The origins of Premariacco date back to the establishment of several fortified settlements in the area dating back to the first millennium B.C., the existence of which has been confirmed by archaeological excavations.
The proximity to the ancient “Forum Julii” influenced all the surrounding areas: Roman and Longobard tombs are discovered quite frequently in Premariacco.
According to tradition, Premariacco was the birthplace of some important people.
The first in chronological order was Cornelius Gallus, a Latin warrior, poet and literary scholar who lived at the beginning of the Christian era; the second, greater in fame and grandeur, was Poalino, Patriarch of Aquileia, born around 740 AD, who was also an advisor to Charlemagne and representative of the Pope at the Council of Acquisgrana.
Another illustrious figure is Fiore dei Liberi, born around 1300 (in a house that still exists). He was a swordsman and fencing master and wrote a book on the art of duelling ( he called himself “Fiore dei Liberi di Premargiago”): he was most likely the inventor of the “Fioretto” (foil), a weapon that stands out in his honour in the municipal coat of arms.
Visitors to this area should not miss a visit to the chapel at Campo 57 and the Rocca Bernarda. The chapel is all that remains of what was once a World War II prison camp and was built at the request of some prisoners from the Catholic faith.The Rocca Bernarda, on the other hand, is a splendid stately home surrounded by a park full of century-old trees, built-in 1567 and now home to an ancient winery.