Treviso Marca territory,
the garden of Venice
Venice less one hour from Follina : a book would not be sufficient to describe it. Because the city's atmosphere provokes different sensations and feelings in each of us which are difficult to put into words. Forget the car, traffic and beeping horns and learn to move around on foot, by boat or in a gondola. Piazza San Marco dominated by the Grande Basilica and Palazzo Ducale is the hub around which everything revolves. Over the centuries the square has paid host to shows, processions and political movements. The Basilica in the form of a Greek cross, dating from the 11th century, is one of its jewels. The oriental façade, with treasures from territories belonging to the Venetian Empire including the gilt-bronze horses brought back from Constantinople in 1204, make it one of the most breathtaking buildings in the world. Inside you can find the 10th century Pala d'Oro (Golden Altar screen), the sacrament altar, the Treasury, the Mascoli Chapel, the Pentecostal Dome and the Madonna di Nicopeia. The 11th century Palazzo Ducale or Palazzo dei Dogi was the official residence of the Venetian rulers and boasts a different, more Gothic style with the upper part in purple marble resting on a series of Istrian white stone loggia and arches. Do not miss the Scalinata dei Giganti, Porta della Carta and Sala del Maggior Consiglio.But there are many places located outside the square that are worthwhile visiting, like the Gallerie dell'Accademia whose collection covers a period of five centuries of the Venetian school of art with both paintings and sculptures.Or Cà Rezzonico, the building overlooking the Canal Grande whose rooms are filled with 18th century paintings and drawings and the impressive church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, a 13th century Gothic building. The interior is surprising for its enormous dimensions and for the calibre of art on display: masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini, and a statue by Donatello. The Arsenale, the naval centre of Venetian power and the Ghetto to the north of the city which was created at the beginning of the 16th century and was the first ghetto in the world. For those who like to get to know a place through its cuisine, La Serenissima's cuisine is one of the best in Italy.There are the Rialto markets - the fish market under the 19th century loggia looking out onto Canal Grande and the fruit and vegetable market which is a rainbow of colour and well worth visiting. For lunch you need to hunt out the local restaurants (osterie), here are just a few: Antica Osteria di Santa Marina ( Campo Santa Marina 5911 Tel. 041 5285239 nd Vecio Fritolin (Santa Croce 2262, Calle della Regina, Tel. 041 5222881) between Rialto and Ca Pesaro. The following dishes are recommended: cicheti (fish cakes) and risi e bisi (rice and peas from lagoon-side orchards cooked in their own juice). Liver is the most important meat and is cooked in the pan with onions or wrapped in pig skin with sage and fried in butter (Figà col radeselo) or coated in breadcrumbs and fried with vinegar and sugar (Figà garbo e dolce). Harry's Bar (S. Marco 1323, Calle Vallaresso, Tel. 041 5285777) behind Piazza S. Marco is a famous Venetian establishment where you can stop off for a coffee or aperitif. It was highly praised by Hemingway during his stays in the city and is where Arrigo Cipriani, a descendent of Giuseppe who opened the bar in 1931, serves the bar's famous carpaccio along with other sophisticated dishes
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When you arrive to Treviso you will be enchanted by the variety
of its landscape and fascination of the cities of the Marca
Here you will find many attractions making for a pleasant stay: exquisite artistic towns that preserve intact the fascination of old medieval villages, Venetian villas that make the Marca territory unique, gentle hillsides, and excellent local food. A holiday completed with the magical Venice, easily and quickly reached from Treviso.
In the heart of the Veneto region.
From the Treviso Marca territory it is possible to reach the most beautiful tourist locations of the region in only a short amount of time
Treviso, such a pretty town
Wandering the streets or walking along the Sile River
Treviso has a grace that you will find no where else.
The center welcomes you with its colored medieval streets, lined by porticos and palaces, many still with original frescoes (one of the most beautiful urbs picta of Italy). There are many things to see: Piazza dei Signori, and the main road, Calmaggiore, in the heart of the town; the numerous and interesting churches, beginning with the Cathedral; the interweaving water courses that make it a fresh city of water; characteristic corners like the fish market and the Buranelli Canal. The Sile River (the longest resurgent river in Italy) runs through the city and the tourist can explore it from north to south among natural oasis, old mills and patronal villas. The city of Treviso offers to the tourists several local products: the well-know red radicchio, the tiramisu cake and many others dishes that you can taste in the unique and typical restaurants of the city.
