Marca Trevigiana district, the Venice’s garden
Treviso is a unique combination of landscapes, art, history, natural beauty, hospitality and good food, able to enchant travelers and to remain in the heart of who walks through these sceneries, located a few kilometers from Venice.
All over this territory you can find signs of the Roman rule, with particularly noteworthy examples in the city of Oderzo, which now houses an interesting archaeological museum. Do not forget the Via Claudia Augusta, important street connection desired by the Emperor Claudius, in the first century A.D., who crossed the Treviso land from the south to the north.
If you are interested in discovering the secrets of prehistoric times, you can visit the Archaeological and Educational Park of Livelet that has been created on the shores of Revine Lakes, where visitors can experience the daily life of ancient men in a truly picturesque setting.
The history of the Treviso land is also inextricably linked to that of the Venetian Republic, which ruled in this land, and was especially interested in the Cansiglio forest, known as the “forest of the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia”, to take the wood for the construction of the powerful Venetian fleet that dominated the Mediterranean sea for centuries.
More recently, the top of the Mount Grappa, Montello and the sides of the Piave River were the setting of the heroic events of the First World War, the tragic conflict which ended up with the final battle in Vittorio Veneto. Today, tourists can visit military memorials on the Mount Grappa, Montello, Fagarè and other memorials in memory of those dramatic events.
The territory in this province, with its exciting views and its nature beauties, is certainly suitable for many sport activities you can practice here, such as cycling – and this activity is so popular that Treviso has earned the nickname of “most bike-friendly province in Italy” – but also hiking, golf, canoeing and paragliding.
In the western part of Treviso Province, between the foothills of the Mount Grappa and Castelfranco Veneto, there are some of the most excellent architectural works of the territory, for example Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago and Villa Barbaro in Maser, masterpieces by Andrea Palladio. These two structures perfectly represent the ideal of harmony between building and the countryside, among gardens, paths and farmlands, typical of the Venetian villa. One of the ‘pearls’ in the Venetian Region, that you can visit in the province of Treviso, is Asolo. This is the “city of hundred horizons” which was so loved by the British traveler Freya Stark, by the famous actress Eleonora Duse and by the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, who had her castle cut in this beautiful town, dominated by the imposing fortress. Near Asolo there is Possagno, the small town where the sculptor Antonio Canova was born, whose works can be appreciated in the gallery of plaster casts showing his drawings, sketches and plaster casts. Near the gallery, you can also see the beautiful Temple, designed by Canova, but completed after his death. In San Vito di Altivole there is another great masterpiece of the history of architecture: the innovative and evocative Brion Tomb, where Mr. Giuseppe Brion was buried; it was designed by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, who was one of the most prominent personalities in the arts scene of the Twentieth Century. Treviso is the chief town of this province, also called the Marca Trevigiana, in the city centre you can admire the suggestive channels where the Sile River runs quietly, among marvellous frescoed houses, ancient monuments and arcades.
Thanks to its charming historic centre, Treviso is one of the walled cities of the province which are worth visiting, like Castelfranco Veneto – in whose cathedral you can see the altarpiece ‘Madonna on throne’ by Giorgione – Vittorio Veneto and Oderzo. Portobuffolé is another of the ‘jewels’ of the Treviso area, the small town where the famous poetess Gaia da Camino lived.
Other fortified places, the castles and defensive towers that arise throughout the province show the history of the Medieval and Renaissance Period: an example is the Castle of Conegliano, a town which is especially known for its excellent cuisine and local vintage wines.
The ancient abbeys in Vidor, Monastier and Follina also represent precious and beautiful examples of historical buildings.
The culinary excellence of the territory deserves a special note.
Telling about Treviso area, we have to mention the famous Prosecco wine – which today is one of the most popularly demanded Italian wines in the world – or the precious Radicchio Rosso di Treviso (red chicory) and Radicchio di Castelfranco.
