Best attractions to visit, what to do and see in Treviso, Veneto.
Treviso is located in the lower Veneto plain, in an area rich in water resources, which play a fundamental role in the charm of the city. The harmonious coexistence between nature, human constructions and numerous historical testimonies, represents in fact the strong point of a place capable of enchanting the visitor.
Best attractions to see in Treviso
Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori is the most important square in Treviso, the cultural, historical and social center of the whole city. This owes its name to the presence of the palaces of the ancient Treviso Lordship, namely: Palazzo del Podestà, to the north, with the Civic Tower, the ancient seat of the Signoria, dating back to the 13th century; Palazzo del Pretorio to the west; the first seat of the Library to the south, and Palazzo dei Trecento to the east, the building that dominates the entire square.
There are also numerous bars and cafes where you can relax and take a break between one visit and another. It is also an excellent place to taste some cicchetto, or small local specialties that accompany the aperitif time.
Finally, from the square begins via Calmaggiore, the main one in the historic center, which reaches the Duomo.
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Via Calmaggiore Treviso
Via Calmaggiore is the main street in the historic center of Treviso. In the Middle Ages its task was to symbolically connect the two centers of power: the Cathedral, seat of spiritual power, and Palazzo dei Trecento, the center of the temporal one.
Along the way it is possible to see numerous frescoed buildings, both in the facades and inside the arcades which, following one another along the entire length of the road, represent one of its greatest peculiarities.
At the beginning of the Calmaggiore, inside the Palazzo Pretorio, the famous Fountain of the Tits was located since 1559 which, on the occasion of particular celebrations, poured white and red wine.
Today the original fountain has been removed and placed under the loggia of Palazzo dei Trecento while, a working copy, has been placed in the courtyard of a small gallery that connects via Calmaggiore with the piazzetta della Torre and the calle del Podestà.
The Treviso Cathedral was built on an early Christian temple, of which only the Crypt survives today. In Romanesque style, the building has a staircase on the facade adorned with six Ionic columns.
Inside there are several famous works including the main altar dedicated by the sculptor Tullio Lombardo, and the Annunciation by Titian. To the side of the Cathedral stands the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a small church which until the 19th century was the only baptismal font in the city.
Behind the Cathedral is the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, housed inside the building called Canonici Vecchie and dating back to the twelfth century, which in the past was also the seat of the canons of the Cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo.
Inside you can admire works by various artists, mainly from the Veneto. Here are also preserved two fragments of frescoes from the nearby Bishop’s Palace..
The Canale dei Buranelli is certainly one of the most romantic places in Treviso and one of its most beautiful views! It is located in the historic center, a stone’s throw from Piazza dei Signori.
It is a branch of the river that runs through the whole city, creating different channels and wonderful water features in every corner. The other two channels are the Cagnan Grande, the largest, and the Cagnan della Roggia, called Siletto.
Loggia dei Cavalieri
The Loggia dei Cavalieri is one of the most representative buildings of the city of Treviso. Located in the area where, most likely, the Roman Tarvisium forum stood, the Loggia is the symbol of the power of the nobles during the period of the Free Municipality. Built in the years 1266-67, it served as a place for meetings, institutional and otherwise, between nobles.
Subsequently the Loggia fell into disuse and, by closing the arches, it began to be used as a warehouse: in the nineteenth century it was proposed to be demolished. Today it is a beautiful area surrounded by clubs and tables, where you can stop for a drink and admire splendid views of the city!