In the midst of the plain and inclines of Monte Grappa
, the province of Treviso offers an enjoyable tour of residences
which bear the mark of the great architects.
Starting from Altivole
, it is possible to discover two architectural gems. The first is the Barco of Queen Caterina Cornaro
, the former Queen of Cyprus; a sixteenth century building-fortress which acted as her summer abode. Today all that remains of the Barco, which means "fenced in complex", is a long barchessa (barn). Another highly-valued work is the Tomba Brion
which was designed by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa and is important site for modern art lovers. The monumental mausoleum
, constructed in bare concrete, is the location of a chapel and the family tomb.
The second stop on the tour is Possagno
, the birth place of Antonio Canova
, the famous sculptor
of European neoclassicism. The sculptor's remaining works includes the Canovian Temple
, a Church inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, and the Gipsoteca, a collection of moulds and plaster work hosted in the building constructed by Scarpa, next to the artist's house.
The last stop takes us to the splendid Villa Barbaro in Maser
, designed by Andrea Palladio.
Inserted into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
, the home is today inhabited and still operates as a farm
. Inside, works of art and frescos
have been amassed. The historical wine cellar, the Palladian temple and the collection of carriages are worth a visit.
The province of Treviso is enriched by an extraordinary combination of landscapes, art and history; of such beauty that travellers will fall in love forever.