HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, ARTS AND EVENTS IN VENICE & VENETO

Welcome to the “Joyous and Loving March”. This is how, since the Middle Ages, Treviso was defined. A delightful city, still on a human scale, full of charm and history, where it is pleasant to simply walk along the streets, admiring frescoed houses, churches, and buildings, or stopping in the well-known taverns to discover the taste of happiness and hospitality.

The ideal starting point for a visit to the city is the central Piazza dei Signori, the exclusive meeting point where the people of Treviso love to come together. The square is overlooked by the Palazzo dei Trecento – Palace of the Three-hundred, so called because the Town Council, which was made up of 300 citizens, gathered there, the Civic Tower – called the “Campanon”, and the Prefecture.

From the square, you can take Via Calmaggiore (probably an ancient Roman cardo), the noblest street of the city, characterized by porches, fifteenth-century and sixteenth-century stately houses, and fashionable shops. At the beginning of this street once stood the Fontana delle TetteFountain of Tits – that, after the fall of the Venetian Republic, was removed and is currently found in a loggia of the Gallery of the Roman Road. Legend has it that touching this fountain brings good luck.

Taking Via Calmaggiore, you arrive in Piazza Duomo, home to the eleventh-century Romanesque Baptistery, and the Duomo with seven domes and its imposing neoclassical facade. Inside the Duomo is an altarpiece depicting the Annunciation by Titian and a crypt dating back to 1100.

Walking through the city, along the picturesque medieval streets, among bridges and porticoes, you will come upon other architectural jewels: the Loggia dei Cavalieri, a Romanesque-Gothic building that was used as a covered square for medieval nobility, the monumental gates of San Tommaso and Santi Quaranta, the Isola della Pescheria with its fish market onto which overlooks Ca’ dei Carraresi, an ancient house-warehouse that is today a venue for important exhibitions.

A must see is also the former Church of Santa Caterina. Its frescoes of exceptional value, vivacity, and chromatic splendor are one of the most interesting examples of medieval mural painting in the Veneto region. Inside, you can admire the structures with detached frescoes of the celebrated stories of St. Ursula, by Tommaso da Modena, an absolute masterpiece of fourteenth-century Italian art. The rest of the complex of Santa Caterina houses the Museum of Archaeology (300,000 years of human presence and activities documented in the Treviso area), as well as the art gallery of medieval, Renaissance, and modern art with paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian, Tiepolo, and many others.

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