Portogruaro Travel Guide

  • Favorites
    by croisbeauty
  • the main square
    the main square
    by croisbeauty
  • Favorites
    by croisbeauty

Portogruaro Things to Do

  • Torre Santa Agnese

    The town of Portogruaro have maintained the original layout of the historical part with her two principal streets running parallel, on opposite banks of the river Lemene.The town was originally girded by a wall with five gateways, of which three still exist. This one is San Agnese or Torre Santa Agnese as called by the locals.

    more
  • Santa Agnese

    The church of Santa Agnese is situated outside the old core of the town and the area which use to be surrounded by the town walls. It is the oldest church in the town and date back to the 13th century. Adjacent to the church there is Oratorio della Visitazione, and its lovely cycle of religious frescoes.

    more
  • The Belltower of the Cathedral

    The Belltower of the Cathedral, simple in it forms, is the highest building of Portogruaro and it can be seen from any position of the town. It was my conductor in exploring the town.The belltower is of particular interest, locals call it "campanile pendente" - leaning church tower.

    more
  • The Cathedral

    The Cathedral, called Duomo di Sant'Andrea, has very simple facade like all other churches I have seen in the town. There is no decoration at all on the front facade and the portal is small and very simple. However, the Cathedral is worth an attentive visit because of its artworks.

    more
  • Madonnina della Pescheria

    I passed old stone bridge acrros the river Lemene to get to the Pescheria which is situated on its left bank. There is beautiful wooden Oratory in Pescheria dedicated to the Virgin Mary, locals call it "Madonnina della Pescheria" or "Oratorio dedicato alla Madonna". Don't miss it!

    more
  • Pescheria

    I've started my exploring of the town entering through Torre Santa Agnese and Via Cavour. My first impression about the town was it looks like miniature Venice because the houses along river Lemene have double entrances, from both street and the river.When approaching to Villa Comunale I heard strong noise of the water and that brought me to the...

    more
  • Municipal Country house.

    The building is attributed to the architect Guglielmo d’Alzano known as "Il Bergamasco"(1480-1550) and it is characterized by a wise and well-proportioned distribution of full and empty spaces. On the first floor there are arches, which correspond to a row of Venetian style windows in the Loggia. The building is the seat of some offices, of the...

    more
  • San Giovani campanile

    In the square in front of the Town Hall stands a warrior on his horse. II have not found who it was but it must be an historical figure of the city. In the background, San Giovanni campanile stands high above the houses.

    more
  • In front of the Town Hall

    The square in front of the Town Hall is a very hot place in July and the palm trees feel perfectly at ease. No wonder if, opposite to the Town Hall, there are again archways ! Anyway, in the very end of the morning, there was nobody wandering besides ourselves !

    more
  • Town hall Palace.

    The wide façade is characterized by 3 portals on the ground floor and by Venetian inspired windows. The original heart of the present palace had two gothic windows, brick stairway and was topped by elegant ghibelline battlements. The enlargement was carried out in 1552 using recuperated materials from the demolished Bishop’s castle. Two side parts...

    more
  • Rear of some houses

    Often, the road side of houses is beautiful, carved and ornamented but the rear is plain and mean. Interestingly, in Portogruaro, even the rear of the houses has been treated in the same way as the front side, which adds to the quality of the sight.

    more
  • The Lemene river

    The Lemene river flows in the middle of the town. For centuries, it played a very important part in the economical life of the town, with several watermills running. Now, it brings a strip of coolness and pleasant landscape for the citizen and the (too) few visitors.

    more
  • The old Water Mill

    At the turn of the 19th century, there were several mills on the Lemene river, for olives, for wheat, etc… After ceasing their original function at the beginning of the 20th century, some were destroyed but the Old Mill has been kept and is now used to house art exhibitions.

    more
  • Behind the campanile

    A narrow passage, only partly shaded (this is the end of July and it is very hot !), allows going from the main street with its shaded archways towards the campanile, the old mills and the Town Hall, where there will be no shade at all !