We should also mention the full-bodied red wines from the zone along the Piave, such as Raboso del Piave – Malanotte DOCG, the wines produced in the area around Asolo and Montello, the creamy cheese called Casatella, then the ‘formajo imbriago’, sparrow-grasses, sausages, cherries, chestnuts, mushrooms and sweets such as the delicious Tiramisù cake.
All this and more make the Province of Treviso the home of the good eating and better living.
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Province of Treviso, the Venice’s garden
The Marca Trevigiana is a land rich in art, history and culture
The Province of Treviso is as hospitable as genuine, as for the flavors and the warmth of its people. The careful and tactful welcome will not disappoint you.
Let’s treat yourself to a nice stay in the Province of Treviso, tasting the local good cuisine and the excellent DOC and DOCG wines, typical products with IGP and DOP denomination, like sparrow-grass, red chicory and shepherd cheese. This province, called the Marca Trevigiana, cannot be described in few words. Every town with its walls, the medieval villages and historical palaces tell their own history.
Treviso can really be compared to an amphitheatre, where the province is on the stage and all around there are the Prealps, the Dolomites, Venice, the beaches of Jesolo and Caorle and much more.
The areas of the Province
– The south-western area of the Marca Trevigiana
– Montello. Asolo and the Hills
– The northern area of the Marca Trevigiana
– The plain between the Piave and Livenza Rivers
– Plain and borders with Venice
Treviso is also known as ‘la città dipinta’, that is the ‘painted town’, because of the façades of the frescoed palaces. The town is lulled by the resurgence waters of the Sile River, navigable until Venice.
….AND THE PLAIN
Regular farms, orthogonal streets, routes outlined in detail: these still visible elements represent the traces of the old Roman centuriation of Altino, to the south of Treviso. The towns such as Mogliano and Preganziol still retain the old centurial structures, related to agriculture since the ancient time. This area is characterized by the presence of many villas and magnificient residences of the seventeenth century, that belonged to the rich Venetian noble families, and were built along the Sile River and Terraglio, two strategic trade routes. The mainly agricultural setting of this territory remained unchanged until the time of Austrian domination, with the construction of the railway network that clearly changed the structure of the urban network.
– The south-western area of the Marca Trevigiana
This area is crossed by the Musone River and the northward course of Sile River , it is surrounded by the middle course of the Brenta River and by the right side of the Piave River, and it is situated to the south of the hills of Asolo and the Montello. The origins of the south-western area of the Marca Trevigiana date back to the time of the ancient Roman centuriation, this area still retains the traces of medieval fortificated towns, of the noble villas and the railway network after the unification. Many religious buildings and rich noble villas in this area represent precious traces of the past centuries. Villa Lattes in Istrana, Palazzo Ravagnini in Fossalunga, Barcon in Vedelago, Ca’ Amata in Salvarosa, Villa Emo in Fanzolo still remind us of great men, such as Andrea Palladio, Giorgio Massari, Alessandro Vittoria and the noble families of the eighteenth century.
A ‘pearl’ of this territory is Castelfranco Veneto, thanks to its ancient defensive walls, the famous Academy Theatre, the English park, and also for being the birthplace of Giorgione, which still keeps his house and the famous altarpiece inside the cathedral.
– Montello. Asolo and the Hills
ASOLO, MONTELLO AND THE MOUNT GRAPPA
You can recognize this town, clung to the hill, by its millenary fortress that dominates the entire town. It was loved by Eleonora Duse, who was buried here. In Maser and in Vedelago you can also visit two famous Palladian villas, Barbaro and Villa Emo Capodilista. It is impossible to mention them all, anyway, the most important villas are more than forty. In Possagno, the birthplace of Canova, you can see the temple and the plaster casts.
The North-East is famous for the hills of ‘Prosecco’ vineyards, at the foot of the Alps.
