Today I discovered something that has changed everything. After months of what has felt like a rather bumpy car ride, I have received a letter from my university stating that I will in fact be receiving a full scholarship for the rest of my studies. I hate to say it but my mother was right, patience child, your heart is in the right place.
I am determined to make this coming academic year the best one so far. A Peggy Guggenheim Venice internship and the possibility of research in Italy feels that little bit more real to me now.
So along with academic merit comes financial peace of mind. I’ll be making a few Art Historical pit stops for my blog and research before the start of term. First stop, Denmark, to visit my artistically talented friend Mr. Huusmann.
As much as I love Venice, at times the heat, sun and crowds of tourists can become a bit much for me. If you feel like a day trip outside of the island city, to somewhere more peaceful, take the train up north to Pordenone. At the very top eastern tip of Italy lies Pordenone. In between Venice and Trieste, this is a perfect pit stop location for those wondering travelers. I fell in love with the city immediately, this is northern Italy at its finest.
Renaissance architecture along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture with delicately painted facades still survive. Whilst in Pordenone, I felt like I had stepped back in time, sheltered from the rough edges of modern living.
A typical day in Pordenone
As you can imagine, being an art history fan, this was like architectural porn/Disney Land for me.
If you do plan that day trip out of Venice or Trieste to Pordenone, you’ll probably bump into this place. The Loggia del Municipo (Gothic Communal Palace) is now the seat of the town’s council. I love the architectural fusion of the original 13th century Gothic body with the addition of the 16th century towers.
Duomo di San Marco
Across from the palazzo is the Cathedral of San Marco, originally a Gothic construction, this church has been remodeled over the centuries until its final 18th century reconstruction by Domenico Rossi.
Absolutely in love with the bell tower.
Beaten Iced Coffee
Relax in the Piazza San Marco with an beaten iced coffee, over looking the architectural splendor and peaceful happenings of Pordenone.
Other sights to visit include the Chiesa della Santissima Trinita, a beautiful 16th century octagonal church which is located across the river from the historical center. If you’ve got an eye for designer wear then Pordenone is the place for you. The Medieval streets are lined with Italian and international high end fashion boutiques.