by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
October 2, 2000
The Pallazzo dei Trecento (Palace of the three hundred) is the only surviving palace of the old comune. Adjacent, one finds the Palazzo del Podesta, Monte di Pieta and the Torre Civica (Civic Tower)looms overall. The Monti di Pieta contains walls of gilt leather with painted beamed ceilings.
As you continue along the Piazza, you will see a detached fresco of the 'Madonna della Carceri' on the site of the old prison near the Church of Santa Lucia.
Italian legend tells us that the size and opulence of a towns' Duomo reflects directly upon the sins of the citizenry, since many felt that one could attone for their sins, by 'paying for their sins.' This being the case, Treviso must have had a very sordid past!
The elegant main street leads to the square of the Venetian Romanesque Duomo, with its cluster of domes and the adjacent baptistry. The renaissance tombs of departed bishops and abbots amid the magnificant art, frescoes and marble reliefs offer a glimpse of the wealth of Treviso is the 1200's.
Weary after our walk, we sit on the steps of the Church of Santa Lucia amid the locals waiting at the bus stop. We watch as a flower vendor parks his truck near the foot of the stairs and local women rush to buy fresh flowers to take into the church. There, they place bouquets or single buds at the feet of the statues of their favorite saints.
Most buildings are open Mon-Sat 9 to 12:30 and 3 to 6.
From journal Treviso, Italy--Near Venice, but Quieter!