A beautiful walking tour of Treviso, Italy

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Old building in TrevisoTreviso is a city in the region of Veneto in Northern Italy. Because Treviso is so close to Venice it gets bypassed by tourists because Venice is such a hot tourist attraction. This makes Treviso a quiet town to visit with plenty of historical buildings and attractions. We definitely enjoyed walking through its narrow streets and admiring the many old buildings scattered all over the town. Come along with me on a walking tour of Treviso.

Treviso is surprising! It boasts a long history, a large university and it is also an important industrial city. All this makes Treviso a worthwhile tourist attraction…if you have have extra time in the Venice area. With our list of attractions and a map in hand, let’s start our walking tour of Treviso.

What to expect when visiting Treviso?

If I could summarize our walking tour of Treviso in one word, it would be: surprise. We came here in the middle of the summer and it was hot. My wife had some trouble with her stomach and was not feeling too well, so we decided to take it easier and go to Treviso which was closer to the Venice area where we were staying.

We assumed there is not much to see here and that we would be able to get back quicker for her to rest. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we found plenty of tourist attractions in Treviso.

In addition, even though it is close to Venice, Treviso is not a very popular tourist attraction which made the whole town not be crowded at all. Overall, Treviso gave us a great feeling of surprise and relaxation.

Beautiful view of the river Sile running through one of the many canals in Treviso.
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1. Piazza dei Signori

Once we parked our rental car in Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore we started our walking tour of Treviso on Via Carlo Alberto towards Piazza dei Signori and Palazzo dei Trecento which is pretty much the center of the old town.

Old buildings and cafes near Palazzo dei Trecento
Old buildings and restaurants near Palazzo dei Trecento
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We enjoyed the narrow streets and bridges and we finally made it. Walking through the streets was enjoyable because the city was pretty clean and definitely not crowded at all.

Treviso City Hall building (Prefettura) near Palazzo dei Trecento.
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Piazza dei Signori also houses the headquarters of the world famous company Benetton.

2. Piazza del Duomo

After admiring the old buildings and the new Benetton headquarter building we continued our walking tour of Treviso on Via Calmaggiore down towards the large Battistero di San Giovanni building in Piazza del Duomo.

The Church of Saint John the Baptist build in the 13th century. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battistero.
The Church of Saint John the Baptist build in the 13th century. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battistero.
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The church of San Giovanni Battista is an important example of Romanesque architecture in Treviso. Consecrated to Saint John the Baptist, the building is located north of the cathedral; overlooks Piazza del Duomo and is bordered by Via Calmaggiore.

Treviso, Italy - Piazza del Duomo and the Dome in Treviso.
Piazza del Duomo and the Dome in Treviso
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Il Duomo of Treviso dates back to the early Christian age (6th century) and was built in a central area of ​​the city. Between the eleventh and twelfth centuries the area assumed its current structure and the cathedral itself was modified according to the Romanesque style (of this period is the crypt). There are two chapels inside the church.
The chapel of the Santissimo (XVI century) houses the tomb of the bishop Niccolò Franco (XV century).
The chapel of the Malchiostro dates back to 1520 and contains a famous Annunciation by Titian.

3. Old Wall

The Ancient Wall (Il Muro) are the remains of the old medieval wall that used to protect the old fortress. There are several old gates still standing that are worth seeing.

Is it worth visiting Treviso?

If you haven’t visited Venice and the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano, then don’t visit Treviso. However, if you have a few extra days in the Venice area, then Treviso will be a nice day trip from Venice.
So, is it worth visiting this city? It is definitely not a first tourist destination especially being in the Venice area, but it has its own appeal that will leave you surprised. This walking tour of Treviso is part of my 1 week tour of Northern Italy.

    1. Series:

1 week in Northern Italy


  1. Walking tour of Milan
  2. Charming walking tour of Verona
  3. Venice Main Island walking tour
  4. Walking tour of Murano Island
  5. A colorful walking tour of Burano Island
  6. In the Dolomites at Barcis
  7. A surprising walking tour of Treviso
  8. In-depth walking tour of Padua
  9. Short tour of quaint Soave
  10. In-depth walking tour of Sirmione
  11. In-depth walking tour of Genoa
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