Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the main artery of the historical center of Pordenone. The street, with its relatively sinuous course, invites you to stroll under the shelter of its arcades, being the perfect route for the local passeggiata (a leisurely walk, taken especially in the evening in Italian cities).
Once, the street was named Contrada Maggiore, and it connected the two main city gates: Porta de Soto (or Furlana), towards the river, and Porta de Sora (or Trevisana), near Piazza Cavour, both demolished in the 19th century.
The power of the ancient Pordenone is still visible on the street, in the sequence of buildings belonging to the noble families of the past…
Walking from Piazza Cavour, on the western side of the street, at No. 10, there is Casa Simoni, built in the 14th century. The house, with two floors, has a frescoed facade with two windows with trefoil arches in Gothic style, flanking the city’s coat of arms.
At No. 44, we can find the majestic Casa Gregoris-Bassani, built in the 18th century. The facade of the building is frescoed in the style of a Damask tapestry, with the Gregoris coat of arms in the center.
On the eastern side of the street, on the corner with Via del Mercato, at No. 45, there is the Palazzo Varmo-Pomo, also known as Casa dei Capitani (House of the Captains), built in the 15th century. On its facade, there are three large shield-shaped coats of arms, of which the third on the right bears the insignia of the nobles of San Daniele di Varmo.
At No. 54, we can find Palazzo Mantica-Cattaneo, built in the 16th century, with another beautiful frescoed facade. In 1797, the palace hosted for one night the young Napoleon Bonaparte on his way to the victorious Battle of Tagliamento.
HOW TO GET THERE
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II starts in Piazza Cavour, about 450 meters away from the Pordenone railway station. The closest bus stop is in Via Borgo San Antonio, about 100 meters away, on the bus Line R.