Then, a great plain crossed by an ancient Roman road, the Postumia, in the north-western Marca, bounded by the hills of Asolo, Montello, the Piave River and the Mount Grappa. The two towns of Roman origins still represent the most important centers of the area: Asolo and Montebelluna, surrounded by a series of small towns founded during the Middle Ages as military garrisons. Do not forget to visit the villas of the fifteenth century, seventeenth and eighteenth century, that were built in a place of particular beauty from the environmental point of view, such as Villa Loredan, along the street Castellana, and the Villa Barbaro in Maser. In the territory around the Montello and the Mount Grappa, you can still find the traces of the First World War, that is cemeteries, city museums and the imposing military memorial.
– The northern area of the Marca Trevigiana
Valdobbiadene and Conegliano are famous for their delicious white wines, Prosecco and Cartizze. Here is a list of some of the many interesting places to visit and admire: the Castle of Conegliano and its medieval centre, the Abbey of Follina, the Cansiglio Forest, the caves Caglieron, the watermill Molinetto della Croda, Collalto castle and other castles, Ceneda and Serravalle in Vittorio Veneto, the Valley, the ‘Castelbrando’ castle and the Revine lakes.
Among the pre-Alps, the valley Valmareno and the Cansiglio upland, there is one of the largest and better preserved forests that exist in Italy. It owes its richness to the historical wine route of Prosecco. The northern area of the Marca Trevigiana has ancient origins that go back to the Paleovenetian civilization. In the valley Valmareno, Romans created a centuriation, then the Franks came here during the Middle Ages, after that there was the period of the bishops-counts and then the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
Nowadays, there is still a street that goes back to the period of the Venetian rule, it connected the Venetian lagoon with the Austrian Dolomites. Now, this street is called Pontebbana until the area near Conegliano, but northward it still keeps the original name of the nineteenth century ‘Via d’Alemagna’.
This zone is characterized by the presence of military garrisons, walled towns, fortified villages, many churches and noble buildings. The towns in this area are Vittorio Veneto and Conegliano, famous for being the birthplace of the painter Giovanni Battista Cima. Today, the richness of the northern area of the Marca Trevigiana is due to the vine growing and the production of Prosecco wine.
–The plain between the Piave and Livenza Rivers
The east of the Marca Trevigiana is located between the rivers Piave and Livenza. These were the main trade routes, besides the two ancient Roman streets Postumia and Annia.
Owing to the conformation of this territory, the urban centers were created between waterways and crossroads, such as Motta di Livenza and Portobuffole’. Nowadays, the territory still has its ancient aspect, characterized by villages that often developed near a church or a votive chapel. Over the years, the environmental area created a typical river landscape, as in the case of the bed of Piave River, made up of gravel.
The Province of Treviso is located in the north-eastern part of Italy, in the Veneto Region, just a few kilometers far from Venice. It is easily reachable and you can come here in different ways (by plane, by car, by train, by bus or by motorhome).
Treviso Canova Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport
HOW TO GET HERE FROM ANTONIO CANOVA AIRPORT
Treviso Canova Airport (www.trevisoairport.it) is just a few kilometres far from the centre of Treviso (around 10 minutes by car).
There are very good bus and taxi connections with the city center. Every twenty minutes, you can take a bus going to the Treviso railway station, or to the main square “Piazza Duomo” in the historic center.
There is a bus approximately every 20-30 minutes. They run from around 6.00 am to 9.00 pm from Monday to Saturday and from around 7.30 am to 9.30 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Tickets cost around €1.20, if you buy them before boarding (they are also available in the airport) or € 2.50 if you buy them directly from the driver. A taxi journey (tel. 0422 431515) from the airport to Treviso city centre for passengers with luggage costs € 15.00. It is also possible to hire a car with a driver.
