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.
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).