TREVISO

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The daily life of Treviso runs along the Arcades of Calmaggiore, the road that connects the civil centre of the city, Piazza dei Signori, with the religious one of Piazza del Duomo.

Piazza dei Signori is characterized by the presence of the Palazzo dei Trecento, the ancient communal palace of 1217: austere and massive, it is an authentic testimony of the history of the city. The loggia on the ground floor is from the16th century. The Palazzo del Podestà is adjacent to the Palazzo Pretorio, and came about from renovation of the original building, the Torre comunale (Communal Tower) stands out from behind the square. The square is closed from the other side by a succession of ancient Bourgeois houses, which are tall and narrow and characterized by their porches.

The Piazza del Duomo houses the Duomo (Cathedral) itself – a neoclassic renovation of the ancient Medieval Duomo during 1836. A walk on the arched side brings you to the original fascination of the time – the Palazzo Vescovile, with its brick worked Gothic/Veneto styled houses and the Roman Battistero (Baptistery) dating back to the 11-12th Centuries.

Another important religious monument in Treviso is the Tempio di S.Nicolò (Temple), one of the masterpieces of Gothic Italy, dating back to the 13th-14th Centuries. Its monumental interior contains many precious works of art and in the convent, in the Sala del Capitolo, there are exceptional preserved frescoes; the workmanship of Tommaso da Modena, one of the great masters of 14th Century painting.

Walking through the city, adhering to the tortuous Medieval roads, between the bridges and the arches, you can find other architectural treasures: the area of the Pescheria (fish market), onto which faces Ca’ de Carraresi, an ancient house/fontego (warehouse), today the seat of prestigious exhibitions: the Loggia dei Cavalieri, a Roman/Gothic construction which was used as a covered square for the Medieval nobility; the area of S. Maria Maggiore, a perfectly preserved Medieval suburb; the area of the new University links the 15th century and other neo-classic buildings to urbanistic changes over the last few years.

A walk along the restored Wall, offers a view of Treviso as a city of water and of green spaces, allowing you to come to the 2 ancient and solemn Gates of the City still in place today: Porta san Tommaso and Porta Santi Quaranta.

But Treviso is also truly a real anthology of the history of art, linked to the evolution of the ancient society: there are houses/towers, the distinctive symbol of important old families; you can still find the houses with the wheels of old mills, sign of a bourgeois entrepreneurial business; the Convento di Santa Caterina (Convent of S. Katherine) – today’s seat of a museum complex, valuable for its site and contents – this together with its frescoes and its noble architecture, tell the story of a flourishing cultural life of the city.

A final curiosity:
In Treviso, at the point where the River Cagnan and River Sile merge into one, you’ll find the Ponte Dante (Dante Bridge), which commemorates with a star, the poetic presence in the city, like Travisa, who is mentioned in the Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy); the bridge became known as “dell’ impossible” (of the impossible) due to the fact that the River’s current saw its collapse more than once before its completion. Today, the waters of the River are calm and with their rhythm, accompany the walk in an urban place not far from the Cathedral, transmitting a great sense of peace.

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