With its small old town centre, Treviso is the perfect destination for a day trip. It is an ancient yet youthful city whose many attractions include meticulously maintained streets and squares, great balance between buildings and greenery, and the gently flowing waters of the Sile River. It also has a great deal to offer history and art lovers, from architectural wonders such as the 16th century city walls to internationally renowned exhibitions in locations such as Ca’ dei Carraresi.
Places of interest
- The vibrant old town centre is a treasure trove packed with magnificent works of art.
- The 14th century Church of San Nicolò is a fine example of Italian Gothic architecture.
- The Church of San Francesco, where Pietro Alighieri (Dante’s son) and one of Petrarch’s daughters are buried.
- The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
- Palazzo dei Trecento, featuring an old tower that was built in 1265 and a loggia by Andrea Valle.
- The neoclassical cathedral, which is dedicated to Saint Peter and contains the Malchiostro Annunciation by Titian and frescoes by Pordenone. Alongside it stands a marvellous 11th-12th century baptistery with a niche that was frescoed by Gentile da Fabriano.
- The Luigi Bailo Museum.
Things to taste
- Treviso is famous for its red radicchio.
- In the city’s inns and taverns, you can enjoy a glass (known here as an “ombra”) of the light, white Prosecco or Cartizze wine that’s made in the nearby hills and sample the traditional local cuisine: bean soup, tripe, stockfish and musetto sausage.