When worlds collide: Treviso mixes old style with the modern to create unique artistic city

Visitors to Treviso may feel like they’re in a maze because streets often look alike. Fortunately there are plenty of landmarks to keep visitors orientated  such as this statue near Palazzo dei Signori. (Photo by Senior Airman Colleen Wieman)

Visitors to Treviso may feel like they’re in a maze because streets often look alike. Fortunately there are plenty of landmarks to keep visitors orientated such as this statue near Palazzo dei Signori. (Photo by Senior Airman Colleen Wieman)

Aviano Air Base, Italy -- When most people hear the name Treviso they think of the airport or a quick train stop along the way to their final destination. Treviso is more than a place to help get travelers from here to there, it holds a lively city within.

Treviso has an artistic flair with the old world interspersed with the new. Cobblestoned streets and gothic and rennaissance era buildings surround the visitor while myriad shops, mainly selling Italian apparel and other nice things, are everywhere. It can be easy to get lost in this historic city center.

Luckily there are plenty of artistic landmarks such as old monuments celebrating someone in Treviso's history and modern art ranging from huge red dogs to what appears to be a large ball of wire with birds.

In almost every square, markets are held with vendors selling almost everything from paintings created by local artisans to regional food. Currently, there are also a few vendors selling holiday goodies.

Almost all of Treviso is pay parking, and available parking spaces can sometimes be far from the city's key sites. Walking through Treviso can also be tiring. The uneven and various terrain of the city's streets can begin to hurt some travelers' feet. It's best to wear very comfortable and sturdy shoes.

For those who are weary, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy Treviso on the city's riverwalk. Along the river, which runs through the center of the city, there are benches and a few parks for visitors to relax and watch aquatic life or take a romantic stroll.

For the more culturally-centered visitor, Treviso has plenty of art museums and most cathedrals that boast beautiful frescoes.

Treviso is more than an hour's drive from the Aviano area, but it is well worth the trip. The city has a modern attitude with a historic personality that can delight almost all tastes.

For more information on Treviso, visit. www.trevisoinfo.com. The site is in English.