A village nestled in the art

Valvasone (Volesòn in Friulian) is a village with 2.190 inhabitants (2008) in the province of Pordenone. It’s in the Friulian valley, on the right bank of the river Tagliamento, 60 metres above sea level and near the road SS 13 (Pontebbana). Valvasone is 34 km far from Udine and 20 km far from Pordenone. It had a favoured position because, rising by one of the last practicable fords on the Tagliamento during most of the year, it found itself at the centre of a flourishing commercial network.


Concerning the origins of Valvasone, we’re not able to distinguish between what’s history and what’s legend.
A first folk legend considers Volusonio or Valvisonio, a Roman citizen, the founder of the village, in 132 BC.
Other sources see as founder Lupo (Wolf, in Germanic), duke of Friuli, between 663 and 665 AD. This version is confirmed by the etymology of the name Walvesonum, deriving from Wolf. Moreover the first feudal family living in Valvasone used to have a wolf on its coat of arms.

A last legend dates back the origin of Valvasone to the Roman epoch because it rose where two important roads crossed: the consular road Postumia, that from Oderzo reached Aquileia, and the Via Giulia, that from Concordia went up north of Gemona.

Anyway, the certain historical documentation starts from the thirteenth century. Valvasone or Walveson are supposed to derive from Germanic words such as vassal, vavasour. Therefore Valvasone may mean Curia Vassalorum, that is to say feudal court. As a matter of fact the feudatory of Valvasone was a vavasour, he was subjected to the powerful Patriarch of Aquileia.

 

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