast at the Zampolli ice cream parlor, known not only for its excellent artisan ice cream but also for its pastas, chocolates and coffees. After breakfast, while you are in Piazza San Marco, come and visit the Pordenone Cathedral and the neighbor Campanile, once also used as a city prison. Then move to the Town Hall and, subsequently, towards Civic art museum, full of interesting pieces (including ancient wooden sculptures). From here, head towards the Contrada Maggiore o Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the most beautiful pedestrian street in the whole city and, if you still have strength, go straight on up to the beautiful neoclassical of Church of St. George.
Afternoon: Since it is lunch time, not far from the church there is an excellent place where you can eat delicious dishes: we are talking about Bean, in via Brusafiera. After eating, if it's a nice day, you can take the car (or continue on foot) and dedicate the rest of the afternoon to a nice walk outdoors, or to a little relaxation lying in the sun in the well-kept Valentino Park.
Evening: To end the day in Pordenone in the best possible way, head back towards Motta square, once the heart of popular life, and a few meters away you will find one of the best restaurants in the city: To the Lost Knight it is the worthy conclusion to a day full of discovery. Don't miss the homemade pasta or fish main courses!
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Gelateria Zampolli - Get directions
- Bridge of Adam and Eve - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Cathedral & bell tower of San Marco - opening hours: every day, from 8.30 to 18.30 - ticket price: free
- Town Hall - opening hours: from Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 17.30 - ticket price: free
- Civic Art Museum - opening hours: from Wednesday to Sunday, from 15.00 pm to 19.00 pm - ticket price: full € 3,00 reduced € 1,00
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Church of San Giorgio - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Lunch at Bean pizzeria restaurant - Get directions
- Parco del Valentino - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Piazza della Motta - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Dinner at Al Cavaliere Perso - Get directions
Where to eat in Pordenone: the best restaurants
- Antica Osteria Mingot: historic place in the city with a menu of traditional dishes
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Maggiore, 101 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0434370114
- Pizzeria Da Gianni: excellent local pizzeria with a wide selection of pizzas and light dough
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: piazzale dei Mutilati, 5 (Get directions) / tel: (+) 39 0434544050
- Al Gallo: elegant place suitable for both a romantic dinner and an evening with friends, with a menu based on fresh fish
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via San Marco, 10 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0434521610
- Bean: pizzeria / restaurant with excellent value for money
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: via Brusafiera, 22 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0434521938
- To the Lost Knight: traditional tavern, with a welcoming and familiar atmosphere
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: via della Motta, 9 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 043428061
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Pordenone
In addition to being an interesting destination to visit for its historical heritage, Pordenone is a city full of surprises, also in terms of nightlife. In fact, the city is full of clubs of all kinds that will surely satisfy your tastes: you go from traditional pubs, to cocktail bars to discos for music lovers and dancing until late at night. Most of the clubs are concentrated in the historic center area, apart from the discos, a little further out of town and therefore accessible by car or taxi. We point out three solutions that can do for you to make you live an unforgettable evening in Pordenone.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- London pub: English-inspired pub, with a rich choice of beers and snacks, but also more substantial and tasty meat-based dishes
Address: corso Vittorio Emanuele (Get directions) / Facebook page
- At the plot: restaurant specializing in aperitifs, with a large selection of wines and cocktails
Address: via Ospedale vecchio, 15 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Paradise Bissò nightclub: cult disco of the place, with a wide range of musical genres
Address: via Chiaranda, 13 (Get directions) / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Pordenone: info and useful tips
- Pordenone is easily reachable by car starting from all major Italian cities: Venice (88 km), Padua (111 km), Verona (193 km), Trieste (115 km), Udine (53 km), Ferrara (184 km) , Bologna (226 km), Vicenza (147 km), Bolzano (222 km), Trento (171km), Mantua (227 km), Chioggia (122 km). The city is located along the Venice Mestre-Udine railway line, for this reason the train could also be an excellent solution to reach the city. By plane, however, the closest airports to Pordenone are Venice Marco Polo (79 km away) and the Trieste regional airport (81 km away). From both airports it will then be necessary to take a shuttle towards Pordenone.
- Getting around: the best way is on foot, which allows you to explore the historic center and the main city areas up close.
- Where to park: if you do not have the possibility to leave your car in the car park of the hotel or structure where you are staying, in Pordenone there are some paid multi-storey car parks near the center, including the Corte del Bosco car park (Get directions), that of Vallona (Get directions) and that of Oberdan (Get directions). All these car parks have an hourly rate of € 1,00 per hour. Alternatively, there are also free parking spaces, including the Parking of the hospital (Get directions) and the Meduna parking (Get directions), further from the center but connected regularly by Red Line shuttles.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Venice (88 km), Trieste (115 km), Treviso (57 km), Belluno (87 km), Lignano Sabbiadoro (60 km), Jesolo (73 km), National Park of the Belluno Dolomites (95 km), Bassano del Grappa (105 km), Vicenza (147 km), Padua (111 km), Feltre (107 km), Po Delta Regional Park (150 km)