10 things to see absolutely in Treviso and surroundings

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Treviso is located in the lower Veneto plain, in an area rich in water resources, which play a fundamental role in the charm of the city. The harmonious coexistence between nature, human constructions and numerous historical testimonies represents the strong point of a place, capable of enchanting the visitor.
Here 10 things to see absolutely in Treviso and surroundings.


  1. Piazza dei Signori
  2. Palazzo dei Trecento
  3. Porta Altinia, Porta San Tomaso and Porta Santi Quaranta
  4. Via Calmaggiore and the Fountain of Tits
  5. Regional Natural Park of the River Sile
  6. Talking trees park
  7. Treviso Cathedral
  8. Burci cemetery
  9. Villa Tiepolo Passi
  10. The Loggia of the Knights
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Piazza dei Signori

Piazza dei Signori it is the most important square in Treviso, cultural, historical and social center of the whole city. This owes its name to the presence of the palaces of the ancient Trevigiana Signoria, namely: Palazzo del Podestà, to the north, with the Civic Tower, the ancient seat of the Signoria, dating back to the thirteenth century; Palazzo del Pretorio to the west; the first seat of the Library to the south, and Palazzo dei Trecento to the east. Building that dominates the entire square, Palazzo dei Trecento.

  • Piazza dei Signori is the heart of Treviso, and can be easily reached on foot from any part of the city. From the central station it is just 8 minutes, which is equivalent to about 600 meters of walk in Corso del Popolo - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Palazzo dei Trecento

The political-administrative life of Treviso gravitated around the palace. Completed in 1268, over time it held various roles: seat of the Court of Consuls, place of public assemblies, place where justice was administered by the Podestà and seat of the Council. The Palace then also became the seat of the supreme civic assembly, formed by three hundred members from which the name "Palazzo dei Trecento" derives. In 1944 the building was the victim of a bombing that caused such serious damage that the hypothesis of demolition was initially analyzed. However, it was decided to restore it, of which a row of bricks further back from the level of the perimeter walls testifies, which allows to distinguish the portions of the original walls from the reconstructed ones. Today Palazzo dei Trecento is the seat of the municipal council, and building used as a place for exhibitions and exhibitions.

  • a few steps from Piazza dei Signori - Get directions
  • open to the public on the occasion of exhibitions, Saturday and Sunday from 14.30pm to 18.00pm
  • full € 5,00, reduced € 3,00, free for under 18s and residents of the Municipality of Treviso

3 - Porta Altinia, Porta San Tomaso and Porta Santi Quaranta

The historic center of Treviso is closed within sixteenth-century walls, on which three doors open. Porta Altinia is the first. Located at the southern end of the city, its construction dates back to 1514, when its foundations were laid next to those of a previous gate whose vaults still exist. Used for several years as a military bulwark, has a tower-style upper part while, on the side fronts, it is possible to see the holes of the gunboats. Porta San Tomaso is located in the north-eastern area of ​​the center, ed it is the largest and most majestic of all three gates. Erected in 1518, it is entirely covered with decorative elements, which reflect the pattern of the classic triumphal arches. Overhung by a dome made of wood and lead, in the center of the external front there is a statue of the lion of San Marco while, outside the central arch, there is the inscription: "Porta de San Thomaso", in Venetian dialect for people who came from outside Treviso while, on the facade facing the city, the inscription is in Latin, in order to highlight the cultural differences between the center and the countryside. Porta Santi Quaranta is located to the west of the city, and was built in 1516, in conjunction with the construction of new defensive works following the battle of Legnano. The central part is covered by a vaulted ceiling with a series of small arches while the external façade is deliberately sober and calm as it was conceived as a symbol of a strong and secure government. Also in this case we have the presence of the same written in Latin and in dialect while, the slits that cut the facade vertically indicate the past presence of two drawbridges.

  • the three gates are easily accessible on foot from any part of the city. Porta Altinia is two minutes from Central Station - Get directions. Porta San Tomaso is 20 minutes away, passing among the main monuments of the city - Get directions. Porta Santi Quaranta, on the other hand, can be reached in 20 minutes along the western part of the city, and passing through Porta Calvi - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Via Calmaggiore and the Fountain of Tits

Via Calmaggiore is the main street in the historic center of Treviso. In the Middle Ages its task was to symbolically connect the two centers of power: the cathedral, seat of spiritual power and Palazzo dei Trecento, the center of the temporal one. At the beginning of the Calmaggiore, inside the Palazzo Pretorio, there was the famous fountain of the Tits since 1559 which, on the occasion of particular celebrations, poured white and red wine at the same time. Today the original fountain has been removed and placed under the loggia of Palazzo dei Trecento while a working copy was placed in the courtyard of a small gallery that connects Calmaggiore with the small square of the Tower and with calle del Podestà. Along Calmaggiore it is possible to see numerous frescoed palaces, both on the facades and inside the arcades which, following one another along the entire length of the road, represent one of its greatest peculiarities.

