5 TRIPS IN TREVISO SURROUNDINGS NOT TO BE MISSED

trips in Treviso surroundings

5 trips in Treviso surroundings not to be missed

Straddling Sile and Piave river, between the lagoon margin and the watershed of the Belluno Prealps, lies Marca Trevigiana, a unique territory dotted with wonderful villages and masterpieces of nature. Not only does the capital enchant with its views and its history. Treviso surroundings contain real treasures, all to be discovered.

This is why in this article we have reported 5 trips in Treviso surroundings not to be missed.

SILE RIVER AND BURCI CEMETERY

Not far from the walls of Treviso, in Casier, in a bend of Sile river, there is a truly singular place, “Burci Cemetery”. A place that testifies to the importance that the Sile river had in the past, when it was a water resource, economic and busy communication route that connected the Treviso area and Venice.

“Burci Cemetery” is located within the Sile River Regional Natural Park. Among the reeds and sedge, there are the wrecks of burci, large flat-bottomed boats that were once used mainly for the transport of grain. From recent archaeological research it has emerged that between the years 1974-75 thirteen traditional transport boats were abandoned on the site, of which three certainly belonged to the shipowner Dante Bernardi.

In order to reach “Burci Cemetery” it is necessary to travel along “Restera”, in the past an indispensable infrastructure for dragging large boats sailing upstream from the shore. “Restera” derives, in fact, from “Resta”, a term that indicates the rope used to tow large boats thanks to the use of horses, oxen or even men.

The transport of goods and merchandise on Sile river is documented already in Roman times and various historical sources attest to the presence of large transport boats since the first half of the 13th century. Their use continued until the seventies of the last century.

Today, these sunken and silted relics of industrial archeology are preserved among lush vegetation, an ideal habitat for numerous species of birds and fish. The testimony of how much the history of this territory is linked to that of its waters.

QUINTO DI TREVISO MILLS

Sile river, due to its constant flow and sustained current, has always been the ideal place for the installation of mills. The first news regarding the presence of mills along its course dates back to the beginning of the 8th century and their increase was rapid so much so that in the 19th century, in the city of Treviso alone, there were still sixty-one.

Nowadays no mill uses the waters of the river anymore, but these buildings survive as examples of industrial archeology to remember the importance they had in the civil, economic and architectural history of the area. Some of these structures are still visible today in the ancient milling village of Quinto di Treviso.

In the center of the town, Bordignon, Favaro and Rachello mills, which remained active until a few years ago, bear witness to the impressive milling activity of Sile river. The city of Treviso was nicknamed “The Granary of the Republic”, precisely because much of the flour destined for Venice came from here.

An evocative route that winds through rural and aquatic landscapes and leads to the discovery of these “pieces of history” preserved among the sinuous bends of Sile river.

SILE RIVER SPRINGS

Another fascinating place in Treviso surroundings, which offers the possibility of taking pleasant walks, are Sile springs. This area is located between Casacorba di Vedelago and Torreselle di Piombino Dese, and is characterized by the presence of woods and peat bogs alternating with marshy areas. Here the water flows continuously, clear and silent, giving rise to the longest resurgence river in Italy. This area, like the entire course of the Sile river, also falls within the Regional Natural Park of the Sile River.

In the area of ​​the springs there is the so-called “Fontanasso dea Coa Longa”, one of the most significant survivors and among the most accredited as the source of Sile river, even if the whole area is interested in the phenomenon. The term in Venetian dialect “Fontanasso” indicates the point where the water flowing in the underground aquifer emerges on the surface and, from here, gives rise to the river.

This territory has considerable naturalistic value. In the various months of the year very interesting observations can be made, both regarding fauna and flora. In spring and summer, the vegetation is at its maximum splendor while during the winter months you can observe various species of birds which, migrating from northern Europe, stop in these protected areas of the Park.

A place characterized by great biodiversity and which allows you to enjoy unique natural beauty.

TARZO AND THE MURALS ROUTE

Pedemontana also holds real treasures. One of these is the small village of Tarzo where it is possible to undertake a fascinating journey through time thanks to the “Murals route”.

Among the picturesque streets of Tarzo, Fratta and Colmaggiore, looking up, you can see wonderful murals on the walls of the houses, painted over the years by various Venetian artists. These artworks represent, with a simple and direct language, popular traditions, history and local folklore: from the old crafts that have now disappeared, to the painful chapter of emigration, to the legendary figures protagonists of the yarn tales.

Near the “Murals route” you can admire an old farmhouse with yellow walls. It is one of the houses that belonged to the industrialist Marinotti, who in the past granted sharecropping to local farmers. They were characterized by a capital inserted into the front wall and by some decorative red bands.

Another place worthy of note is the ancient San Martino Church which, inside, preserves frescoes dating back to the 13th century. It is located in the hamlet of Fratta, a very characteristic village, with old buildings characterized by internal courtyards, wooden balconies and, sometimes, decorated with sacred-themed frescoes.

A fascinating journey through art, history, popular traditions and nature.

MONTELLO FOREST

Montello, a singular relief of red earth that rises in the Treviso plain, offers many opportunities for walking lovers. It is located south of the Piave river and, precisely this proximity, meant that in the past Montello was chosen as an ideal place for human settlements.

But it is above all during the dominion of the Serenissima that this relief took on considerable importance, when its forests, mainly oak, became a fundamental resource for Venice. In fact, through the work of the raftsmen, the wood was transported across Piave river directly to the lagoon city, where it was used for the construction of boats or buildings.

Montello forest thus became the jewel of the “Forests of the Serenissima”, so much so that very severe laws and penalties were envisaged to protect it.

Even today the forest dominates the landscape of Montello, crossed longitudinally by streets called “Prese”. The area is also characterized by karst phenomena and, for this reason, you can easily come across sinkholes and caves.

But Montello doesn’t just mean nature. During the Great War this relief found itself on the front line and, for this reason, was involved in the construction of military works necessary to hinder the advance of the Austro-Hungarian army. The signs of these tragic events are still visible today: we find, in fact, the Military Shrine in Nervesa della Battaglia, the monument dedicated to the aviator Francesco Baracca, the Roman Column, the nearby Observatory of King Vittorio Emanuele III and the cemetery for the English Fallen.

A place that, in addition to taking a walk in nature, allows you to discover the history of the area.

Are you ready to discover the Treviso surroundings step by step?

Always remember to bring sustainability in your suitcase, respect the environment and the community that hosts you!

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