Portobuffolè, Province of Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Portobuffolè takes to the name from Portus Bufoledi a river port for the merchants who from Venezia reached as far as the north of Europe. It is situated along the left bank of the Livenza river, and is a true Renaissance jewel.
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- Altitude: 10 m a.s.l
- Population: about 700 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 31040
- Phone Area Code: 0422
- Frazioni & Localities: Gai, Ronchi e Faè.
Portobuffolè is famous especially for Gaia da Camino, so well known in her times to be mentioned by Dante in the 16th canto of the Purgatory. In 1307 Gaia received as a gift from her husband Tolberto da Camino the port of Settimo on the Livenza river, and moved there with all her court. In this way Settimo (present day Portobuffolè) became an important river port. The place came then under the rule of the Venice Republic, and shared the prosperity and later decline with the Serenissima.
Where to stay
- Every Second Sunday in the month: Antique market fair
- First Saturday and Sunday in June, Portobuffolè XIII secolo, historical re-enactement with medieval events and characters in costume.
- last Saturday in August, Antica Fiera di Santa Rosa, an agricultural fair with exhibition of farm animals and pets.
What to see
- The historical center, across the bridge on the ancient riverbed, with the romanesque Porte Priuli, Loggia, Duomo and Torresin, as well as the townhall Tower (Torre Comunale) the only left of the medieval defence system based on seven towers.
- The house of Gaia da Camino, a typical 14th century mansion, today the seat of a museum of cycling, preserving frescoes representing medieval warrior and characters. One of the frescoes shows the forrtified borough protected by an eagle, the emblem of the da Camino family.