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Valvasone

Valvasone is a comune in the Province of Pordenone in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 80km northwest of Trieste and about 15km east of Pordenone. As of 31 December 2010, it had a population of 2,224 and an area of 17.9km2.HistoryThe first information about the castle of Valvasone tells how in the 1218 the original manor-house was kept by Ulvino and Bonfante for the Patriarch of Aquileia. These were the founders of the first feudal family, but in 1268 this family was killed because of the rebellion of Corrado from Valvasone. The side of the Tagliamento River, which flows near the town, was very important indeed, to let it without any form of control. That's the reason why the Patriarch assigned Walterpertoldo from Spilimbergo to control the area. In 1273 he did a great restoration to the buildings near the river, in order to effect the best form of control against the foreigners. These works, however, did not modify the structure of the town, that has the castle in its centre and the other buildings are situated just around it. When Walterpertoldo died, and the first generation of the Spilimbergo ended, a huge fight for the succession in controlling Valvasone begins between two really important families in the area: the Zuccola and the Cucagna. In 1292 the Patriarch Raimondo della Torre gave to Simone di Cucagna the power to control Valvasone and its surroundings: that's the biginning of the second genealogy of feudal overlords of Valvasone.In that period Valvasone had a militar structure, but it was also the residence of those nobles who built the real village, the embrayo of the modern town. Before the 1300 the nobles decided to build up a surrounding stone wall; this was possible because they parcelled out the urban pieces of land and the gave these pieces to the craftsmen and shopkeepers. In front of the drawbridge the public loggia was built meanwhile a well was dug by the Torre delle Ore. Now these interventions are difficult to find because of the recent constructions. In the 1350s the nobles decided to enlarge the village: in this way they create one of the most beautiful examples of medieval town-planning in west friuli. In the north area they built a small church, devoted to San Giacomo and outside of the walls a small village was created, and it had its own church, dedicated to S. Giovanni and S. Maria.
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