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Pontebba ( , , ) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italianmarker region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It is located about 100 km northwest of Triestemarker and about 50 km north of Udinemarker, on the border with Austriamarker. As of 31 December 2004, Pontebba had a population of 1,683 and an area of 97.7 km².
The municipality contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Aupa, Frattis, Laglesie San Leopoldo, Studena Alta, Studena Bassa and Pietratagliata.

Pontebba borders the following municipalities: Dognamarker in the south, Hermagor-Pressegger Seemarker (Austria) in the north, Malborghetto Valbrunamarker in the east and Moggio Udinesemarker in the west.


Pontebba, named after Ponte meaning "bridge" in Italian, is situated at the confluence of the Pontebbana creek and the Fella river, itself a tributary to the Tagliamentomarker. Since the 10th century the Pontebbana formed the border between the March of Verona, former Duchy of Friuli and the Duchy of Carinthia. In the 15th century the Pontebba settlement south of the creek belonged to the Republic of Venicemarker, it was twinned with the northern Pontafel, part of Inner Austria and the Holy Roman Empire.

After World War I by the order of the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye the border was shifted north to the town of Tarvisiomarker. Pontebba and Pontafel merged in 1924. During World War II, the rail road line through the town was the target of heavy aerial bombardment by the United States Army Air Forces as it was used by Germany to transport supplies to Italy. However, the aerial bombardment did not succeed in damaging the rail line, which is still in use today.


Aquile Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the region's flagship ice hockey team, plays its home games at the PalaVuerich arena in Pontebba and is affiliated with the local ice sports society Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba. The team is a member of the Serie A and won the 2008 Italian Cup.

Demographic evolution

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Pontebba can be reached via the A23 autostrada, European route E55, running from Palmanovamarker and the A4 to Tarvisio and the Austrian A2 Süd Autobahn, as well as by the parallel Strada Statale 13 Pontebbana. Here the Strade Provinciale 110 to the Naßfeld Pass ( ) branches off.

The Pontebba train station is at the new Pontebbana railway line from Udine to Tarvisio and the Austrian border. Opened in 2000 it replaces the old k.k. Staatsbahn Tarvis-Pontafel built in 1879.

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