The medieval city of Treviso conjures up plenty of Veneto charm while providing a welcome respite for those looking to escape the crowds of nearby Venice. Its claims to fame include being the birthplace of the Benetton Group family and for its production of Prosecco wine and the tasty leaf vegetable of radicchio rosso.
Much like Venice, Treviso is a city you won’t mind getting lost in. Wander through its historic centre and you’ll find the well-preserved 15th-century city walls and gates. There are also some wonderful churches to discover, such as the neoclassical cathedral. The old town is also home to the imposing Church of San Nicolo and the multicoloured mosaics of Chiesa di San Francesco. When it’s time for an aperitivo, do as the locals do and grab an Aperol Spritz cocktail in the main square of Piazza dei Signori.
Treviso has an abundance of interesting museums brimming with artefacts and artwork. Just next to Treviso Cathedral is the Museo Diocesano, which houses everything from marble statues and archaeological treasures to religious artwork and jewellery. Over at the Salce Collection, you’ll find around 25,000 19th and 20th-century promotional posters collected by Treviso native Nando Salce.
Treviso is a fantastic base to explore Venice from, being just 30 minutes by train from the ‘Floating City’. Take the day to admire the iconic sights like St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the maze-like network of alleyways and canals.