Here you can find a list of some useful phone numbers for people wishing to hire a car:
A.T.V.O. +39 0421 5944
Auto Europa +39 041 5416638
Maggiore +39 0422 210115
Avis +39 0422 433351
Europcar +39 0422 262091
Hertz +39 0422 264216
GETTING HERE BY CAR
If you decide to come here by car, you can take the following motorways:
– A27 Venice-Belluno, you can take these exits, coming from Venice: “Mogliano Veneto”, “Treviso Nord”, “Treviso Sud” (if you want to arrive at Treviso city), “Conegliano”, “Vittorio Veneto Nord”, “Vittorio Veneto Sud”.
– A4 Turin-Trieste: if you take this highway, take “Cessalto” exit and then follow the signs to Treviso center.
GETTING HERE BY TRAIN
Padua-Calalzo di Cadore,
Conegliano-Ponte delle Alpi.
The railway station of Treviso is located on the square “Piazzale Duca D’Aosta”, to the south of Treviso’s historic center (Trenitalia Call Center: tel. 892021 – 848888088). These are the main railway connections:
Venice-Udine-Trieste (for Treviso and Conegliano)
Vicenza-Portogruaro (for Castelfranco Veneto and Treviso)
Padua-Calalzo di Cadore (for Castelfranco Veneto and Montebelluna)
Venice-Bassano-Trento (for Castelfranco Veneto)
Conegliano-Ponte delle Alpi
TOURING BY BUS
If you want to go from Treviso to the towns nearby, you can use the buses of the public transport. The buses normally run from around 6.00 am until no later than 9.00 pm (see www.actt.it). You can buy tickets at the ACTT ticket office, opposite the railway station (opening times on working days: 7.00 am – 7.00 pm) or from authorized retailers such as tobacconists and bars. For any further information about the public transport, you can see this website: http://trasporti.provincia.treviso.it.
TRAVELLING BY CAMPER
There are a large number of areas in the Province of Treviso where you can safely stay in your camper. The local tourist offices will be able to provide you with an list of suitable areas. There are three types: equipped areas, stopover points and camper service areas.
The presence of this airport, represents a very important factor for economic and tourist activities in this area. It is an airport for low cost companies near the International Venice Airport.
The Airport of Treviso is 10 minutes far from the historic centre of Treviso City and 30 minutes far from the International Venice Airport Marco Polo. Thanks to the collaboration between the companies Save and Aer Tre, Canova Treviso Airport is the secondary airport of Venice Airport, where the flights of the main international low cost airlines and charter flights arrive.
The low cost companies that operate from Treviso Airport are: Ryanair – Belleair – Transavia – Wizz Air – Germanwings – Skytrain – Benair (private flight company)
The main destinations are the following: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Marocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Ucraina.
Tour operators: Alpitour – Karambola Viaggi – Bravo Club – Francorosso – Teorema – Volando
Address: Canova Airport of Treviso (Aeroporto Canova di Treviso), Via Noalese, 63 – I – 31100 Treviso (TV) – www.trevisoairport.it
Transport Services from/to Treviso Airport
By Train: The airport is connected to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus services.
– Bus connections from the Treviso railway station to the airport (and viceversa)
Line 6: connects the Treviso railway station to Treviso airport in about 15-20 minutes.
ACTT AIR TERMINAL
– Bus connections from the Mestre-Venice railway station to the airport (and viceversa)
ATVO EUROBUS SERVICE
By Bus from Canova Airport to the Main Destinations:
– To reach Treviso city center from Canova Airport, and viceversa, take: line 6 ACTT
– To reach Venice from the Canova Airport, and viceversa, take: line ATVO
– Treviso Airport/Mestre ff.ss./Venezia piazzale Roma :
BARZI SERVICE SRL
Desk opening hours : 07.30 – 22.00
Airport desk tel.: +39.348.8367185
Seat tel.: +39.0422.686083
By Taxi: If you prefer, you can also use a taxi: www.taxitreviso.it
By Car: If you would like to rent a car, you can find the offices of car hire companies inside the air terminal.
Translation by Dr. Chiara Botteon – Translator & Tour Guide
traduzione offerta dalla dott.ssa Chiara Botteon
Traduttore & Accompagnatore Turistico
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