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Comune di Pordenone

Pordenone City Hall and Campanile

Location of Pordenone in Italy

Coordinates: 45°58′N 12°39′E / 45.967°N 12.650°E / 45.967; 12.650Coordinates: 45°58′N 12°39′E / 45.967°N 12.650°E / 45.967; 12.650
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Province / Metropolitan city Pordenone (PN)
Frazioni Borgomeduna, Rorai Grande, San Gregorio, Torre, Vallenoncello, Villanova di Pordenone
  Mayor Alessandro Ciriani (from 20 June 2016)
  Total 38.2 km2 (14.7 sq mi)
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (31 December 2014)
  Total 51,632
  Density 1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pordenonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 33170
Dialing code 0434
Patron saint Saint Mark
Saint day April 25[1]
Website Official website

Pordenone [pordeˈnoːne]  listen  (Venetian and Friulian: Pordenon) is the main comune of Pordenone province of northeast Italy in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

The name comes from Latin Portus Naonis, meaning 'port on the Noncello (Latin Naon) River'.


Pordenone was created in the High Middle Ages as a river port on the Noncello, with the name Portus Naonis. In the area, however, there were already villas and agricultural settlements in the Roman age.

In 1278, after having been administrated by several feudatories, the city was handed over to the Habsburg family, forming an Austrian enclave within the territory of the Patriarchal State of Friuli. In the 14th century, Pordenone grew substantially due to the flourishing river trades, gaining the status of city in December 1314.

Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

In 1514, it was acquired by the Republic of Venice, even if until 1537 the town was ruled by the feudal family d'Alviano. Under Venice a new port was built and the manufacturers improved.

Palazzo Ricchieri, built in the XIV century.

After the Napoleonic period, Pordenone was included in the Austrian possessions in Italy (Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia). The railway connection, including Pordenone railway station, and the construction of the Pontebbana road brought on the decline of the port, but spurred substantial industrial development (especially for the working of cotton). Pordenone was annexed to Italy in 1866.

The cotton sector decayed after the damage of World War I and failed completely after the 1929 crisis. After World War II, the local Zanussi firm became a world giant of household appliances, and in 1968, Pordenone became capital of the province with the same name, including territory belonging to Udine.

After World War II, Pordenone, as well as the rest of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, became a garrison for many military units, in order to prevent a Soviet invasion from the east.

The heavy military presence boosted the economy of the once-depressed area.

Pordenone is as now garrison of the 132nd Armored Brigade "Ariete".


The territory of Pordenone is located in the lowlands of the Po-Venetian Valley, south of Venetian Alps and the Alpine foothills of Friuli.

The lowlands of Pordenone is characterized by an abundance of water and by the "phenomenon" of resurgence.


Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[2]

Climate data for Pordenone
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
Average low °C (°F) −1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 71
Source: Weatherbase [3]


Local languages and dialects

In ancient times, the Friulian language was spoken in Pordenone. Under the Venetian rule the Venetian language – closer to modern standard Italian – was subsequently introduced in a form which developed into the modern days Pordenone dialect. The town is surrounded by Friulian-speaking communities (though Venetian features can be found there as well).[4]

However, Friulian is protected in town in accordance with the Regional Law of December 18, 2007, n. 29, "Norms for the protection, promotion and enhancement of the Friulian language".[5]

Ethnic minorities

Foreign citizens living in Pordenone amount to 8,001 units, making out 15.5% of the town population. The ten largest ethnic minorities are listed as follows:[6]

  1.  Romania, 1,896
  2.  Ghana, 1,158
  3.  Albania, 1,129
  4.  Bangladesh, 434
  5.  Ukraine, 299
  6.  Morocco, 290
  7.  Moldova, 238
  8.  People's Republic of China, 200
  9.  Pakistan, 197
  10.  Kosovo, 162


St. Mark Cathedral.

Religious buildings

Secular buildings

The town has many mansions and palaces, in particular along the ancient "Greater Contrada", today Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (wonderful example of Venetian porticoes and called by some small "waterless Grand Canal"). Below is a list of the most important in terms of architectural and artistic.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the main street in the historical center of Pordenone.


Archaeological site

Venetian villas

In the city there are nine buildings protected by the Regional Institute Venetian Villas (IRVV). Worthy of note are:

Industrial archeology

The urban conglomerate of Pordenone is characterized by the presence of the ruins of the industries dating back to the nineteenth century, examples of industrial archeology.



