You may or may not know that Treviso gave the world Prosecco. Other than that, this Veneto jewel really doesn’t get the exposure or the love that it deserves. This is a city with a distinct appearance due to its heritage as a northern stronghold of the Goths, then a Venetian possession - it has some truly evocative architecture. It is also blessed with some of the best food in northern Italy. Definitely, a city to put on your list.
Where to go
View the stunning Byzantine frescos in the church of San Francesco (and the tomb of Dante’s son). Go shopping for fashions, with Benetton and Diesel hosting huge outlets nearby. Drink coffee and watch the evening crowds on the Piazza dei Signori. Take stunning pictures off the Ponte di Pria. Stroll through the gorgeous municipal gardens laid out in the 19th century. Hike the Oasi Cevera.
Food & Drink
Treviso specialties include grilled red meat, hearty thick risottos, baked goose and, funnily enough, snails. Think rich, hearty fare with lots of butter and cream. To eat well in Treviso, we recommend Antica Osteria Carraresi (Via Palestro 12) for delicious, huge portions. Toni del Spin (Via Inferiore 7) is more refined but no less delicious in its cooking.
Treviso can be a party town, as this region of Italy produces more wine than any other. Make sure you try a Spritz al bitters - white wine, Campari and soda. Great bars include Mamamia (Porta San Tomaso), open until 2am, and Cantinetta Venegazzu (Piazza Ancilloto 3), a local favourite.
Where to stay
Our pick for Treviso is Ca Marcello
, an exquisite 16th-century villa owned by Count Vettor Marcello, a Venetian noble. He has opened the luxurious Barchessa Suite for up to eight guests, with beautiful gardens for barbecues, parties and children’s play. A real treat. How to get there
Venice Marco Polo Airport is 20 minutes away from Treviso. Ryanair, Easyjet, FlyBe and British Airways fly there direct daily.