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Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso

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Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso

One of the most famous places of the city of Treviso is the so-called Casa dei Carraresi, which takes its name from the noble family of Lombard origin that ruled the cities of Padua and Treviso during the fourteenth century.

In fact, the name is linked solely to the presence of the emblem of the Da Carrara family on the facade, since the documentary sources tell a totally different story.

A 1375 document talks about the ‘Osteria alla Croce' and calls it a stopping place for those seeking rest and relaxation in the city of Treviso, especially for 'merchants and travellers from Germany crossing the Cadore area and those from Austria and Hungary crossing Friuli'. The Osteria was so well known that the whole district was called 'della Croce'.

At the end of the 1300s its owner was Giovanni Berton, who was also the owner of the adjacent building now called Ca' Brittoni: the Berton family was originally from Marseille, and therefore the name is the result of the distorted geographical knowledge of Treviso inhabitants who placed Marseille in the French region of Britain. The tavern became a meeting point for people from all over Italy and Europe.

Currently, as a result of substantial restoration work, Casa dei Carraresi has become one of the most important cultural centres of the city and has spontaneously taken on the role once attributed to ‘Osteria alla Croce’: that of an important knowledge reference point for 'foreigners' arriving in Treviso.

In particular, in recent years it has started to host internationally renowned exhibitions... If you are in Treviso to visit one of these shows, you could take the opportunity to discover the beautiful historic city centre of Treviso with a charming private guided tour of Treviso.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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