The city of colors
In the thirteenth century the Joyous city frescoed the walls of its exquisite palaces with the colors of the Marca territory. Still today the intense reds and bright colors enhance and decorate the center, making Treviso one of the most beautiful urbs picta (painted centers) of Italy.
Capital of the "joyous and loving" Marca territory, Treviso has a historical center full of things to see and taste. These include Palazzo dei Trecento in the square of Piazza dei Signori, the Calmaggiore (main street), the Cathedral, the Temple of San Nicolò with the adjacent Sala del Capitolo dei Domenicani frescoed by Tomaso da Modena, the Loggia dei Cavalieri (Knight's Loggia), Ca' dei Carraresi, the important museum of Santa Caterina, and the new university in the San Leonardo quarter.
Treviso is an elegant city, full of well-tended shops, with fashionable shop windows. A card, promoted by the shop owners of the town's center, offers tourists various benefits and discounts.
You can get to know the beauty of the Sile River in a visit to the nature reserve at Santa Cristina, to the north of Treviso. To the south you can follow along the "Restera", which flanks the sinuous course of the river for many kilometers in a naturalistic context.
In the treasure city of the great Giorgione
Arriving from Treviso, Castelfranco Veneto welcomes you with its clock tower, and imposing entrance gate surrounded by crenellated walls that preserve the colors and fragrances of an ancient history. The center of the castle is a well preserved and artistic jewel box, and a testimony to multiple and significant architectural styles, from those with a medieval stamp to edifices with an eighteenth century matrix, including the Cathedral and Theatre. Castelfranco is the city of Giorgione, an extraordinary artist of the Veneto Renaissance times, famous for his canvases of unrivalled beauty, from his Altarpiece to the Tempest. The Altar-piece of Giorgione
Giorgione's masterpiece was taken to Venice for restoration in 2002, damaged throughout the years. Following its restoration, the Altar remained in Venice for an exhibition dedicated to Giorgione and later it was exhibited in the Accademia art gallery (Venice). Now that the Cathedral Chapel of Castelfranco has become a sophisticated "technological showcase", the Altar has finally returned to its initial home.
The Cathedral of the city, built by the architect Francesco Maria Preti, once more displays the Altar by Giorgione, which was excellently restored in Venice: to marvel over in total contemplation.
The castle village is a must with its architectural views and landscapes. Don't miss the Theatre, another work by Preti, a small gem of the eighteenth century.
A treasure town, muse of the artists
Asolo is a small gem situated amidst the hills of the Treviso Marca territory. Visitors are intrigued by its unique and magical atmosphere that has been the source of inspiration to artists of all epochs from the times of Queen Cornaro. The "city of a hundred horizons" is today considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, with its small squares, exquisite views, and natural landscapes with a romantic fascination and breathtaking panoramas.
The Castle of medieval origins, once the residence of Caterina Cornaro and her Renaissance court, today houses the theatre dedicated to Eleonora Duse and still preserves the clock tower, the cropped tower and the queen's audience room.
The medieval cathedral cherishes some splendid works by Lorenzo Lotto, while the Palazzo della Ragione preserves the sixteenth century frescoes by Contarini.
Palazzo Beltramini and Eleonora Duse's House face onto the small and enchanting square dedicated to Gabriele d'Annunzio. A pretty street with wonderfully frescoed palaces is dedicated to A Browning, the English poet and author of the book "Asolando" written in verse. Don't miss Villa Freya, the house where the explorer Freya Stark once lived and where the remains of the Roman theatre are still preserved in the gardens.
From Canova to Scarpa
Possagno, Maser, Altivole
A rich itinerary among the plains "of the hundred bell towers" and the hills of Asolo and Monte Grappa.
A landscape of "a hundred horizons", as Giosuè Carducci wrote, where you can immerse yourself in the rich landscape of forests and fruit trees, savoring the gastronomical delicacies of a generous land and great traditions.
You will be able to admire how the great artists of various epochs, including Andrea Palladio, Antonio Canova and Carlo Scarpa, all interpreted and evaluated the characteristics of this landscape, with its harmonious forms and colors, designing and building architectural and artistic masterpieces that are famous all over the world.
Possagno houses the natal home of the great neo-classical sculptor, Antonio Canova, the Temple designed and desired by the artist and the splendid Collection of plaster casts with casts, plaster casts and pictorial works.
