Portobuffolè Things to Do
Palazzo del Governo e Monte di Pieta
Palazzo del Governo was the seat of Venetian Republic governor who ruled the place. The palace is simple and have beautifull Loggia in its ground floor. In medieval times loggia served as an open public Court or for the meetings.
Adjacent to Palazzo del Governo stands Monte di Pieta building. Monte di Pieta (Mount of Piety) was an institutional pawnbroker run as a charity, from the later Middle Ages times to the 20th century. The goal of Monte di Pieta was to rid the Italian cities of Jewish money lenders and to replace them with Christian pawn shops which allowed the poor to acquire cheap credits.
Porta Friuli and Torresin
Portobuffole is an authentic jewel, from historical and architectural point of view. The name of this small village, with less than thousand inhabitants, derives of a 10th century castle, Castellarium Portus Buvoledi. In medieval times it was called Settimo and was the port on the River Livenza.
The lord of Settimo was Tolberto da Camino who married Gaia, the daughter of Gherardo da Treviso. Gaia da Camino received Settimo as a wedding gift from her husband Tolberto. In 1307 Gaia moved to Settimo with all her court and lived here untill her death in 1311. During that period the place grew progressively and becam an important river port.
Later on the place came under the rule of the Venetian Republic and shared the prosperity and later decline with the "Serenissima". It is also the period when the place was renamed to Portobuffole.
Porta Friuli and Torresin is the eastern entrance to the village. The Lion of San Marco, above the city gate, indicates that Portobuffole was a part of the Venetian Republic.
The cathedral of Portobuffole was originally a Jewish synagogue before it was converted into a christian church. It has been consecrated in 1559 and restored several times over the passed centuries. The Duomo has pretty simple front facade and relatively small entrance door.
Interiors of the cathedral preserving some noteworthy pieces of art: a large German wooden crucifix and a beautiful wooden altar made in red walnut. The most valuable is a beautiful 18th century organ, made by a famous Venetian organ maker Gaetano Callido.
During one of restauration works several letters in Jewish alphabet and a stone with Jewish menorah were found from the location.
Locanda da Pio: Trattoria Trevigiana
I prefer trattoria or osteria, rather then restaurants, for a very practical reason, locals know the best where to get good food for a resonable price. "Locanda da Pio" is typical Venetian trattoria, rustical ambience, friendly atmosphere and the staff, clean place, good food, good local wine and very resonable prices.
Favorite Dish: First of all, Venetian cooking is a combination of the sea and mainland. Veneto is birth place of polenta and risottos made with almost everything that countryside has to offer.
The Province of Treviso is well known for the vegetables, especially radicchio rosso but also asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, pumpkins and other battered or marinated vegetables. Do not miss to taste gnocchetti, tortellini or tagliatelle.
Some of typical dishes to suggest are:
- polenta con chiodini di funghi
- tortellini with chesnut fluor, pears and walnuts
- duck with Raboso wine
- sliced cold meatswith marinated vegetables.
Portobuffolè Off The Beaten Path
San Rocco and ex-ospedale
San Rocco is small church located out of the historic centre of Portobuffole, it stands right opposite to the entrance of Villa Giustinian. It is 16th century building and has a beautiful architecture which has been renovated several times. The church is famous and noteworthy of visiting for "Madonna della Seggiola", a wooden sculpture from 1524.