Charismatic and courteous, Treviso is a calm and cultural city hailed by many as ‘little Venice.’ Regularly overlooked due to its close proximity to Italian holiday heavyweights, Treviso is an impossibly attractive place perfect for soaking up the imitable Italian ambience. Meandering waterways, quaint cafes and elegant bridges decorate this stunning city, whose rich cultural scene comprises of charming churches, excellent museums and eclectic monuments; a familiar figure amongst the city is Tomaso de Modena, a revered artist whose fabulous fresoces decorate the walls of many historic houses and churches in Treviso.
Standing solemnly in gothic glory is the Chiesa di San Nicolo, a seemingly interminable structure whose elaborate spire stretches skywards. Within, delightfully decorated columns immortalise the work of Modena, providing an aesthetically appealing element to the church.
It would be a cultural crime to visit Treviso and not explore the wonderful waterways by boat. Catch a quaint gondola and sail the curvaceous canals in order to absorb all of the lovely landmarks that decorate the sinuous streets.
A museum that could singlehandedly secure a city the award of cultural centre is the Museo di Santa Caterina, an excellent selection of exhibitions housed in a former convent. Vivid and vibrant frescoes indicate the churches entrance, leading on to magnificent modern paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries and an extensive archaeological section that showcases a rich historic heritage.
Residing in the heart of Treviso’s atmospheric Old Town is Toni del Spin, an atmospheric restaurant that specialised in regional specialities and serves Treviso’s renowned local beverage, prosecco. Sample rustically roasted meat, juicy olives and roasted garlic before toasting the tantalising city of Trevisa with a chilled glass of sparkling prosecco.( Via Inferiore, 7, 31100 Treviso TV, Italy)