Palmanova is located some 27 kilometers north from Grado. Its tourist worth is yielded by the rich historic background and by the architectural and urban planning patrimony. Thus, Palmanova is famed for its star-shaped layout.

Palmanova was designed by Venetians in the late 16th century as a fortress city such as to be able to repel the attacks led by the Ottoman Turks. The peculiar 9-point star shape of the city is the one which catches the eye and draws to interest from the first place.

The entire structure of the city converges on the so-called Piazza Grande, the hexagonal square of Palmanova which pegs out the center of the city and hosts a local open-air market each Monday. However, in order to get to Piazza Grande, one must enter through one of the three historical gates, the only architectural structures which are visible from outside the city walls. They are suggestively called Porta Aquileia, Porta Udine and Porta Cividale, indicating the direction they are oriented. They are more or less finely preserved, but Porta Udine is more of a vestige.

The Civic Museum of History and the Cathedral of Palmanova are located in Piazza Grande, and they count as two of the most notable attractions in the city. Other two important objectives refer to the Church of Saint Francis and to the Church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary. The Civil Arch and the Military Arch should also be mentioned.

Trips to Palmanova are advisable for tourists with a healthy cultural and historical curiosity.

Palmanova Tourist Information Office

For a complete account of what Palmanova represents from a tourist point of view, please use the following information:

Palmanova Tourist Information Office
4, Borgo Udine, 33057, Palmanova, Udine, Italy
0039 0432 924815
0039 0432 924815
[email protected]

Palmanova, Udine, Italy

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