What to Visit in Treviso

Treviso is also known as "Lilltle Venice"

What to do in Treviso in 1 day or more: TOP-10 attractions to visit. How to get there, where to eat, what to buy as a keepsake? Where to stay in Treviso, what places need to see in the vicinity – in the article of good Time for Trip.

The Italian city Treviso, located just half an hour from magnificent Venice, is usually listed in travelers plans as a transit point. Indeed, near there is the Antonio Canova airport, where flights of large European low-cost airlines like Ryanair or EasyJet land.

Most of the tourists, after landing go straight to Venice. Immediately at the airport taking a bus transfer, for example, or making a transit trip through the railway station of “The Little Venice”.

Far fewer travelers stay at one of Treviso hotels for at least a day or two…

After all, there is a rational grain in visiting Treviso and its attractions at least in a day. Even if you arrived in Venice in February and are in a hurry to become a member of the grandiose carnival!

Since there are a lot to do in Treviso! As it is quite big and beautiful city, that has a pronounced, unique charisma.

Unfortunately, these aspects are often ignored. And only a microscopic number of travelers stay in “Little Venice” for two or more days. Intentionally making it a base for exploring Veneto, one of the most interesting region in Italy.

After all, from here it takes only 30-40 minutes to get by train to Venice. Equally, from Treviso you can quickly get to Vicenza, Verona, Sirmione on Lake Garda and even Milan.

If you wish, you can go to Padua or visit Ferrara. Even though this town is located in Emilia-Romagna!

“Little Venice”

This name was fixed for Treviso and is used by literally everyone today. The abundance of water and bridges suggests a comparison with the famous “City of Canals”. However, upon closer examination, it turns out that the similarity is not too strong… And does it exist at all?

Venice is the sea. Entered the lagoon and channels between the islands, and settled there. There is no need to talk about any turbulent currents. Unless you mean the wake of a fast boat.

Treviso is built on the banks of active mountain rivers. Despite the fact that the city stands on a plain, the local Sile and Botteniga show such an onslaught, as if they were specially hired to destroy.

On the arches right in the channels stands the facades of some houses. It’s amazing how they haven’t collapsed yet due to such river activity.

The water creates eddies around the columns, but there is no hint of a roll. And so for several centuries – perhaps their builders knew a special secret.

By the way, there are also dams here. They were provided to protect the city in case of floods. So far, they have coped: in Venice floods in November put residents and tourists in knee-high rubber boots but here – no!

One ancient mill wheel has also been preserved. It is still spinning from time to time, pleases foreigners.

Rivers and arcades are the main attractions of Treviso

Top Attractions of Treviso

When someone start talking about what a traveler should to do in Treviso, it becomes a little boring. Actually!

The city is not so small – 100 thousand inhabitants – but the places that are really worth visiting in Treviso can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Although, however, it is widely believed that you just need to wander around Treviso. Absorbing its aura and literally enjoying being!

Let’s start with the ancient walls. The remains of which surround the old city from the north.

The banks of the river Boteninga, which once served as a moat, have been turned into a kind of zoo. Fat geese and ducks, swans swim in the water and are not afraid of anything. On the islets, rabbits jump with might and main.

The locals don’t notice them. Tourists, on the other hand, forget about churches and frescoes and are ready to study the events on the city “farm” for hours.

Having admired, enter through Porta San Tomaso into the core of Treviso.

Old Town

Palazzo dei Trecento or “Palace of the Three Hundred” in Piazza dei Signori – the seat of the city council. The building of the XII century looks impressive – no wonder it’s considered the main attraction of Treviso… So you expect for the condottieri to run out right now.

Inside you can get on the old staircase leading directly to the second floor. Look at the frescoes and coats of arms on the walls of the main hall, marvel at the incredible height of the room and the beauty of the ceiling. That was restored, by the way, after being hit by a bomb during World War II.

At least out of respect for age – the 13th century – let’s take a look at the Loggia Dei Cavalieri. And be surprised by the excellent state of the building of Romanesque architecture.

A couple of medieval churches of Treviso: St. Francis and St. Nicholas are also amazing examples of the severe Romanesque style. Massive volumes, simple brickwork, simplicity in everything and a real greatness – in the old days they knew a lot about true beauty.

