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Pordenone is the capital of the Province of Pordenone, located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. The name Pordenone stems from the Latin name 'Portus Naonis', meaning the 'port of river Noncello'. This province was created as a river port on the Noncello river in the High Middle Ages by its Latin name. At this time, there were agricultural settlements and villas found here from the Roman age. Car rentals are available in Pordenone and is the best option for travelling around this scenic mountainous region of Italy.
It was only in the 14th century that Pordenone grew with flourishing river trades to be declared a city in 1314. The Republic of Venice acquired Pordenone in 1514 wherein a new port was built with the improvement of its manufacturers.
There are many places worth visiting in Pordenone like the Cathedral of St. Mark that was built in 1363 in Romanesque-Gothic style. It houses San Rocco's famous fresco, while its altarpiece is the work of the native Renaissance painter, Giovanni Antonio de'Sacchis.
Pordenone has been the host to Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the famous festival of silent films since 1981. The most recent festival was held here between October 6th-13th 2007. Concerts, sporting events and thrilling events are also organised here. And if you are a fan of Korn, you have to make a visit to Palasport Pordenone where there is a live concert from Korn (tickets are available online).
A short drive north (only 40 minutes) and tourists will reach Lago di Bàrcis (Lake Barcis-pictured above). The scenery here is stunning and well worth a visit, especially if tourists decide to opt for car hire as their main form of transport in Pordenone. The waters of the lake are bright green and blue in colour and are surrounded by a magnificent landscape of towering snowcapped mountains and forests. This is a dream place for hikers and scenic lovers.
Transport is fairly limited throughout Pordenone and its surrounding villages and towns, which is why car hire is the most reliable and convenient option for tourists. There is a small railway station used by many to get around the region and to locations further afield such as Naples, Milan, Vienna, Bologna, Florence, and many more via the Eurostar.
A short 50 minutes drive south of Pordenone is Venice Marco Polo Airport, the main hub for tourists arriving in the area. Car hire is also available here from many international suppliers such as Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Budget. Prebook car hire online to secure the cheapest deals.