Cordovado, in the land of storms and primroses
Cordovado is a “picturesque little land between Teglio and Venchieredo” – in the words of Padua-born writer Ippolito Nievo (1831-1861), who set part of his posthumous novel “Confessions of an Italian” in this small Friuli town in the province of Pordenone, now considered one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.
It is a medieval village in the land “of storms and primroses”, to quote Pasolini’s description of Friuli. A town surrounded by “quiet prairie horizons”, “beautiful waters that flow between fields varnished with flowers”, “aromatic bushes of honeysuckle and juniper” (again in Nievo’s words).
Cordovado is known for fine examples of religious and secular architecture: the 15th-century Pieve of Sant’Andrea, the 14th-century Oratory of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria and the 17th-century Palazzo Freschi-Piccolomini; it also has a fortified area dating back to the year 1000, with interesting buildings such as Palazzo Agricola, with its Renaissance profile, Palazzo Ridolfi and the Captain’s House.
Here is a selection of photos of Cordovado, worthy of a postcard… or perhaps of a literary classic.
Photos via: ©Alexandra