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Valvasone, Sanvitese and Sesto

 

The whole central-eastern area of the province is deeply marked by the presence of waterways (which are torrential streams at their sources and acquire a more regular flow further south), first of all River Tagliamento, marking the eastern border of the province, whose fords have determined the distribution of towns for centuries, hence the impressive images of St. Christopher frescoed inside churches to protect the river fords; and River Reghena, sheltering the abbey of Sesto in its meanders and bends, and all the sources and resurgences near Cordovado and Cordenons. Between these two main rivers, the countryside has fortunately not been completely ruined by the presence of industrial and crafts estates, thus still managing to evoke the 18th-century suggestions of Ippolito Nievo‘s Confessioni di un Italiano and of the Friulian works by Pier Paolo Pasolini, a native of Casarsa, whose final lines of the Turcs tal Friùl seem to grow on the painted walls of a rural church, or on the stone statues in the niches (at Barbeano or Versutta), or still are mirrored and multiplied in the best-preserved historical centres, on the walls, towers, moats of San Vito al Tagliamento, in the sanctuary or old parish church of Cordovado, around the imposing castles of Zoppola and Valvasone, or yet on the wide frescoed walls at Sesto or Provesano, where the circle comes to an end and the high art is addressed not to the intellectuals but to the humble peasants.

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