When you enter the municipality of Treviso you can see a sign that reads “if you see it, you will love it”… and that’s nothing but the truth! Many of Veneto’s most beautiful towns are found in the surroundings of Treviso: Conegliano, Castelfranco, Cison di Valmarino, Montebelluna to name a few, and of course Treviso itself is a very picturesque city. The medieval heritage of the municipality is almost intact, that’s why the area is still called “Marca Trevigiana”, although it was never really controlled by any marquis. Villages and bigger towns alike in the Marca Trevigiana seem like places frozen in time. Let’s go discover something more!
Wonderful Venetian buildings in the uncontaminated nature
In the northern part of the province of Treviso lies a settlement famous as one of Italy’s most beautiful towns: Cison di Valmarino. The town developed from a fortification from the XII century and retains the looks of a medieval town. Cison has a beautiful castle known as Castelbrando, and is crossed by the famous “vie dell’Acqua”, made of canals, and rivers. Just outside Cison di Valmarino, along the Valmarena valley, there are two small lakes, Lake of Lago and the Santa Maria lake: the natural sites are wonderful in the towns as well as in the countryside. In the garden of villa Brandolini, for example, you can find an ancient and huge plane tree which is included in the list of Italian monumental trees, while just outside the town, the green valleys of the Prosecco and the Rujo stream make a wonderful atmosphere for you to enjoy and discover!
Food & Wine tourism and sustainable tourism
Many IGP and DOCG products are produced throughout the province of Treviso, starting from Prosecco all the way to artichokes, sallads, chestnuts… In particular, the area of Cison di Valmarino is famous for the production of Follina’s cold cuts. There is a traditional salumificio where you can enjoy the typical cold cuts of the local tradition as well as local wines, of course! The visit to the salumificio is a great chance to visit the area and perhaps extend the journey to Asolo, a fascinating town between Treviso and Bassano del Grappa which makes for the ideal starting point for a walk in the nature with your friends or family.
The Craftmanship Fair of Cison di Valmarino
Every year, Cison di Valmarino becomes a stop for people who love antique items and ancient professions. In August, Cison di Valmarino hosts Artigianato Vivo, a fair about traditional handicrafts with dozens of master artisans exhibiting their skills in the creation of wonderful artifacts. The fair is now at its 37th edition and became popular nationally, with moments of high entertainment, concerts, historical commemorations, exhibitions and of course food and wine. The fair is greatly organized and it’s a must for those who like dive into the culture and traditions of the Marca Trevigiana.