  • How to get: The arcades of Calmaggiore are located a few steps from Piazza dei Signori. The road constitutes the continuation of via XX Settembre - Get directions
  • Timetables: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: free

5 - Regional Natural Park of the River Sile

The Regional Natural Park of the River Sile extends along the course of the Sile over an area of ​​4.152 hectares, divided into 11 municipal areas belonging to the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice. The protected area has a series of entrances, including the one located in the "risorgive" area, in Casacorba di Vedelago (Treviso), from where an equipped path starts, made up of pedestrian and cycle paths. Inside the park a great variety of plants are preserved, some local historical reconstructions and the old mill, today an ethnographic museum. Visiting the park is a good opportunity to relax in nature, while learning about the origins and history of the city.

  • the natural park of the River Sile can be reached in several ways but, it is advisable to reach it on foot, so that you can also see another part of Treviso - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Park of Talking Trees

The Park of the Talking Trees aims to guide children in the discovery of themes such as cinema, cartoons, inventions, science and nature. This is divided into different spaces, located within the public park of Villa Margherita: the cedar house, home to the multimedia Precinema and cartoon path, the scientific path and the discovery of the 4 elements; and outdoor paths concerning dragons, dinosaurs, extinct animals and Leonardo Da Vinci's Machines. The last area consists of a large parking lot, which is a two-minute walk from the cedar.

  • by car, A27 motorway, Treviso Nord exit, continue on the SS13. By train and bus, from Treviso train station, take bus line n.1 - Get directions
  • From January 2nd to December 30th. Closed on December 25th and Easter. from 09:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00
  • 1 route, child € 7,00 adult € 5,00 - 2 routes, child € 12,00 adult € 10,00 - 3 routes, child € 17,00 adult € 15,00

7 - Treviso Cathedral

The Cathedral of Treviso it was built on an early Christian temple, of which only the Crypt survives today. In Romanesque style, the building has a large staircase on the facade, adorned with six Ionic columns. Inside there are several famous works including the dedicated high altar, by the sculptor Tullio Lombardo, and the Annunciation by Titian. To the side of the Cathedral stands the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a small church that was the only baptismal font in the city until the th century.

  • from Piazza dei Signori the Duomo is only 4 minutes away. Move northwest towards Viocolo Podestà - Get directions
  • daily, but it may be inaccessible during some religious services
  • free

8 - Cemetery of the burci

There are several legends surrounding the river Sile, traditionally considered a magical place, populated by mermaids and fantastic creatures, which protect the water, plants and animals. Among the many mysterious places, there is one in particular, known as the burci cemetery: an archaeological site that houses about twenty boats, some not visible to the naked eye, sunk between 1974 and 1975. the work of their own boatmen, as a sign of protest against the "new" road transport. The burci cemetery can be reached via the GreenWay, the green road within the protected area of ​​the Sile River Regional Natural Park.

  • The burci cemetery is located in the Municipality of Casier, which is part of the hinterland of the City of Treviso, within the Sile park. To reach the area it is recommended to use the bus, MOM urban line 4, Casier Centro stop. From here go to the park entrance, duly signposted, and take the GreenWay - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Villa Tiepolo Passi

Villa Tiepolo Passi is located in Carbonera, just outside Treviso. Example of a post-Palladian Venetian Villa, it was the home of several noble families up to the Conti Passi de Preposulo, settle in the 800s and present inhabitants. Inside the Villa it is possible to admire a series of frescoes of the seventeenth century by Pietro Antonio Cerva Bolognese while, the exterior is guarded by the busts of the philosophers Democritus and Heraclitus, positioned so as to watch the sun rise and set on the day of the solstice of winter, symbolizing the important agricultural role of the Villa. Outside, the elegant Italian garden, with fish pond and statues of the Torretto, is one of the rare examples left from the time of the Serenissima.

  • starting from the car parks near the stadium, proceed north from Strada Siora Andriana del Vescovo it will take you about 30 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • every Sunday from 11:00 and 15:30 From March to November (minimum 4 people). Close on January 1st and December 25th.
  • Admission: € 10,00 per person, € 8,00 in the case of a group of at least 15 people. Reductions: Residents in Carbonera, FAI and Ville Venete members € 8,00 per person, students (from 8 up to 21 years) € 7,00, Disabled: € 7,00 per person (free accompanying persons)
  • Free: Children up to 7 years, disabled assistants, carers

10 - The Loggia of the Knights

The Loggia of the Knights it is one of the most representative buildings of the city of Treviso. Located in the area where, most likely, the Roman Tarvisium forum stood, the Loggia it is the symbol of the power of the nobles during the period of the Free Commune. Built in the years 1266-67, it had the function of a meeting place, institutional and otherwise, between nobles. Subsequently the Loggia fell into disuse and, closing the arches, it began to be used as a warehouse: in the nineteenth century it was proposed to be demolished. The question was addressed once again following the bombing of Treviso, which seriously damaged the Loggia but, fortunately, once again they voted against the demolition.

  • from Piazza dei signori proceed south-east towards Via Barberia - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

Plan your stay in Treviso: interactive map + info on hotels and tours

Treviso is a city capable of satisfying any ideal of vacation or visit. The different areas of the city are skilfully connected by public transport, all supported by the presence of both the railway station and the airport. In the city center the prices are certainly not very low but, moving away from Piazza dei Signori, it is possible to find solutions suitable for all wallets, both in terms of accommodation and catering.

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