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Water characterizes Treviso intersected by the Sile River, which penetrates the intricate medieval urban web with its canals. 


Enclosed by the sixteenth-century town walls, the picturesque porticoed houses (from 1400-1500) almost fully preserve the late Gothic and Renaissance outer frescoes (250 painted fa├žades, unique in Italy). But Treviso is also the provincial capital of a wealthy province, which alone includes ten fascinating historic and art centers.



The city flourished during the Middle Ages, when it minted its own coinage. After annexation by Venice in 1389 it assumed strategic importance as the guardian of the Republic's northwestern frontier. The city walls date from the period of Venetian domination. A single bombing raid in 1944 destroyed almost half of the city, but much has been restored, and what now remains is a charming town of balconied houses and porticoed streets criss-crossed by picturesque canals.  Treviso is known by two other names, Citta' d'acqua (City of Water), derived from the numerous canals that loop through town, offshoots of the rivers Sile and Botteniga, and Citta' Dipinta (Painted City), derived from the frescoed facades of Treviso's buildings. Despite comparisons with Venice, the lovely fortified city of Treviso has its own very distinctive character. Another aspect of Treviso's image, however, is fashion. The birthplace of Benetton, you can window shop at glitzy storefronts.


An attractive location