"A charming little town" Portogruaro by JLBG

Portogruaro Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 85 photos

This medieval and renaissance town, crossed by the River Lemene, offers at every angle very interesting views. The first document , showing the existance of Portogruaro as a town, relate to the 10th January 1140. Portogruaro soon became important: on the left side of the river the commerce of the town began and on the right side the patriarchal and episcopal castle.

Since it was founded, Portogruaro belonged to the area of political dominion of Aquileia, which also included Concordia. But the traders, who had greatly contributed to the development of the town, soon started to demand political independence and gradually entered the area of Venetian dominion.
During the 14th century the patriarch tried to keep political control of the city, but because of the particular situation of the Aquileia Patriarchate which was divided by civil strife and attacked by the German Emperors from the North, Venice entered the fray and after many events advanced on the Patriarchal State.

The fortune of the town of Lemene continued as long as the customs of Portogruaro was on the fixed route for goods to Germany. It was a time of growth and wealth for the inhabitants who built the palaces that everybody can still admire in the historical centre. The town emblem is the gothic town hall, brick faced, of 1265. The side wings, in perfect harmony with the central part, were added in 1512.

The town hall built in brick façade is a characteristic gothic building with an outside corner stair and small bell gable.

One of the most charming and striking characteristics is that of the watermill on the Lemene river, built by Bishop Feletto in 1477.
The Cathedral with its leaning tower is interesting. Among the many and remarkable town palaces are the Muschietti, Moro and Imposte, De Goetzen Palace, Dal Moro Palace, the Villa Comunale whose elegance and Renaissance style can be admired.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very quiet
  • Cons:Can be very hot
  • In a nutshell:Worth a try
  • Last visit to Portogruaro: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    We got as close as Treviso in 2008 and hope to get around the curve into Croatia on long trip in 2010? Thank you for tips and comments. They always are factual and informative-Mr #2 is deserved.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    what a lovely town - genoa has those arcades too - also good when it is raining

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    Excellent information and tips! Also another great web site of you!

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    May 2, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    Found the arches in Portogruaro to be lovely...appreciate your attention to detail. Beautiful town that I wish I had visited. Agree about the delight of seeing linens hanging outside...a part of the culture I love.

  • Dec 23, 2006 at 1:05 PM

    I appreciate..., it was a pride for me to see your comment on my page!, I'll learn more of your travels and your events for sure...many greetings from A. @};-

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2006 at 5:55 AM

    Interesting observations on the distribution of arches in Europe. In Metz the temperatures aren't so high, but when I was there it rained a lot so the archways were very helpful for keeping dry.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2005 at 7:05 AM

    Passo sempre per Portogruaro, quando vado in treno a Trieste, ma non mi ci sono mai fermato. E' una bella cittadina!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2005 at 5:34 AM

    Nice page, some of those archway had a moorish influence!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 2:02 PM

    Some great observations and little discoverings incl. chimneys and... doggy fountain :-). I am always surpriced how many great little towns are hidden in northern Italy.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 6:02 AM

    Quite an interesting little find! As you say, very nice looking streets and a beautiful little river as well. Indeed, those are very strange looking chimneys!!


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