Latisana

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Latisana
Comune
Città di Latisana
Coat of arms of Latisana
Coat of arms
Latisana is located in Italy
Latisana
Latisana
Location of Latisana in Italy
Coordinates: 45°47′N 13°07′E / 45.783°N 13.117°E / 45.783; 13.117Coordinates: 45°47′N 13°07′E / 45.783°N 13.117°E / 45.783; 13.117
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Province Udine (UD)
Frazioni Latisanotta, Gorgo, Pertegada, Latisana Marittima, Bevazzana
Government
 • Mayor Salvatore Benigno
Area
 • Total 42.30 km2 (16.33 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 13,412
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Demonym Latisanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 33053
Dialing code 0431
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day June 24
Website Official website

Latisana is a town and comune in the province of Udine, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-eastern Italy, on the Tagliamento river.

History[edit]

The city was probably a Roman post station on the Via Annia which connected Concordia to Aquileia.

Map of Latisana in 1746.

The city is first mentioned in 1072, and became an important river port in the 12-13th centuries, especially known for salt trade, under the counts of Gorizia. In the 12th century it became an autonomous commune, annexed by the Republic of Venice in 1420.

The trade declined in the late years of the Republic of Venice, and the city was acquired by the Austrian Empire with the Treaty of Campo Formio (1797). In 1814 it became part of the client Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia and, in 1866, of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

During the 20th century wars it suffered heavy damage, especially in the bombing of May 19, 1944 that totally destroyed the historical centre. Further damage was caused by the floods of the Tagliamento in 1965 and 1966.

Main sights[edit]

The Cathedral (Duomo) was rebuilt in the 17th century over the old 1504 edifice. The main attractions are the canvas portraying the Baptism of Jesus (1567) by Paolo Veronese and a wooden Crucifix (1566) by Andrea Fosco. The choir has a Transfiguration (1591) by Marco Moro and the first altar on the left has a Holy Family with Saints by Giovan Battista Grassi (1568).

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