0447 Discovering an Italian Gem (Ita 004—new)

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I’ve still got much of the afternoon left, so when I get back to Mestre I decide to check out the Italian train system.  If other train rides are as cheap as the trip from Mestre to Venice Proper, than I may have finally found a Western European country where I can travel around freely on a tight budget!

 

So I look at the map and buy a ticket to the next city, Treviso… Bingo! Only 2.50 Euros! I strongly suspect I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling around Italy…

 

I get off in Treviso and make a beeline for the city.  There I find my very first Old City that is surrounded completely by a moat… cool!

 

I cross the bridge into the old city and scurry along to discover as much as I can in a few hours.

  I’m eager to experience just a “typical” run of the mill Italian city. 

 

I soon find the War Memorial--  which is dedicated to “the soldiers of all wars”--  maybe a deliberate way of avoiding reference to World War II…

 

Then I continue on to check out the cathedral, an enormous Renaissance era brick church.   I find these brick churches have a different, maybe not quite so arrogant and imposing feel as stone or Gothic churches...

 

I continue on to the east edge of the old town where I find and interesting gateway that suddenly reminds me of that, yes, this was the Roman Empire once upon a time… something you kind of forget about while exploring Venice.  The gateway also has inscriptions telling of the courageous fight against the occupying Austrians.  I’ll need to learn more about the role Austria played in Italian history…

 

I turn around and head west, along a long portico, some of it with paintings on the ceiling that look like definitely Romanesque… This town has all sorts of hidden little surprises…

 

I continue on until I reach the lively shopping district in the old town--  a very charming sector, with pizza by the slice shops, Italy’s famous ice cream parlours where they make the ice cream right there in the shop… an imposing tower in the center… folks setting up for a live concert in the plaza… And no mobs of tourists everywhere…

 

The cool thing about Treviso is that, unlike when I went to Venice yesterday, I didn’t come here expecting anything more than a plain town that where I could walk around a while… Now I’m having a hard time to pull away from this gem of a city…

 

But I’ve got a bus to catch… So I reluctantly head back to the train station…

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