The local transportation company in Pordenone is called ATAP. It provides ten "urban routes", which serve the municipal territory and all surrounding neighborhoods, and several "extraurban routes" which cover the whole Pordenone province, about twenty of them connecting the town directly with other destinations, including Aviano, the Venice International Airport and Lignano.[8]


Pordenone railway station, opened in 1855, is located on the Venice–Udine railway. Although it is not a junction or terminal station, it is used by a great many passengers ( 3 million/year).


Venice Airport is the nearest air connectivity, which is approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) away from the city.


As concerns public general education, Pordenone hosts nine kindergartens, twelve primary schools, four first grade secondary schools, the Flora Professional School of Commerce, Culinary Studies, Hospitality Training and Social Services, the Zanussi Professional School of Industry and Crafts, the Matiussi High School of Economics, two Schools of Technologies (J.F. Kennedy and Pertini). The "licei" (grammar schools) in town are Grigoletti Scientific High School and Leopardi-Majorana High School of Classics and Science.[9] Alongside public schools, some private schools also exist in Pordenone.

Pordenone hosts a local branch of the University of Trieste, whose didactic includes a double degree Master study program in Production Engineering and Management with the University of Lippe, Germany.[10] Other curricula include B.Sc. courses in Multimedial Sciences&Technologies and Nursing and a M.Sc. course in Multimedia Communication and IT, offered by the University of Udine.

The university building on Via Prasecco was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito.[11]


Pordenone is home to the Ottavio Bottecchia Stadium, on via dello Stadio, a multipurpose 3,000-seats facility serving as a soccer field for the local team, Pordenone Calcio, and as velodrome used for both national and international track cycling competitions.[12] In 2001, the facility hosted one round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.[13] It is considered as one of the most important outdoor velodromes in the world.[14]

The site of the stadium includes tennis courts as well as an athletics field.


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

—Elena Del Savio, quiTOURING.[15]


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.[16]


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.[17]


In the 1970s, Pordenone was the hub of the Italian punk rock scene, due to its closeness to the Aviano Air Base.[18] Alternative rock band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti is based here.

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.[19][20] Notable guests over the years include 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

Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art – Diocese of Concordia-Pordenone

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.

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 SitePrehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps).

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.


Two Italian daily newspapers have a local edition:

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Pordenone is twinned with:

Notable People

This list is arranged alphabetically by surname.





  1. Due to conjunction with a National Holiday, the Local holiday is held on September 8
  2. Climate Summary
  3. "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on June 19, 2013.
  4. Rizzolati, Piera (1997), "Sette secoli di Lingua: Pordenone tra veneto e friulano", in Vianello Libri, Dalla serenissima agli Asburgo: Pordenone Gemona, l'antica strada verso l'Austria (in Italian), pp. 160–161, ISBN 88-7200-041-6
  5. http://www.arlef.it/it/risorse/toponomastica/2
  6. Italian Institute of Statistics (ed.). "Popolazione residente straniera al 31 dicembre 2014 per Nazionalità" (in Italian). Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  7. "Sito web http://www.botta.ch/Page/Sa%201992_124_Pordenone_it.php "Chiesa parrocchiale Beato Odorico da Pordenone, Italia 1987–1992"". External link in |title= (help)
  8. http://www.atap.pn.it/en/index.aspx
  9. http://www.comuni-italiani.it/093/033/scuole/
  10. http://www.cspn.units.it/en/
  11. "Il genio di Ito, da Tokyo a Pordenone". Quotidiano "il Messaggero Veneto". 11 December 2004.
  12. http://www.pordenonecalcio.com/stadio-bottecchia-informazioni-generali/
  13. http://www.demetrio.pn.it/tre-giorni.html
  14. http://web.archive.org/web/20140820015637/http://www.amicidellapista.com/il-velodromo/
  15. Elena Del Savio, "La bella risvegliata. Con un passato da cenerentola e il complesso del brutto anatroccolo, la città industriale friulana si è messa un vestito nuovo. E punta sulla cultura, anche per unire le sue cento e più nazionalità":, in quiTOURING il mensile del turismo più diffuso in Italia – Marzo 2007 – ANNO XXXVIII -N. 3., Touring Editore, March 2007, page 85.
  16. http://www.pordenonelegge.it/
  17. http://fmkfestival.it/2014/
  18. Mazzocut, Mauro "Cloned". The Great Complotto Pordenone. Biblioteca Civica di Pordenone.
  19. http://www.pordenonebluesfestival.it/?page_id=12
  20. http://www.pordenonewithlove.it/it/eventi-news/o/643/Pordenone-Blues-Festival
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