Approaching Treviso, the surroundings seem like the outskirts of any town, nothing special. Be patient…a magical city awaits you. Once you enter the walled area of the old town your senses awaken and the charm and beauty overtake you.
Winding, cobblestone streets, dotted with cafes, tavernas and shops, lead you from piazza to piazza, passing by churches and basilicas drenched in frescoes and beautiful stained glass windows.
Only 25 miles from Venice, Treviso is a star in it’s own right; the birthplace of Prosecco, Tiramisu, Casatella cheese and famous for it’s radicchio. The fashion houses Sisley and United Colours of Benetton also hail from the city.
Treviso is warm, vibrant and beautiful. The immaculate streets and glistening canals wrap their way around the multitude of galleries, markets and cafes. Urban modern art is scattered through out the walls and alcoves of the historic center, contrasting sharply with the faded frescoes still visible on the exteriors of the many Romanesque, Gothic and Venetian style buildings.
The markets are a staple in the life of a Trevisan. People arrive on foot and on bicycle to collect their goods and to socialize within the community. The famous fish market is a bustling meeting place on Fish Island, held almost everyday; fruit, antique and flea markets are held Tuesday and Saturday.
Steeped in history, one could spend days exploring Treviso but it would be impossible to resist the temptation to visit the incredibly beautiful towns only a few miles away.
Conegliano, 20 miles north of Treviso, boasts a 10th century castle and is the birthplace of popular Prosecco, now becoming an integral hub for the cyclist. The newly opened cycling trail from Munich to Venice is almost 370 miles long, linking the Bavarian Alps to the Adriatic Sea.
The Canon d’Oro specifically caters to the cyclist offering 10% off if you arrive with a bike. The hotel is equipped with bike storage, a bike maintenance room and provides energy bars and other incidentals needed to take to the road. Believe it or not, the stunning hotel, complete with beautiful gardens, terraces and lovely frescoes adorning it’s entrance-way, is a Best Western Hotel.
Follina is where you will find a 12th century abbey just 25 miles north-west of Treviso. The beautiful olive trees grace the periphery of the stunning and whimsical cloister within. After walking the cobblestone streets, treat yourself to a luxurious dinner at Ristorante La Corte, one of the few Michelin Star restaurants in the area
Vittoria Veneto and Asolo with their magnificent vistas are two of the most beautiful Gothic towns definitely worth a visit. They both transport you back in time with their grand churches and castles, narrow pedestrian roads and canals.
Fonte is for the Prosecco lover! Prosecco vineyards sweep the Veneto region but it is here that you will find Dal Bello vineyard and some of the best Prosecco ever tasted. Book a tour of the vineyard and cellars then wander across the road to their tavern for a scrumptious lunch
Treviso is the ideal spot to use as a base for day trips not only these wonderful towns but also Venice! Just a short 20 minute train ride from Treviso, one can enjoy the excitement and energy of this incredible city without the expense and often frustration of acquiring a hotel room.
The Adriatic Sea is also just 25 miles away for those who like to dip their toes in the water or to walk the promenade. With so much to do and see, Treviso is truly a place to return to over and over again.
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