Treviso, Asolo and Conegliano
The beauty of nature, the elegance of art.
Treviso and the “Joyful March” represent an unforgettable corner of the Veneto, an enchanting experience of the harmonious countryside and elegant civic architecture encountered here: a journey through rolling hills, exotic tastes and immortal monuments at the confines of the Veneto plain.
The first thing which strikes the visitor to Treviso is the omnipresent equilibrium of the city, with the calm flowing of its waters, and the procession of ancient palazzi and weeping willows reflected on the shimmering emerald surface of its canals.
The city, demarcated by the rivers Sile and Cagnan, offers in a certain sense the “ideal stroll” through the cultural values of the region, a long way from the concept of mass tourism yet at the same time providing numerous marvels of nature and art: a tranquil and stress-free approach to the riches of the region.
Our tour begins along the main street, Calmaggiore, which contains many structures from the Medieval and Renaissance epochs.
This leads us to Piazza dei Signori, a space outside time which is Treviso’s most loved public face and where we find the symbol of the historical centre of the town: the Romantic Palazzo dei Trecento.
Also to be seen are the Casa dei Carraresi and the Loggia dei Cavalieri, the Duomo and the Malchiostro chapel, and the churches of S. Vito and S. Lucia, S. Francesco and S. Niccolò.
We round off the tour at the Museo Civico 'Luigi Bailo' where we can admire masterpieces by G. Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian and J. Bassano.
A tour of the “Joyful and Harmonious March”, and after a day spent in the hills at the foot of the Dolomites, where Asolo lies, offering a sumptuous emotional reward. Natural panoramas go hand in hand with the artistic visions of Giorgione who centuries ago immortalised this countryside with his dreamlike curtains enveloping the real landscapes.
Our visit to Asolo passes through the Piazza Maggiore with its Renaissance fountain, the Loggia del Capitano which houses the Museo Civico, and the ancient Duomo, built over Roman ruins: its inside houses works by Lorenzo Lotto and Jacopo Bassano.
The fortress dates back to the period of Ezzelini rule and was restored at the end of the last century; it offers a fascinating walk through the surrounding hills.
Moving on to Borgo Castello we can observe the best of the Medieval period, while Borgo S. Caterina we can visit the house of the actress Eleonora Duse, where she spent the last years of her life.
We round off our tour with the Palladian Villa Barbaro at Maser.
Continuing our journey through nature and art we arrive at Conegliano, situated along a green rise where the esteemed grapes are cultivated for the renowned Prosecco wine.
The cultural visitor to this historic city is drawn to the main street Via XX Settembre, moving among the porticoes and ancient palazzi with their Gothic-venetian frescoes.
The greatest artwork is surely the alterpiece of the “Madonna with Child and Saints” (1493) of Cima da Conegliano in the Duomo, and opposite this lies the Scuola dei Battuti, which takes its name from the practise of self-flagellation among the brotherhood (battere = to beat).
We also pay a visit to the Casa di Cima and the Gardens of the Castelvecchio, where the Museum of Local history is found, and the fortress and its fascinating ruins, witnesses to its remote past.
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