Things to do in Treviso

Things to do in  Treviso

Into the prosecco hills

Overshadowed by nearby Venice, Treviso offers a similar canal-crossed medieval center without the crowds of its famous neighbor. The city is a peaceful base for forays into Venice (just a 30-minute train ride away) and wine-tasting excursions through the Prosecco hills, plus its cobbled streets are lined with enough historic churches, excellent museums, and the giggle-inducing Fontana delle Tette—the translation of which is, ahem, NSFW—to fill a day of sightseeing, especially when paired with a cooking class dedicated to Treviso’s most famous dish: tiramisù.

Top 2 attractions in Treviso

Prosecco Hills

Prosecco has become one of the world’s most popular wines, and fans of this crisp bubbly will enjoy visiting the scenic hills just north of Venice where it has been produced from the glera grape for a millennium. Stop in a winery for a tasting and tour, and visit the pretty towns of Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, and Asolo.More

Villa Barbaro (Villa di Maser)

Villa Barbaro (often known as Villa di Maser), masterpiece of 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, is one of the most striking of Veneto’s UNESCO-listed Palladian villas. This group of elegant patrician residences are scattered in the hills between Vicenza and Treviso, and make for a fascinating day trip from Venice.More
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All about Treviso


A local’s pocket guide to Treviso

Rebecca Winke

When the crowds in Venice are too much, Italy-based writer Rebecca escapes to nearby Treviso for a heaping helping of authentic tiramisu.

The first thing you should do in Treviso is...

rent a bike. The wide, flat streets of Treviso’s old town are a cyclist’s paradise, and most locals go about their daily business on two wheels.

A perfect Saturday in Treviso...

kicks off at the weekly outdoor market near Porta San Tomaso, then segues into intense people-watching from the cafès in Piazza dei Signori. A scenic drive through the Prosecco hills and wine tasting cap off the day.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the canals. Treviso has been touted as the “little Venice,” which may be a stretch, but the old town does have a clutch of pretty canals that make for a delightful stroll.

To discover the "real" Treviso...

make a beeline to Stadio Monigo, where the city’s top-ranked rugby team regularly takes on clubs from the UK and Europe against the backdrop of enthusiastic local fans.

For the best view of the city...

walk along the porticoes that line the Buranelli Canal for Insta-ready views of the Renaissance palaces, wrought-iron bridges, and elegant arcades.

One thing people get wrong...

is spending their entire time in the Veneto region exploring Venice. Treviso is one of many delightful small art cities within striking distance of the Floating City that are worth a visit.


People Also Ask

What is Treviso, Italy known for?

Treviso is known primarily for its prosecco. The UNESCO-listed hills just north of the city are famous for their prosecco production, and there’s a dedicated wine route that links the Province of Trieste to the official prosecco capital, Valdobbiadene. The city is also the birthplace of the Italian dessert tiramisu.

Is Treviso worth visiting?

Yes, Treviso is worth visiting. Often called “little Venice,” the city has lovely canals and romantic architecture—but without the crowds of tourists its neighbor attracts. It’s also easily accessible; it has an airport and a train station, and the city center is compact and walkable.

Why should I visit Treviso?

Visit Treviso to experience an off-the-radar Italian city with famously friendly locals and great food. Treviso is also a good place to go shopping; the city offers a mix of high-end and mainstream shops to suit most fashionistas and is also the birthplace of the Benetton brand.

Does Treviso have canals?

The city is crisscrossed by canals and by the Cagnan and Sile rivers; combined, these waterways give Treviso lots of appealing waterfront space. The canals near the city’s center (especially the Canale dei Buranelli) are the most picturesque spots, boasting pretty iron bridges that link Renaissance palazzi.

Is Treviso a nice city?

Absolutely. If you talk about Treviso with Italians, you’ll often hear the phrase “che bella città” (“what a beautiful city”). It’s a lovely city by anybody’s standards, with a mix of historic sights and understated charm that satisfies international tourists, Italian visitors, and locals alike.

Is Treviso better than Venice?

The two Veneto-region cities both have canals, but that’s where the comparisons end—neither city is better or worse than the other. Venice has the splendor of the Grand Canal, but it also has crowds. Treviso lacks knockout sights like St. Mark’s Square, but it’s also free of huge groups of tourists.

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