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  • Cityscape Water world
  • City life Sailing to Byzantium

Venice's compact cousin has history, culture and gastronomic prowess to rival the City of Bridges, but it's a far more peaceful proposition.

Life in this picturesque part of Veneto is as slow-paced and leisurely as the water-buses that meander down the canals. Reflections of the city's stately architecture shimmer in the water: rustic red-brick houses with frescoed façades and banks of weeping willows, mediaeval porticos and crumbling ancient walls. This prosperous commune has made its mark with an international fashion brand, De'Longhi appliances, and Pinarello bicycles; we also have the Trevisani to thank for the world's best coffee-soaked indulgence: tiramisu.

Do go/Don’t go

Treviso is blessed with all-year charm, but the streets are at their liveliest in high season – avoid coming then if you want the sights to yourselves. The Trevisani are justifiably proud of their seasonal products and host festivals to welcome their return: time your visit to coincide with the start of the raddichio season for example (December–February), or the prosecco festival (February–June).

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies from London Stansted and Liverpool to Treviso's small international airport (TSF), which is 15 minutes from the city centre by car. (Hail a cab or jump on the number 6 bus to your hotel.) Alternatively, BA (www.britishairways.com) runs regular flights to Venice's Marco Polo Airport, 30km away (the train journey train to Treviso takes half an hour, and costs just a few euro).
  • Trains Treviso station (http://trenitalia.com) is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre, and has regular connections to Venice.
  • Automobiles The A27 connects Venice and Treviso; the journey takes around an hour. If you're coming from further afield, the E70 runs across the top of Italy, eventually passing through Turin and into Switzerland.
  • Taxis Flagging a cab on Treviso's largely pedestrianised streets can be challenging , so book pick-ups and transfers through your hotel's concierge or try a transport hub (the train station is a safe bet).