The architectural genius of Palladio can be discovered at Villa Emo Capodilista of Fanzolo and in the splendid villa of Maser, also embellished by the frescoes of Paolo Veronese.
At Altivole the Barco of Queen Cornaro, a meeting place for cultured people, including Pietro Bembo, is a testimony to the only sixteenth century court of the Venetian Republic.
At S.Vito you can admire the play of water and light of the monumental Brion Tomb, the masterpiece of Carlo Scarpa, built between 1970 and 1975 in the small town cemetery.
The Montello hillside
Amidst nature and memories of the Great War
A very singular "monticellus", with the fragrance of herbs and wild plants. Once used by the Serenissima Republic as a forest reserve that provided wood for the Venetian ships, Montello Mountain was the final theatre of World War I, today preserving many important testimonies, monuments and relics.
Montello Mountain is an invitation to discover the signs of this important history, in a relaxed and contemplative atmosphere, while enjoying excellent food of the generous local tradition.
It is worth visiting Giavera del Montello, where you can see the suggestive British Cemetery and the Giavera Memorial dedicated to the unknown soldiers.
Nervesa Della Battaglia houses the imposing Montello Military Shrine. At Nervosa you can also visit: the Great War Museum, which displays many important historical finds, the Barcone del Genio Pontieri, monument to the famous pilot Francesco Baracca, and the remains of the Abbey of San Eustachio, where Monsignor Della Casa composed his famous Galateo (a compendium on etiquette and good manners).
Roaming around the Montello Mountain, you can visit Santi Angeli, with its pretty views overlooking the Piave River. And lastly, you can admire the original Boot Museum at Montebelluna, the world capital of athletic shoes. The museum summarizes the history of the town in a series of pictures and exemplaries.
The elegant hometown of Cima
Conegliano is a small Renaissance town that elegantly offers its gems to passing visitors: historical and artistic beauties, excellent local food, and wine famous all over the world.
Walking around the streets of the town, especially the splendid via XX Settembre, you can admire historical palaces with magnificent frescoes, which still preserve bright colors and well defined images. The wine-making school
The Wine-making School of Conegliano founded in 1876 was the first of its kind in Italy and Europe, a reference point for wine-making studies.
Supported by the wineries of the area, the school is the symbol of the century-old wine-making tradition of the territory.
The beautiful Scalinata degli Alpini situated in front of the station (a large and imposing stairway) greets you on your arrival to Conegliano.
This is the beginning of a relaxing walk through squares, refined shops, frescoed palaces and splendid churches.
In the square, Piazza Cima, you can admire the neo-classical Theatre and the Loggia of the San Maria dei Battuti School, frescoed by Pozzoserrato. An inviting itinerary begins at the suggestive via Madonna della Neve, coasting the old wall, Mura Carraresi, and then rising towards the Castle that overlooks the city. Here you can visit the Civic Museum, situated inside the Bell Tower.
The Prosecco Road begins at Conegliano, a sparkling itinerary amid flavors and fragrances of the green and
golden painted hillsides.
The Prosecco Road
Among golden vineyards, old churches and…
The Prosecco Road extends from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene: a continuous line of vineyards among gentle hillsides, where every now and then the landscape is dotted with an old abbey, secular trees and rustic farmhouses.
Along the itinerary, as well as the unique panorama, you will be able to stop and enjoy wines at the local inns, such as the Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze, an excellent modern wine. Prosecco throughout the past.
The commerce of this superb wine, which has always been present in the Treviso territory, intensified in the fourteenth century owing to the commercial exchange with the Germans. From Carlo V to Enrico III, up until current times, everyone passing through the hills of the Marca territory has stopped to taste this timeless wine.
Leaving from Conegliano, the Prosecco Road passes through the town of Rua di Feletto, that grew around the old Camaldolite monastery of Santa Maria Assunta, and proceeds through San Pietro di Feletto, where you can visit the old medieval parish church with some splendid frescos dating to the thirteenth century.
At Refrontolo, as well as the Prosecco, you can try an excellent DOC raisin wine, Marzemino. Here it is worth visiting Molinetto della Croda (an old mill on the waterside), an extraordinary exemplary of rural architecture of the sixteenth century, and very picturesque.
Solighetto di Pieve di Soligo has a small museum dedicated to the well known opera singer, Toti dal Monte, which offers a suggestive stopover before arriving to Valdobbiadene.
