Hi Buzztrippers, I am back!!! Warm weather is coming soon, so what about a pleasant out-of town excursion? Today I am going to disclose you one of the so-called “Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (best historical villages in Italy), located in Pordenone province, near Tagliamento river: Valvasone. Borghi più belli d’Italia is an association composed by small Italian towns that present some important historical attractions: Pordenone province can boast 6 villages proudly deserving the definition of “Borghi più belli d’Italia”.
Valvasone- a Medieval Jewel
Valvasone is a real, charming jewel whose historical greatness is constantly recalled by its monuments and quaint corners: located in a strategic position, near the Tagliamento River (an important “route” used for trade and goods transportation from Austria to the Adriatic sea), it was firstly owned and controlled by the feudal family of Spilimbergo, that restored its main buildings in order to better protect and defend the little town from foreign invaders. Afterwards, in 1292, the feud passed under the control of Cucagna family, that built a real village around the main castle. The family built a solid wall around the village and enhanced the development of trade and craftmanship, originating the real golden age of Valvasone. In the 1350s the nobles decided to enlarge the village: in this way they created one of the most beautiful examples of medieval town-planning in western Friuli, enriched by a secular guild that took care of poor people, wayfares and pilgrims. When the region was conquered by Venice in 15th century, Valvasone ruling family still held the power (owning the land and administering justice), though losing some of the former privileges. During centuries 16th-17th the small town kept on living according to medieval rules (in spite of Venetian domination), but this situation ended in 1797 with the Napoleonic wars .
A stroll around Valvasone: main sights
Valvasone is a really attractive small town, full of evocative corners and pebbled alleys: the most important sight is undoubtedly the Castello (castle), that luckily preserves its originary aspect. It is characterized by a round plan and hosts a well in the internal court. A huge portal, built where the former lift bridge was, marks the entrance to the castle, that keeps some of the ancient rooms unaltered. The Castle has primarily played a defensive role throughout the centuries, thanks to the military importance of Valvasone, and is the result of different centuries’ architectural works (from 13th to 19th century).
The square in front of the castle is deeply evocative as well, and leads the way to a series of pebbled, quaint alleys, where you will find medieval buildings (some of them present columns with noble families’ coats of arms), old water-mills, stone houses and charming canals.
Do not forget to visit the Duomo, that guards the relics of the Sacred Cloth, where (according to tradition), a consecrated host left blood traces in 1294, originating a miracle. The church was built in 15th century, but it was entirely renovated in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. The artistic highlight of the church is surely the organ, built in 1532 by Vincenzo Colombo, and decorated by the greatest painter of the area, Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis, called “Il Pordenone”, who was inspired by the miracle and the Eucharist theme.
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