Treviso - Monument to Senator Agostino Onigo
The Province of Treviso is still called by its ancient name “Marca,” a Medieval term used to indicate the borderlands that during the First World War were the backdrop for heroic events.
The area is marked by the waters of the Piave, Sile and Livenza Rivers, charming fluvial landscapes that intermingle with pretty hills and thriving fields that are dotted with elegant and stately homes.
The Capital - Treviso - is described by poets as a città cortese ("courteous city"), a calm and peaceful atmosphere that induced 18th-Century Venetian aristocrats to choose the Treviso area as their ideal vacation spot.
The Regional Natural Park of Sile strikes the eye as it moves along the entire length of the river, here traversing a variety of landscapes: humid and marshy areas close to the source, tortuous and rough parts nearer to Treviso, and lagoon landscapes near the estuary. The diversity of landscapes and ecosystems is the perfect habitat for a rich variety of avifauna and wonderful little natural oases, like that in Cervara. The mystic charm of the old villages and the intriguing traces of ancient times enchant visitors on a daily basis.
Finally, the northwestern section is characterized by various peaks that slowly transform into green hills, complete with vineyards and olive groves.
Amongst these is the Montello Peak, a mountain of glacial origins, wholly-covered with oak trees and custodian of a precious history both ancient and recent.
The heavily-wooded Altopiano (Plateau) del Consiglio is also known as “Bosco della Serenissima” (the Woods of the Most Serene Republic), given that it was the main source of wood for the building of the Venetian Repubic’s ships.
The northern Marca (where the Piave borders with the Province of Belluno) is wine country, defined by long stretches of vineyards and the highly-prized wineries of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
The landscape of the eastern area is characterized by large woods, water courses, vineyards and, without a doubt, a mesmerizing history.
Treviso is a tranquil oasis where a peaceful walk lets visitors admire the sober elegance that characterizes every corner of this charming “città cortese” (courteous city).
In the city center stands the Duomo, surrounded by its old defensive walls; it is a superb example of the complex stratification of architectonic styles. Such is due to the numerous restoration works implemented over the centuries. Borgo Cavour leads to the Luigi Bailo Civic Museum and its archaeological collection, an interesting art gallery with pieces by great Venetian artists, in addition to a Modern art collection.
The elegance of Treviso Province matches that of the city, with its villas constructed during the times of the Venetian Republic. Along the Terraglio River and towards Mestre lie numerous of these villas: Villa Fabrizi Franchetti, a Venetian-style aristocratic mansion surrounded by a wonderful park; Villa Taverna, with its beautiful Italian-style garden; Villa Trevisanato, within the green of a small wood and an example of the harmonious landscapes of architect Antonio Caregaro Negrin; and Villa Furlanis, based on a design by Palladio.
The past has left its mark all over the Province, and many cultural routes offer a journey into the past, through the places touched by World War I, the architecture of the Renaissance and Middle Ages, all the way back to relics from the period of Roman domination.
There is a reason why the small town of Asolo is defined as the “city of a hundred of landscapes."
Its surrounding landscape is a natural treasure trove of lush and flourishing plant life, a mosaic of centuries-old woods, and expansive vineyards and olive groves interspersed with monumental structures, e.b. the Fortress (Rocca) and the Castello della Regina Corsaro. Renaissance buildings dot the terrain as well, such as Villa Contarini degli Armeni; the Casa Longobarda (Asolo); Villa Rovero (San Zenone degli Ezzelini) and Villa di Maser, by Palladio, with the Tempietto.
Do not pass up a visit to Possagno, dominated by the majestic Temple that is dedicated to its most distinguished citizen, the great Canova; and by the Museo Canova Gipsoteca, an exhibit of the plaster casts of Canova's masterpieces.
Towards the southwest is Riese Pio X, with its wonderful Villa Zorzi Gradenigo Venier and the birth home of San Pio X. Not to be left out are the elegantly-understated Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and the Cathedral of Castelfranco Veneto, conserving an important work by Giorgione.
Near Vedelago stands one of the most beautiful buildings ever designed by Andrea Palladio, Villa Emo, with two barchesse (rural buildings), each of which are supported by eleven arches. Ca’ Corner della Regina - the 16th-Century residence of Caterina Cornaro - is most impressive, as is the Barchessa di Villa Pola Pomini. In Badoere, be sure to see the sprawling Piazza del Mercato, more commonly known as the Rotonda di Badoere; it features numerous arches set in semicircle.
Finally, Monte Grappa, Montello and Piave were the scenes of heroic battles that checked the advance of the Austro-Hungarian troops during the Great War. Visiting these places helps us to understand the drama and the suffering resulting from the First World War. The remains of many who fought are preserved in the British Cemetery, while the Italian and French war memorials keep their memories alive.
The northern Marca is famous predominantly for its wine production, while the Conegliano and Valdobbiane areas are home to flourishing vineyards growing Prosecco grapes. This magnificent landscape is ideal for its Wine Routes, itineraries filled with excellent wine tastings in the midsts of beautiful scenery. The Duomo of Conegliano, also the birthplace of Giambattista Cima (i.e. Cima da Conegliano), is well worth a visit.
Pure nature, from mountain peaks and hillsides to plains and rivers, is one of the Treviso Province's main allures for travelers.
The peaks of Grappa and Montello are an excellent departure point for air sports lovers ready to let go and go where the wind takes them: think hang-gliding or paragliding. Not to worry though - newbies can go to a specialized center and live such adventures with an experienced flying instructor.
Suitable climbing spots exist in multiple localities.
Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can explore these wonderful mountains by trekking, no matter the level.
Nordic walking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are just a few other ideas for exploring the mountains, having fun and benefitting from a bit of physical activity.
The Province of Treviso is actually a cyclist's paradise. Choose from an array of routes base on desired distance and difficulty level.
The various sagre or food fairs celebrated in the area valorize the area’s exquisite flavors. First of all, the renowned radicchio characterizes many first courses, and makes a pleasant side to meat courses. The most common is the red radicchio of Treviso, followed by the exquisite radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco, with its light color and characteristic flower shape. The excellent white asparagus of Sile and the tasty mushrooms of Montello are other of the area's delicious staples.
A rich tradition of dairy production also exists here: Montasio, Moesin, Bastardo del Grappa, Inbriago, and Morlacco are all flavors that will satisfy any palate.
The excellent cold cuts are realized by way of a time-tested treatment of local meats: Lengual, special pork sausage made with pork corned tongue; soppressa, eaten raw or grilled; and ossocollo, sliced and served as an appetizer.
Amongst the desserts are pinza, a cake with the rich aromas of age-old rustic tradition; Fregolotta, with almonds, butter and eggs; or the exquisite Tiramisù. And strong flavors deserve to be even further enhanced with a glass of Manzoni, Boschera, Torchiato, Malbech or Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene.
A glass of grappa or bitter liqueur, unadulterated or infused with herbs, is the best way to conclude this mix of unique and genuine flavors.
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