Last Updated: 11th September, 2017
An attractive city in the north of Italy, Treviso is the capital of Treviso province, and known for its architecture, pedestrianised historic centre, tranquillity and hospitality. Of ancient origin, Treviso boasts plentiful historic sights as well as chic shopping areas and eateries – the perfect fusion of ancient and modern, without the noise and congestion of a major city.
The lovely Piazza dei Signori (Lords' Square) is a great place to relax in the midday sun, and houses the impressive 15th century Palazzo di Podestà. The 13th century Palazzo dei Trecento is also worth a visit, as is the Piazza Rinaldi; the three palaces of the Rinaldi family, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. But the visitor’s favourite has to be the cathedral dedicated to St Peter. Originally a small church in the late Roman era, the building was extended over several architectural periods to create today’s fine structure of seven domes and a crypt, with the original Roman gates fully restored. Borgo Cavour leads to the Luigi Bailo Civic museum which houses archaeological remains, an old Venetian art gallery and a modern art collection.
If you want to shop for bargains, Italian produce or souvenirs, Treviso is a great base providing everything you need. The historical center – mainly around Corso del Popolo, Piazza dei Signori and Via Calmaggiore - offers a multitude of designer shops, bookshops, jewellers, artisan craftsmen and furniture makers.
There is also a monthly antiques market in the Borgo Cavour area, where you can bag yourself a genuine piece of history at a decent price. For outdoor types, there are plenty of botanic gardens to stroll around, such as the Giardino Fenologico, Orto Botanico Conservativo Carlo Spegazzini and Orto Botanico Conservativo Francesco Busnello, each housing a number of internationally important indigenous and foreign species of flora. Also take a stroll along the Terraglio River to see wonderful examples of Venetian architecture.