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The landscape surrounding Pordenone is lively and varied, changing from the ups and downs of the Pedemontana hills and the green area of Polcenigo to the expanse of cultivated and clay-coloured fields of the southern area. The geographic, historical and cultural development of the whole territory has been marked by the presence of waterways (River Livenza along the western border of the province and Rivers Noncello and Meduna to the east), which have always been a way of communication rather than a barrier. It is thanks to these waterways that the early Roman settlement from which Pordenone would develop was set here, as the furthermost river port from the Adriatic; it is thanks to these rivers that the area has become – more than others in the province – a kind of “middle earth”¬†between Veneto and Friuli, where different accents and traditions are blended. Deep changes were brought about in the Pordenone area after the Second World War, when agriculture and crafts started to give way to industrial activities: the leading companies in the production of household appliances have grown together with the – furniture district – and Pordenone has progressively grown to the size of a modern city, sometimes to the detriment of the aesthetic balance and liveability of the old city, until it has absorbed the towns of Cordenons, Roveredo and Porcia in a single urban sprawl. And if in this highly industrialized area, along whose major thoroughfares the sequence of sheds and warehouses is almost continuous, the visitor is not yet aware of being in the middle of a heartless megalopolis, it is only thanks to the artistic witnesses to which the visitor is drawn, being it a simple rural church almost disappearing among soy plantations or threatened by concrete.

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