Away from the spotlight of its famous neighbour cities, Treviso is the perfect place if you want to experience the Veneto life without stressful tourist crowds. A table outside a coffee place, the sound of a millstream on the background, a glass of prosecco under the arcades, a typical dish with radicchio rosso… The big cities can wait.
WHAT TO SEE
THE CANALS AND BRIDGES
Treviso is one of those cities where you can walk to every corner and still find something beautiful. Explore this city on foot or by bicycle to immerse yourself on its Venetian lifestyle. The canals are everywhere in the city, some with black water-wheels that once had a commercial purpose, now only decorative.
CANALLE DEI BURANELLI
Buranelli Canal is one of the city’s landmarks. Romantic, colorful and lovingly decorated during Christmas, this place is perfect to just sit and enjoy, as well as taking pics.
In 1865, at the sixth centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri, the city raised a monument at the bridge to recall the presence of the poet in Treviso. The area has a gorgeous park with benches to enjoy the view, as well as restaurants and bars.
CANALS AROUND THE CITY
THE ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY
DUOMO CATTEDRALE DI SAN PIETRO
The St. Peter Cathedral is undoubtedly the most impressive structure in the city, also a museum, and is crowned with five huge green domes. The interior features gorgeous artwork and frescos.
PIAZZA SAN VITO
Beautiful area surrounded with historical brick buildings. It’s worth stopping here for a drink and watch the world go by .
FONTANA DELLE TETTE
This one is “hidden” in a tiny street at the centre. “The fountain of the Tits” was built in 1559. Since then, to celebrate the entry of a new mayor, the fountain pours wine for three consecutive days.
CITY GATES AND WALL
Porta San Tomaso is one of the most impressive gatehouses that still stands, and in the north eastern corner of the old town, you can see one of the round towers that served as a defensive garrison. Take time to explore the walls and gates and appreciate the architecture and significance. The City Walls area is perfect for a walk during sunset hours.
You will find lots of churches in Treviso, all of them incredibly gorgeous inside. If you are a frescos and architecture lover, allow yourself to just step in and enjoy – but no pics allowed. Chiesa di San Leonardo (photo) was one of my favorites, followed by Chiesa di San Francesco.
WHERE TO EAT
TORREFAZIONE CASA DEL CAFFÈ
This is a small place where you will find all the typical Italian candies and desserts. I was lured by a Chocolate Panetonne and ended up buying also lots of different sweets to try. The owner is there to help you decide and explain the history of each traditional little candy you might be curious to try. You can find their address here.
CAFFETTERIA LA TORRE
Smooth, thick and so delish, Italian hot chocolate is hands down the best hot chocolate in the world. Indeed, I couldn’t agree more. Caffetteria La Torre is a small local business with attentive staff, where I had the best Hot White Chocolate of my life.
If you followed my stories on Instagram when I was visiting Italy, you’d remember my eternal Tiramisu chasing. At the Crich Corner I found the winner of that trip. Not to mention, they have lots of other traditional handmade desserts and the delicious Italian Espresso for you to try.
ODEON ALLA COLONNA
We chose this restaurant to be the final part of our time in Treviso, as a romantic dinner and a good bye to this lovely city. The atmosphere is romantic and the decoration is divided between rustic and modern, both very inviting. I stayed at the rustic one. The food is delicious, with great vegetarian options. I recommend making a reservation: even though we arrived as soon as it opened, it got crowded before the main course arrived.
GOOD TO KNOW
B&B Treviso is located at the heart of Treviso. From there, you can easily explore the city on foot, and it is a short walk from the railway station. Budget and practical, they offer all you need for a comfortable stay. The staff is very amicable and the breakfast is delicious and rich in options. If you’re interested in finding out more click here.
Highly pedestrian-friendly, you won’t need much transportation to explore Treviso. But, if you prefer to walk less, you can use the MOM Urban Ticket. It costs 1.30 Euro and is valid for 75min (costs 2.50 if you buy directly with the bus driver). I needed it only to/from the airport. I preferred the trains (used Tranitalia) to visit other cities.
I’ve learned this small pattern during my time in Italy:
• Tipping in bars is not mandatory, but many Italians leave a small change when they order coffee. If there’s table service, a small tip is common.
• Restaurants Service (servizio) is normally included in the check. If it’s not included, 1 or 2 Euro is fine in pizzerias. For other restaurants is normally 10%.
THE RIPOSO – Italy’s midday siesta
At lunch hours, most museums, churches, shops, businesses (almost everything except restaurants) are closed. This traditional early afternoon shutdown varies from business to business, but usually lasts about 90 minutes to two hours. It may begin between noon and 1:30pm and run until 3pm.
Most of the places are also closed all day during Mondays.
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