8 must-see things to do in Treviso

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Visiting Treviso: what are the best things to see and do in this medieval town, well protected by its ramparts?

To visit Treviso is to experience a mystical land steeped in history and emotion. It’s a city full of elegance, tranquility and charm. In the past, the town was known as « Marca », a name referring to the battlefields of the First World War, the scene of victorious moments. Treviso has thus become a city with a medieval character that conveys peace, gentleness and purity. This town of 80,000 inhabitants, located 30 km from Venice, has a perfect balance between culture and nature, and offers a wide range of activities for both contemplation and relaxation.

So what’s there to do in Treviso? To help you plan your stay, we’ve put together a list of must-do activities to visit while you’re in Treviso.

Also read in the Treviso guide :

1. Piazza dei Signori (Lords’ Square)

Piazza dei Signori, Trévise

Photo credit: Flickr – Luigi Cavasin

It’s Treviso’s most emblematic landmark, located in the heart of the city’s historic center. Triangular in shape, the square is surrounded by a number of medieval palaces, including the Podestat, which sits atop a magisterial belfry. A visit to Treviso, day or night, is an opportunity to explore the magnificent Venetian architectural style. At night, you can also enjoy the glimmer of light reflecting off the cobblestones, while during the day, you can savor the positive energy of Italian life.

2. Treviso Cathedral

Cathédrale de Trévise

Photo credit: Flickr – Jean

Located in Piazza del Duomo, the five-domed cathedral was built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the site of an earlier Romanesque church. Below is the crypt of the original church, dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, while the porch was added in 1836. Inside the cathedral, admire Titian’s Annunciation, painted in 1517, and Pordenone’s frescoes, completed in 1520. To the left of the cathedral is the 11th-12th-century Romanesque baptistery, with frescoes dating from the 13th century.

Parts of a mosaic floor from an early Christian baptistery are on display in Via Canonica, which is also home to the Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra di Treviso (entrance from the cathedral), where sacred art and archaeological finds are on show.

3. La Passeggiata lungo la restera

Passeggiata Lungo la restera, Trévise

The « Passeggiata lungo la restera » is a historic pedestrian zone perfect for relaxing. With its invigorating natural surroundings, it’s a real haven of peace. As you stroll along, you’ll encounter swans and ducks. You’ll walk along crystal-clear, calm water in lush, green surroundings that will enchant your ears with the melodious songs of the birds. What’s more, in summer, you’ll be able to see many colorful blooms that are sure to relax you.

4. Church of San Nicolò

San Nicolo, Trévise

Photo credit: Flickr – Gary Houston

The city of Treviso boasts a multitude of churches in a blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. One of the most visited is that of St. Nicholas, located just a few meters from the famous « Seminario Vescovile della Diocesi di Treviso ». As soon as you enter, you’ll see huge old brick columns lined up in a row, highlighting the incredible 12-metre-high fresco by the religious Saint Christopher. From the outside, you’ll notice that the architecture is quite sober and austere, but the interior visit is well worth the effort.

5. Museo Civico Luigi Bailo

Museo Civico Luigi Bailo, Trévise

Photo credit: Flickr – Jean

As well as the city’s ancient buildings, Treviso also boasts some sumptuous modern ones. The Museo Civico Luigi Bailo is one of these, and contains numerous artistic creations, mainly based on the exhibition of statues. The building’s design gives a strong impression of purity and clarity, notably through its light colors and harmonious spatial layout. If you’re looking for a place that cultivates and rejuvenates you, then this is the museum for you.

6. La Strada Ciclabile Treviso-Ostiglia

Strada Ciclabile Treviso-Ostiglia, Trévise

Photo credit: Flickr – Jean

Feel like doing some sport but don’t know what to do in Treviso? Discover the cycle path from Treviso to Ostiglia, in the heart of the « Fiume Sile » regional nature park, which stretches for over 118 kilometers. You’ll find that it’s an ideal place to relax, thanks to its abundant vegetation and absolute serenity. From Treviso, you can rent bicycles, which is a great idea if you’ve come to the area by plane.

7. Isolotto della Pescheria, with its fish market

Pescheria, Trevise

Photo credit: Flickr – Marika Bortolami

One of the oldest and most authentic districts to visit in Treviso includes the Buranelli buildings and the convent of the Camaldolese nuns. Until the mid-1800s, it was made up of three small islands, where Burano fishermen came to sell their fish. Then, the three islands were brought together, and a fish market was built. Surrounded by elegant old buildings, this bustling market is one of the city’s most spectacular spots. Recently, incongruous but attractive contemporary sculptures have been added to the river.

8. Other ideas for visits to Treviso

Villa Emo, Fanzolo

Villa Emo – Photo credit: Wikimedia – Marcok

  • Don’t miss a visit to the Church of San Francesco
  • Visit Villa Emo in Vedelago, 25 km from Treviso

How to get to Treviso

Treviso has an airport known for being served by Ryanair for travellers to Venice. If you want to get to Treviso, you’ll need to travel with the Irish airline, or take a flight to Venice airport and then take a shuttle to Treviso. To find a cheap flight to Treviso, you can search on the website of our partner Ulysses.

Where to stay in Treviso

Treviso is a relatively small town, and the best place to stay is in the historic center, where you can be sure of a charming stay. You can find a cheap hotel in Treviso by searching on this hotel comparator.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Treviso,it