Treviso is a beautiful and welcoming city offering a wide range of things do and to visit and it’s a perfect starting point to explore the surrounding area: Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Jesolo, Bibione, Cortina and the Dolomites.
Treviso is located in the heart of the “Marca Trevigiana”, the medieval name of the Treviso area.
The city center has a charming atmosphere with its historical palaces, porches, canals, ancient city walls , green areas and views of traditional pastel-coloured houses …in this little gem of Veneto you could literally breath History. Here the ancient and fascinating past of the city mixes with the exuberant contemporary lifestyle: appealing luxury boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants, churches and museums where you could discover treasures from the past ( Musei Civici di Santa Caterina) and be amazed by the contemporary art ( Museo Bailo and Ca’ dei Carraresi).
Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori represents the beating hearth of the city and it used to be the place in which the most important historical events of the city took place. Today it hosts most of the city events and it’s a place for meeting people and to go for a walk. The Palazzo dei Trecento, overlooking the square, was built in 1185 and was a venue for delegations of representatives coming from the rest of the country.
The Cathedral of Treviso
The Cathedral of Treviso dates back to the XII century and was built on the ruins of a preexisting building with a Roman structure. Today what remains of the original building is the crypt, the rest of the building was demolished and rebuilt following the neoclassical style of the XVIII century. It preserves a precious artwork of Titian: The Annunciation.
The city walls and the gates
Treviso city walls enclose the entire city center along a four kilometers perimeter and are very well preserved. The original late-roman walls were rebuilt during the Renaissance: walking on the walls pathways it’s a relaxing way of enjoying the green spots and seeing the ancient gates of the city: Porta San Tomaso, Porta Santi Quaranta and Porta Altinia. It is also possible to learn about their History making a guided tour.
The Loggia of the Knights
The Loggia of the knights was built in the second half of the XI century and , until 1300, was a place were noblemen had fun; later it became a woodshed. Today the building can be appreciated as the only building of this kind in Europe thanks to the abbot Luigi Bailo who always took care of preserving it together with a lot of other valuable monuments of the city.
The fish market and the water mills
Treviso is a water city because the river Sile, the longest Italian springwater river, and its affluents flow through it forming lots of canals. Starting from the mid-nineteenth century, an artificial island was built along the Cagnan Grando canal (a branch of the Botteniga river, one of the affluents of the Sile), the island was intended for the fish market. Today, as it once was, the fish market is a trade area, but also a meeting place. Walking along the several canals of the city center it’s possible to discover the wheels of the beautiful watermills that were countless during the Renaissance.
The water canals that flow through Treviso and under the buildings make strolling particularly delightful. The canal formed by the Cagnan -medio , a branch of the Botteniga river, is called “Canale dei Buranelli” because it flows beside a sixteenth-century palace which was the house and the warehouse of a merchant family coming from Burano ( the famous isle near Venice). Nowadays, even if surrounded by a dynamic city life, the tourist can imagine ancient time in which women washed laundry by the river.