Waterways as a way to friendship: strolling around Portogruaro on the trail of Venice

25 August 2021

Venice, 24th August 2021 – “Portogruaro wasn’t the only little village of the mainland in which the blueprint of the Serenissima Dominante was copied and applied faithfully. Houses were large and roomy, with a triple window in the middle, stretching along the two sides of the district. At this point, water was just the only thing missing to complete the astonishing resemblance with Venice”. These were the words that Ippolito Nievo used in his masterpiece of literature “Le confessioni di un italiano”, published in 1867. The bond between Portogruaro and Venice is written in history. It was in 1420 that the Republic of Venice included, among its territories, the city of Portogruaro and the Friuli, as a consequence to the expansionary policies applied on the mainland. The city remained under the Venetian jurisdiction for at least three centuries, enjoying economic privileges due to its favourable location. Moreover, it enjoyed a wealthy condition, which proofs can still be seen on the architecture that characterizes the city - which dates back to the XV and XVI centuries- and that underlines the clear resemblance with Venice.

To celebrate Venice 1600 years, the municipality of Portogruaro and the Metropolitan City of Venice, on Sunday 29th August have arranged the initiative entitled: “Vie d’acqua, vie d’amicizia - il rapporto della Città con la Serenissima tra musica, letteratura e paesaggio”.

A walking route on the trail of Venice, through the roads and porticoes of the city centre, to capture countless similarities with the Serenissima. The route to the city centre is starting from piazza della Repubblica, located in front of the Palazzo Municipale, a building which dates back to the 1300s. Tours begin from 9.00 to 10.30 and from 16.00 to 17.30 (to book your visit call 0421.248248 or go on: www.tvo.srl). From 10 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19.00 an excursion through the Lemene on board of the caorline (typical venetian boats), to discover Portogruaro by water, on the pursuit of the Palazzo Daziario and the barn, where goods transported through the river were stored. Embarkation and disembarkation from piazzetta della Pescheria.

In the Sala delle Colonne of the Collegio Marconi, at 18.00, people could join the meeting titled “Storie da leggere, recitare e danzare: il nuovo teatro musicale di Igor Stravinskij” (free entrance, Guido Barbieri is going to be the speaker), whilst, at the City Theatre Luigi Russolo, the concert of the Orchestra della Toscana will be held at 21.00 (musics by E. Wolf-Ferrari, W.A. Mozart, I. Stravinskij admission fee).

To know more: www.comune.portogruaro.ve.it www.portogruaroeventi.it.