Treviso (27 August 2016), that’s the city you do not expect.
You think to visit the classic medieval town, perhaps with the “usual” magnificent gothic, baroque or Romanesque Cathedral but you discover a city nestled between the channels, with striking and original views, however, there are also important masterpieces of Italian art. The town lives with its rivers, Sile and Cagnan, that get their way through the streets of the city, giving it a unique charm and that meet just here, at the end of their paths. Also Dante Alighieri speaks about Treviso in the ninth Canto of Paradise where he describes the city “dove Sile e Cagnan s’accompagna” (Paradiso, IX, V. 49).
The city has just over 80,000 inhabitants, is slightly spread out and can then be visited in a morning.
The tour can start with the visit of the Duomo, located in the Duomo square, sacred to San Pietro Apostolo. The visit left you a bit disappointed, used to see much more spectacular cathedrals in Italy. The external facade is neoclassical, with six Ionic columns topped by a triangular tympanum.
Inside the cathedral there are works by Pordenone, but stands out above all the “Annunciation Altarpiece” by Titian. The work depicts the Virgin Mary in the foreground while the Angel comes from the bottom. Down the depiction, half hidden, there is the figure of the canon, who commissioned the work, which seems to spy on the entire scene.
Next to the Cathedral, the Church of St. John the Baptist, now used as a baptistery, normally not open to visitors.
Going through Via Cornarotta, to the north side of the square, you will reach in a few minutes to Buranelli area, the most characteristic of the city, characterized by canals, bridges and very suggestive glimpses. The area is definitely worth a stop to admire, from one of the many bridges, the beautiful houses that are reflected in the water.
The Buranelli channel is a branch of Botteniga and owes its name to the presence of a palace belonging to Buranelli, a family originating of Burano.
Then along the narrow streets of the neighborhood leads to the characteristic Island of the Fish, now the fish market. Nearby are two of the three watermills in the city, working, but actually not too well preserved.
Then returning to where they started, cross the Bridge of San Francesco from which you can admire the third watermill, the best preserved.
Near the bridge, the Church of San Francesco, an interesting example of architecture with a simple and severe style.
Retracing your steps and along Via Campana you reach San Vito Square where you can visit the Church of San Vito, very small, the Church of Saint Lucia and a splendid Romanesque building (pictured below), now businesses.
At the center of the square, a beautiful fountain dating back to ‘600, formed at the base of a large octagonal pool.
The tour can end with a bang with the beautiful Piazza dei Signori, the most important of the city. In the square facing the Palace of the Prefecture with the Civic Tower and the Praetorian Palace, at first offices of the Podestà, now the seat of a foundation.
HOW TO GET
From the airport of Treviso, there are bus connections. For information, click here.
By car, highway A27, exit Treviso Sud. Follow the signs for the SP113 and, thereafter, for SR53 and exit Treviso center.