Discovering the hidden gem of Treviso, Italy

On a recent trip back to the UK we flew to and from Treviso airport just outside of Venice. Treviso airport is a typically small airport serviced by low cost airlines which shuttles most tourists straight off to Venice city centre by bus. This is a shame as Treviso itself is a stunning city with a gorgeous old town which really deserves a visit.

40km away from the huge tourist crowds of Venice, Treviso offers a laid back city experience with beautiful red brick architecture, decent restaurants, shops and cheap accommodation. We stayed one night at Civico 26 which is a short drive from the city centre. The owner, Guido, was really enthusiastic and proud of his city. We weren’t planning going to go into the city and instead eat locally to the B&B, but he encouraged us to visit after telling us how beautiful Treviso centre is. He was right, of course.

We arrived into Treviso as the sun was setting and still had time to explore the many piazzas and cobbled streets. We are serious pizza lovers and always keen to munch on the local cuisine. We stumbled upon Pizzeria Da Fausta, a traditional pizza restaurant well known in Treviso. It has been making the best pizzas in the city since 1957 apparently! It was a no fuss, no frills restaurant with friendly staff and quick service. The restaurant was packed with locals so you know that’s a good sign that it’s tasty pizza. Two large pizzas and two large beers came to €25.

Being a fan of all Italian cuisine, we got some gorgeous gelato for dessert from Gelateria Calmaggiore. I had coconut and Nutellina, they were both delicious.

I love Italian cities for their bustling piazzas and pedestrianised centres. You can wander the narrow, cobbled alleyways perusing shop windows, then enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine al fresco with the locals at a cosy bar. In summer, the evenings are so relaxed with families, couples and all types of tourists enjoying the warm temperatures. Treviso is a great, charming city and I definitely recommend visiting it if you’re nearby.

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