    more
  • Goetzen Palace

    This palace is a fine example of 15th century architecture inspired by Venetian design. The three large Gothic arcades support two floors, the second of which was probably added later, divided by two elegant terracotta cornices. The palace has extensive traces of 16th century fresco decoration.

    more
  • Other archways, other style

    In the modern part of the town, a lot of archways have been built too. They must have been built to fulfill the same need of freshness than in the older part of the city. However, they do not look so pretty by far !

    more
  • Under the archways

    In Portogruaro, when you walk across the town in July, you understand very quickly that these archways allow to stroll in the shade and have a cooler time that if you had to walk under the sun ! But there are cities with a lot of archways where the sun is not that hot ! For example, Metz in France.

    more
  • Other archways

    These ones are more of a Romanesque style and look older. So many archways of various styles give a special character to the city of Portogruaro. Archways are found nearly everywhere in Europe but their distribution is amazing and seems to match somehow the extension of the Roman Empire. In France; few in Paris, a lot in Metz, none in Strasbourg, a...

    more

Portogruaro Hotels

Portogruaro Restaurants

  • Good pasta

    The waiters were very nice but not very efficient. Luckily, we were not in a hurry, but as we were on the trerrace, they often forgot to serve us and I had to go and remind them ! Good pasta and prosciutto (local ham)Nice local red wine

    more
  • Risotto al nero

    We have been several times in the Antico Ristorante Spessoto and each time it was very good. They serve in a large and cosy dining room, very cool. Unfortunately, in 2004, they were closed for refurbishing. Risotto al nero

    more
  • Portogruaro Hotels

    2 Hotels in Portogruaro

    21 Reviews and Opinions

Portogruaro Local Customs

  • Amazing chimneys

    Many houses in Portogruaro have this type of strange chimneys that look more like a trumpet than a regular chimney. I have never found this shape of chimneys anywhere else. I suppose they are designed to increase the efficiency of the exhaust, but that does not fit with what I know of fluids mechanic ! They are completely different from what can be...

    more
  • Museo della Citta

    The museum exhibits weapons, ceramics, stamps, portraits, books of notable value, drawnings, epigraphs, Greco-roman bowls, seaols, coat of arms, and photographs of past times.This exhibits on this picture can be seen at the entrance to the museum.

    more
  • Museo della Citta

    Museo della Citta, the Town's Museum, is situated in Via Cavour, adjacent to Torre di Sant'Agnese. The museum was inaugurated in 1999 and exhibits range from Medieval to recent times.Entrance to the museum is free and it is closed on Monday.

    more

Portogruaro Off The Beaten Path

  • Concordia Sagittaria

    In 389 the city was elected a Sea and the Basilica Apostolorum, one of the most interesting early Christian buildings, was constructed. From the same period dates a cemetery set on the left bank of the Lemene, from which come the important remains now housed in the National Museum of Concordia in Portogruaro.

    more
  • Concordia Sagittaria

    The Roman bridge spanned a river which ran west of the city and which has long dried up. It was crossed by the road that connected Concordia and Via Annia along which the necropolis streched to the west.The monument is made from blocks of tachite from the Euganean hills, linked by bands of iron, which cover the inner section with a cement-like...

    more
  • Concordia Sagittaria

    Two of the most important Roman roads, Via Annia and Via Postumia, met in Concordia and then continued as one route to nearby Aquileia. The city enjoyed considerable porsperity in the early centuries of the Roman empire. In the 3rd century A.D., before the threat of the first barbarian invasions, an arrow factory was built here - arrow in Latin is...

    more

Instant Answers: Portogruaro

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

67 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Portogruaro
Concordia Sagitaria
Off The Beaten Path
Romanesque Baptistry
Off The Beaten Path
Romanesque Baptistry
Off The Beaten Path
Romanesque Baptistry
Off The Beaten Path
Concordia Sagitaria
Off The Beaten Path
Museo Nazionale Concordiese
Local Customs
Museum of Paleontology
Local Customs
Free doggy bar
Off The Beaten Path
Fancy grids
Off The Beaten Path
Archways
Things to Do
The Cathedral with its leaning tower
Things to Do
Map of Portogruaro

View all Portogruaro hotels