Amongst the gentle slopes of the peaceful city
Vittorio Veneto was founded in the nineteenth century with the union of two old towns, Ceneda and Serravalle, according to the will of the King of Italy. It was here that World War I terminated on 4 November 1918.
There are various signs of this important event distributed throughout the territory, above all its vocation in representing the memory and auspice of peace.
With a fortunate climate, the "queen" of the Treviso pre-alps is surrounded by gentle slopes that protect it and give life to the beautiful natural landscapes. The two original villages are particularly characteristic: Ceneda, old administrative and Episcopal seat, and Serravalle, where you will find the magnificent square, Piazza Flaminio, paved entirely in Stone of Istria. Extremely welcoming, Vittorio Veneto has many characteristic restaurants that offer excellent local food.
The Memorial Museum
The museum houses a vast collection of weapons from the Great War, a collection of camp telephones, and a vast selection of written documents, maps, typed messages, newspapers, posters and examples of propaganda from both fronts.
Interesting places to visit at Ceneda are the Cathedral, the castle of San Martino, the diocesan museum in the Episcopal Seminary, and the Museum of the Battle housed in the Loggia of Ceneda.
Another splendid work not to be missed is the "Annunciation" by Andrea Previtali, exhibited in the Church of Santa Maria del Meschio situated in the village of Ceneda.
Serravalle can be explored all over, and its gem, Piazza Flaminio, shows off the Loggia of Serravalle with its entire façade decorated by frescoes, inscriptions, coat-of-arms, and its Romanic tower. The Museum of Ceneda can also be visited inside the Loggia.
From the forests of Cansiglio to the slopes of Valdobbiadene
From the great forest of Cansiglio, an old forest well-organized for eco-tourism and various sports, to Revine Lago, with its characteristic stone houses;, the splendid Cistercian Abbey of Follina, a real treasure from the fourteenth century: a beautiful trip among natural and anthropic landscapes of the Altamarca territory, welcoming and, at times of a rare beauty.
Inbriago, Morlacco, Bastardo, Casatella…
The lands of the Pre-Alps are distinguished by the production of various superb cheeses.
Inbriago, covered with the soft grape residue from the local red wine vineyards, and Morlacco, which takes its typical flavor from the rich and varied flora of the mountain pastures of the Grappa Mountains. In the Marca territory you will also find the Casatella of Treviso, famous for its creamy texture.
Two days of pure fresh air
Sooner or later an excursion to the Cansiglio Forest is inevitable, where you can also visit the interesting Naturalistic museum, and the suggestive caves of Calieron near the town of Piai, which are well worth visiting.
In the area around the Lake of Revine various naturalistic sports are practiced, water sports as well as horse-riding, and excursions on foot or mountain bike.
You can't miss the Cistercian Abbey at Follina, one of the most remarkable examples in the Marca territory of late-Romanic architecture, which tends towards the Gothic style. The Abbey was started in the twelfth century, and finished in 1335, and it also has a very pretty cloister.
An excellent end to your trip is Valdobbiadene: a ritual toast with DOC Prosecco and tasty dishes will revive the spirit and make for an enjoyable company with friends.
Culture in the Marca territory
All year round, exhibitions, museums, itineraries, and masked festivals
The Treviso Marca territory presents a rich cultural offering all throughout the year, with various events and exhibitions, which will complete and enhance your stay.
In particular: In the beautiful medieval palace, Ca' dei Carraresi, at Treviso, well known art exhibitions are promoted by the Cassamarca Foundation. In the historical centres and villages of the Marca territory, there is a full agenda of palliums and masked festivals that re-propose medieval and Renaissance atmospheres.
Along the Sile River
Among the surprising scenarios of the river of Treviso
The Sile River offers a wonderful itinerary, which is interesting from a historical point of view, as well as for the landscape. The river can be visited on foot or better still on bicycle.
Leaving Treviso from the "Restera" zone, you will arrive to Roncade, and on the way you will pass by the red Mandelli mills (a fine example of industrial archeology), harmonious Venetian Villas, the Carrraresi Tower of the fourteenth century at Casale sul Sile, and the Giustinian Castle at Roncade.
A pleasant trip amidst picturesque surroundings.
A "cruise" in a comfortable motor ship along the Sile River is another interesting way of discovering the fascination of this river immersed in the green countryside and rich with history.
The natural park of the Sile river, situated on the north of the Venetian Lagoon, offers the possibility to visit a mavellous environment, rich of fauna and water flora