Treviso Cathedral is far from old. On the contrary, its classical portico of graceful proportions dates from the middle of the 19th century.

You should definitely go inside – the atmosphere of Catholic churches in Italy shakes with its solemn calmness. That’s where it’s good to think!

Nearby on the square stands a nice residential building, a typical house in the Renaissance style. If you have time – just wait and see.

By the way, there is also a wonderful souvenirs shop nearby. As you know there are a lot of Things to Buy in Italy as a Keepsake.

Houses and Bridges

In Treviso, in general, there are many old houses, whose history is little known. But they look very attractive.

There are ancient paintings right on the walls. Or you walk along the arcade and suddenly find an icon right on the wall. XVI, XVII century? Who knows, maybe older…

And by the way, there are a lot of arcades on the streets – almost more than in Bologna. So you can wander here also in the rain!

And look at the rivers for hours – the spectacle they’re making is mesmerizing anyone

The best place to watch the water is the bridges of the Buranelli urban area. Through which the Canyan arm of the Botteniga flows. At the end, it flows into the river Sile. This place is famous and a must visit in Treviso – it was mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy.

In the 19th century, the old bridge was demolished and a new one was put up. It does not catch the eye in any way, but on the stele is carved:

Dante Bridge!

The little crossing was named after the great poet from Florence in 1865.

Dante's bridge - one of the place to visit in Treviso

The beautiful bastion of San Paolo, which Google tends to call as Castello Romano, adorns the steep bend of the river Sile. The purpose of the structure is unknown, it is impossible to get inside…

But it looks spectacular, the marble plaque with the Venetian winged lion reminds of the previous owners.

Where to Stay

We strongly advise you to stay in Treviso at least for the night. To rest a bit and put thoughts in order before further throw.

Moreover, local hotels, in comparison with Venice, are just an example of price altruism! And you can settle in the city center for money that in “La Serenissime” would not even talk to you for.

Pay attention to the B&B Hotel Treviso – very clean and tidy. Also, look neat the Dimora del Teatro design apartments in a pretty house next to the Church of St. Stephen.

Just beckon travelers MyPlace Treviso Vittoria Apartments. From which, it seems, you can literally walk to the train station in 5 minutes!

Where to Eat

In Treviso there are plenty of the little and quite inexpensive restaurants. Where you can either take a traditional Italian food pizza (2-2.5 € for 1 piece, 6-8 € for the whole) or try a plate of pasta (from 6-7 €).

  • In the latter case, a minimum of 1.5 € will be included in the bill for the appliance – Italians do not rely on the generosity of tourists.

The main problem is that the local catering closes for a kind of siesta at 13-15 hours. And during this period, food can only be purchased at McDonald’s. Taverns open again at 17-18 hours – at this time the townspeople slowly begin to catch up for dinner.

Gelateria do not close for lunch. But gelato, albeit very tasty, will you not be full?

Another issue is the lack of public toilets in Treviso. Paid one is located only at the station, free toilet have only McDonald’s.

In locals stores, they are absent in principle – why, because tourists do not go here? In cafes and restaurants, you will have to order something first…

What to Buy

There are several chain supermarkets in Treviso. CONAD flaunts the most democratic prices – the traveler will be impressed by the local cheeses and wines.

The only PAM store in the city has an excellent alcohol department with impressive discounts. You can buy everything that is usually bought in grocery stores. From milk and bread, chocolate and cookies to water and other beverages.

You should definitely buy in Italy original prosecco – this is an extra-class sparkling wine. Look for the inscription Spumante Superiore Extra Dry on the label – it is produced in the vicinity of the city. And take it. For a very reasonable price: 6-9 € per bottle.

How to Get to Treviso

Once more time – Treviso is a tourist hub on the way to Venice. When you land at the local airport of Antonio Canova, consider that you are already looking at the Grand Canal.

There are regular buses from the local airport to “La Serenissime”, also you can take a fast transfer to Mestre or Venice.

Bus №6 of the company Mobilitadimarca can also take you to Treviso Station. From which trains depart regularly to the sole Venetian station named Santa Lucia.

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