City of the Porticoes
Enveloped in Venetian charm, Portogruaro is a centre of art lying inland on the Adriatic which oozes with history and elegance, known also as the ‘City of the Porticoes’.
Like most places and the beauty of the Venetian area, Portogruaro is a treasure to be discovered. The town is crossed by the river Lemene and offers interesting views at every corner that show similarities with the nearby Venice.
The medieval structure of the city center and its old buildings has remained unchanged while the thirteenth-century wall and numerous building with Italian Gothic and Renaissance style are fascinating examples of the various historical moment that have made their mark on the city.
This medieval and renaissance town, crossed by the River Lemene, offers at every angle very interesting views. The first document , showing the existance of Portogruaro as a town, relate to the 1140. Portogruaro soon became important: on the left side of the river the commerce of the town began and on the right side the patriarchal and episcopal castle.
The fortune of the town of Lemene continued as long as the customs of Portogruaro was on the fixed route for goods to Germany. It was a time of growth and wealth for the inhabitants who built the palaces that everybody can still admire in the historical centre. The town emblem is the gothic town hall , brick faced, of 1265. The side wings, in perfect harmony with the central part, were added in 1512.
To the right of the town hall a short slope leads to one of the prettiest angles of the town which houses the fish market and the mills.
The National Archeological museum of Portogruaro holds the finds of the old roman colony of Julia Concordia (today Concordia Sagittaria).