Treviso and the old town
The garden of Venice and heart of “Marca Gioiosa et Amorosa”
Treviso is a small, prosperous and lovely town situated in the North East of Italy. Its history is ancient and full of important events that have transformed this town into what we can now all admire.
Everyone who had the privilege and was lucky enough to visit Treviso, fell in love with it, thanks to the beauty of its architectural and artistic heritage, the friendly and welcoming people, the clean streets and the general safety.
Along the streets
Discovering the history of Treviso surrounded by its buildings, towers and churches
Walking is the best way to visit the old town. Strolling along its streets and alleys will allows you to fully enjoy Treviso’s architectural and artistic history. You will be able to capture every single detail that characterizes the facades of the ancient patrician buildings.
The finely decorated arcades, the barbicans that support the roofs of the buildings, without the aid of pillars, and the painted walls and the faux tapestry are some of the elements that characterize medieval Treviso. During your walk you will run across Treviso’s small and romantic squares: Piazza Duomo, Piazza Rinaldi (the ancient location of the fruit market) and Piazza dei Signori, where the Council of the Three-hundreds, who ruled the town, used to meet in 1300.
From one church to another
Not only places of worship but also guardians of works created by unmatched artists of the past
During your walk along the streets of Treviso’s old town, you will come across many churches, full of masterpieces. Among them, the ones not to be missed are the Cathedral with the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament by Antonio Lombardo, with sculptures by Bregno; the early Christian crypt, and the Annunziata Chapel. Inside it you can admire the altarpiece by Tiziano, portraying “the Annunciation” and the fresco composition by Il Pordenone.
Just after the cathedral, you will find San Nicolò’s church with pictorial cycles by Lorenzo Lotto and Tommaso da Modena. The latter also decorated other churches in the city center, among which San Francesco, Santa Lucia, and Santa Maria Maggiore, which also preserve works by Cima da Conegliano and Il Pozzoserrato.
Old Town Museums
Jealous owners of Treviso’s history and culture
The building of the Museo Civico of Treviso is situated at the intersection between via Caccianiga and Borgo Cavour. In reality, this institution is a complex of independent units: in Borgo Cavour, you will find the most impressive part, with the art gallery and the archeological, medieval, and contemporary section.
In Santa Caterina’s church you can find a series of frescos by Tommaso da Modena on the stories of Sant’Orsola and many more works; the Casa da Noal , in via Canova, also known as “Museo della casa trevigiana”, contains the so-called minor art collections. Lastly, the Museo del Risorgimento (Italian unification) is situated in viale Cadorna.
Treviso “City of Water”
Water as an element of life and urban development between romantic and enchanting views
The urban history of Treviso is that of a city born on the water. River Botteniga comes from the North. It branches off before the Pria Bridge: one branch is the north ditch; the other is tripartite in the Cagnani. To the West there is the Cagnano della Roggia. In the middle there is the one of Buranelli and finally to the East there is the Pescheria. Along their course, through the city centre, all these canals flow into the river Sile, which sinuously runs through the city.
The most characteristics elements of the city are found along these waterways. The Buranelli (depicted by various painters) with the willows that drop into the Cagnan. The Pescheria with the colourful fruit and fish stalls and Riviera Santa Margherita, that, running along the Sile, was the ancient location of the town port.
Luxury and Made in Italy along the streets of the City Centre
There are several important shopping streets: starting from Corso del Popolo and through via XX Settembre. Along the entire Canalmaggiore, you will find the most important brands for clothes and accessories. If you want to buy something for your children, you will find “Il Gufo” in Piazza Indipendenza, “L’Erbavoglio” in Vicolo San Michele and “La Gioconda” in Via Pescheria. If you want to buy toys, you will find “Il paradiso dei bambini” situated in via Manin.
For those who want to buy special jewels crafted with hardstones by the experts hands of the owners, you can go to Ruby Klein in via Riccati. Lastly, the most demanding women at home, can go to Ms Prior or Morandin in via Palestro and at “La casa di Cocò” in Piazza dell’Umanesimo Latino.