It was built in the XVI century for a community of fishermen coming from Burano (an island; part of Venice).
Every year, on the second half of june, a feast is held in this area; for a week end. It is called Festa dei Buranelli. These days you can taste some typical food, listen to music and enjoy some other venues.
Piazza dei Signori is the main square in Treviso. It is surrounded by some ancient palaces. Cal Maggiore; a beautiful porticoed street starts from there.
The main sights of this square are the Palazzo dei Trecento; built between 1200 and 1213 to house a meeting hall for the podestà (the Mayor) and the City Council. Adjoining this building you can see the Palazzo del Podestà. This was the Mayor and his family's residence.
In case you are searching for accommodation and Venice appears too expensive, there is a second choice: Mestre.
Anyway I'd add a third choice: it is TREVISO.
Treviso is less than three quarter of hours by train far from "Venezia S.L." train station, less expensive than Venice (more than Mestre...) and it could become your offbeat evening experience after a daylight spent in Venice.
Some ideas about Treviso:
Search for: "Treviso osterie" on Google Maps ("Sestìn", "Muscoli'S" are only two examples...)
Search for: "Treviso pizzerie" on Google Maps (Pizzeria "Da Fausta" is known to be one of the best in the town by local people)
"Vineria - Treviso Università" is my favourite (prices over average but you have high quality wines and food). Take a look on:
...and now a "must" in Treviso!
FIRST step: before dinner ALWAYS aperitif in a bar. We ALWAYS order SPRITZ ("Aperol", "Prosecco" white wine and soda).
SECOND step: when you'll sit in a restaurant, or pizzeria, order a chalice of "Prosecco", if possible the DOCG "Conegliano Valdobbiadene PROSECCO Superiore".
Take a look on: http://new.prosecco.it/en/
THIRD step: enjoy your travel and feel you WELCOME in my Country!
By Fabrizio, born and livin' in Treviso Province!
Favorite thing: On www.trevisoinfo.com you'll find lots fo info about this beautiful town. There you can find some history of Treviso; museums, accomodations and restaurants; events and more.
It was originally built in 1200. In the second half of the 1300 it was used as a guest house. Today it hosts many various art expositions and it is a centre for meetings.
Address: Via Palestro, 33-35.
Tel 0422-513 161.
The charm of Treviso is also given by its cobbled streets with porticos.
As the locals explain, the porticos allow them to walk in the town even when it rains without using the umbrella or getting wet.
And even one of the symbols of Treviso, Loggia dei Cavalieri, it is actually a square portico covered in wood.
In a certain way, the canals make Treviso very similar to Venezia.
The old walls and the canals formed around it by the rivers Sile and Cagnan, give Treviso the aspect of a fortress.
The river Sile is crossing Treviso from west to east, while Cagnan (called Botteniga until it arrives to Treviso) passes under the old Ponte Fra’ Giocondo.
Once passed the city walls, Cagnan splits in three directions: on the west Roggia and then Siletto, in the middle Cagnan de Mezo (or dei Buranelli, delle Beccherie or dell’Ospedale according to the area it passes through) and in the east Cagnan Grande or delle Pescheria.
Navigated today only by geese and swans, the canals are an important part of Treviso life.
Favorite thing: Canale dei Buranelli is the oldest and the most pitoresque part of Treviso. It looks very alike to Venice and its canals, except for gondolas which are missing here. The whole area is favourite pedestrian, for both locals and visitors, and is in particularly attractive under the night illumination. Not of less importance, this is very pieceful and safe area, even late in the nights.
Favorite thing: Riva Cagnan, along Canale Cagnan, is one of the oldest part of the town. Actually, it is a canal inside the old core of the town which starts at Porta Fra Gioccondo and ends at Ponte Dante. According to many, it is the most pitoresque part of Treviso where most of the old mills still can be seen.
The history of the town goes back into the Roman period when Treviso was Roman municipium. The town reached its greatest prosperity in the Middle Ages, it was the centre of a Lombard duchy, then the capital of a Carolingian marca and finaly, after 1389 the stronghold of the northwestern border of Venetian republic.
Fondest memory: The town is situated on two rivers, Sile and Botteniga. This is Via Roggia, probably the most beautiful street of Treviso. On the left side there are the houses with the porticoes, known as "androna tedesca", while on the right side it is a canal Roggia with small bridges and gardens.