Palmanova (Italy)

Palmanova Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Julian Berry

Star town

Palmanova is a small town in northeastern Italy
Best known for being a fortified citadel in the shape of a star
Other than the military architecture, there are museums and a cathedral

Palmanova is a small town (pop. 5,406) in Italy's northeastern Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, close to the border with Slovenia. If you are walking around in this small town you may at some point think that this is your your regular old small town, but zoom out and you notice something odd. Palmanova is famous for being built in the shape of a perfect star.

What you see from above is a citadel in perfect symmetry that was constructed in the 1500s by the Venetian Republic as a Renaissance planned town according to the latest military thinking. Rather than a town, it is in fact considered a fortress.

So it has a novelty factor and looks nice from above. That's a good enough reason to pop by when you're in the vicinity (for instance on the way from Udine to Trieste or Slovenia). But does it warrant a visit if you are further away? Well, it has an impressive piazza grande with similarly beautiful cathedral on it, it has a nice military history museum showcasing amongst others uniforms and arms, and of course there are the fortified elements of the old town such as the three main gates. You decide! [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Palmanova is a city in Italy's region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It has a population of 5,406, is situated at an altitude of 85ft and the best airport to fly into is VCE (Marco Polo, Venice)
  • The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)

Palmanova Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

48 52 57 64 73 81 84 84 75 66 57 48

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.8 1.7 2 4.2 3 3.3 2.7 3.3 3.9 4.2 4.4 3.5

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