Sightseeing Tour

Treviso

Dome Treviso
Dome Treviso
Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori

The visit to Treviso can only start in the Piazza dei Signori. Here are some of the most important monuments of the city such as the City Tower (Torre Civica), the Prefecture Palace (Palazzo della prefettura) and the Palazzo dei Trecento (Town Hall Palace), inside which there are wonderful frescoes can be admired.

 

From the square, through the portico Soffioni, we access the characteristic Piazzetta Monte the Pietà which once was seat of the deposit and pawnshop in the 14th century: inside of it we find the Chapel of the Rectors (Rector Chapel) which is the special pride of the city: Gilded Venetian leather wallpaper lining the walls, the upper end is decorated with a frieze with panels of Pozzoserrato. The frescoes are attributed to Ludovico Fiumicelli instead.

 

Near the Piazza San Vito rise two churches: Santa Lucia church and San Vito which are connected by a small door to each other.

 

Further we continue in the direction of the Canale dei Buranelli, one of the most characteristic corners of the city, passing the Piazza Rinaldi and finally the Church of San Francesco. The church (14th century) with an attached cloister and monastery has an almost austere beauty. In its heart it has some valuable frescoes as well as the graves of the daughters of Petrarch and Dante.

 

Of San Francesco we follow to the Piazza del Grano where the weekly market is held two times a week. Or by the Pescheria, a tiny river island in the middle of the city which hosts the daily fish market.

 

Of the Pescheria, traversing the Piazza S.Parisio we reach Sant' Agostino church, the only religious building in the city in Baroque style. Very close to it there is the profane S. Caterina Church (church and cloister are of the 14th century.)

With its splendid Cappella degli Innocenti (Chapel of the Holy Innocents). Tommaso da Modena, one of the greatest painters of the 14th century, has created the fresco cycle on the Life of St. Ursula.

Canale dei Buranelli

Now walk down along the charming alleys to the S. Maria Maggiore church and to bridge Dante ("there,…", so the well-known verse in Dante's Divine Comedy, "…where the Sile and Cagnan rivers meet."

 

Then we take the road to the old hospital near Piazza S.Leonardo. Before returning to the Piazza Signori we adhere to the Loggia dei Cavalieri (Cavalier Loggia), one of the oldest secular buildings in the city.

 

Another route takes us to the main street Calmaggiore (most likely once romanesque Cardum), the noblest and most representative street of the city. The road is lined with stately mansions.

 

Finally we arrive at the Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square), worth seeing the Baptistery from the early Christian period (11th century) and the dome, a Romanesque building with a beautiful dome system. Inside of it the pre-Romanesque crypt (1100), the famous altarpiece Tizian and the frescoes deserve special attention.

 

Now we continue to the Diocesan Museum, not far from Piazza Pola: from here we meander through many charming streets to S. Nicolï Church, the most powerful and richest church in the city.

 

This building, built by the the Dominican Order in 1300, is divided into three naves, carries valuable frescoes and paintings. Adjacent to the church convent the chapter house with a cycle of frescoes by Tommaso da Modena is worth seeing.

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