Nestled at the confluence of Sile and Botteniga, Treviso is located in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Treviso and has a population of 376,852. The city is often called Little Venices due to its canals and buildings raised straight from the water.
Treviso is an old-world town with narrow streets lined with arcades and enveloped in 15th-century walls. Despite the damage experienced during World War II, Treviso’s churches have been well restored and stand as some of the city’s attractions. Here are some more places you’ll want to visit.
- Piazza Dei Signori: This picturesque plaza is the center of Treviso and was built in the 1300s. It houses significant historical monuments such as the Palazzo Pretoria and the Via Calmaggiore.
- Cathedral and Museo Diocesano: Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, the five-domed cathedral features beautiful sculptures and paintings by renowned artists.
- City walls and gates: The city is surrounded by 15th-century walls, but they aren’t the first. Initially, it was a Roman city, and they cleverly fortified it and diverted water into canals that encircled the city to make a siege nearly impossible.
- Villa Emo: Considered one of Andrea Palladio’s most spacious villas, this 16th-century architectural monument was a statement of social change that merged family life with hard labor.
- Museo Collezione Salce: This is a unique graphic art archive inspired by Nando Salce, a Treviso born collector. Over the years, the museum has accumulated graphic arts from famous Italian artists such as Bruno Munari and Leonetto Cappiello.
Treviso is an old-world gem that allows visitors to explore authentic Veneto life and the decadent Italian delights and history.