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Treviso, filigree on the water

An agreeable landscape that is not compressed by the time: this is how Treviso can described, a charming and inviting destination thanks to its historical past and its artistic treasures and a great respect for the environment.

 There are some “titbits” that only Treviso can offer: the sailing across the Sile river for instance that enables to reach Venice around thirty kilometres far – on board of small ships up to twelve seats with their bow that slide among the sluices and the equipped docks along the way. A piece of Veneto to be discovered slowly and after reaching Treviso, the noble and ancient town, called urbus picta because of its frescoed houses and described as “matched to the mobile filigree of the water” by the writer Comisso, it is a charming town that puts together the past and the present in its historical central district. Piazza de Signori is the civic and religious core of the town, it is surrounded by the rivers that come from the Botteniga and flow into the Sile and the water is still the protagonist with Rio dei Buranelli that is one of the most picturesque corners of the city where Palazzo dei Trecento stands out in the middle of that.

Loggia dei Cavalieri is not far from there, it is open on three sides that are paced by five arches built on small stone columns while the connection between piazza dei Signori and the cathedral is Calmaggiore, a very lively shopping street: the buildings belong to different historical periods and they feature the route that leads to the Cathedral area that also includes the Roman Baptistery – the unfinished bell tower and Palazzo Vescovado. The temple of S. Nicolò is very interesting too, it is one of the most important religious landmarks of Veneto: it has got Roman origins but it was rebuilt during the Gothic Age. The frescoes that are kept inside are amazing as well as the near Chapterhouse of Dominicans where some frescoes by Tommaso da Modena (1352) can be seen, they represent the distinguished Dominicans. The Monastery of St. Catherine dating back to the XIIIth century can’t be missed since it hosts a series of frescoes by Da Modena while in the ancient monastery there is the new seat of Musei Civici.

After the sacred and the profane the visitors can reach the Pescheria, an open-air market from where you can see the backside of the house of Carraresi where a number of cultural events are held. When you leave Treviso you can focus on the enigmatic genius of Renaissance, Giorgione, born in Castelfranco Veneto, a treasure-chest town featured by a number of different architectonical styles from the Middle Ages to the XVIIIth century. The amazing Pala by Giorgione deserves to be admired in the Cathedral of Castelfranco, it is a must that mustn’t be missed as well as the Academic Theatre, a treasure dating back to the XVIIth century.

Luciana Francesca Rebonato

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