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Places and charm

Places and charm

The beauty of Treviso does not just lie in its heritage of churches and buildings, but much more in the intimate atmosphere of the city and its very special urban fabric. Visiting Treviso means letting yourself go in the myriad of medieval alleys, and glimpse picture postcard views which will amaze you with their poetic charm. And even more importantly joining the locals in their quest for life.

Piazza dei Signori is the salon and at the same time symbol of the city, proof of the great vocation Treviso's inhabitants have for feasting, cordiality and cheerfulness. The bell tower and Palazzo dei Trecento are located in the square, the latter has always been the seat of local government. A large external stairway leads inside the building, where 15th and 16th century sculpture which survived the 1944 bombings can be seen. Great vaults are located under the Palazzo dei Trecento, where Treviso''s inhabitants meet for pleasant breaks.

Monte di Pietà from Piazza dei Signori a gallery leads to the small square of Monte di Pietà. Inside it is possible to visit the Cappella dei Rettori, ornately decorated with frescoes and gilded leather panels. The other rooms house original weights and measures and numerous works of art by Luca Giordano and Sebastiano Ricci.

The canals. Water plays the leading role in Treviso, the city is characterized by a system of rivers and canals which cross it and surround it. Walking through the center visitors encounter truly poetic settings, where medieval houses and buildings are reflected in the clear water of the canals. Wander around the maze of alleys starting behind Piazza dei Signori to discover the most charming corners of the city: Isola della Pescheria (fishmarket island), Canale dei Buranelli, Ponte San Francesco with the windmill, Ponte Dante with the university and Ponte S. Martino.

The painted houses. These are another characteristic of Treviso; at one time all the houses of wealthy families were decorated on the outside with large painted motifs. Some of these can still be seem in many areas of the city: from simple geometric patterns to actual mythological scenes from the 16th century. A certain concentration is visible near Piazza Duomo, in Via Riccati, Via Canova and Via della Roggia.

The monumental gates. The historical center of Treviso was surrounded by walls almost four km long, mainly built by Venice in the 1500's. Once the walls were completed, a perimeter of water was created by diverting water from the rivers Sile and Cagnan, while still surround the city embellishing it with gardens. Two monumental gates in white stone open in the walls: to the north San Tommaso Gate and to the west Santi Quaranta Gate, both surmounted with the winged lion of Saint Mark.

Photos courtesy of: Provincia di Treviso – Assessorato Turismo, Servizio Turismo

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