Altino, an ancient Roman city, its National Archaeological Museum, and Treviso
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Make your holiday at our village in Caorle even more beautiful: add to your itinerary a visit to Altino and Treviso, two towns rich in history, culture and beautiful landscapes.
Altino, the Roman Altinum
You can visit Altino also by bus, but for a more complete itinerary that could take you to Treviso, it would be useful to travel by car.
Altino (the Roman Altinum) is now part of the municipality of Quarto d’Altino, a small rural centre with little more than 3,000 inhabitants. But its history is very ancient.
The first permanent settlements date back to the Bronze Age (15th-13th centuries B.C.), but the town only acquired a significant scale around the 5th century B.C.. At that time, the sea was close by and two of the most important Roman roads passed nearby, the Via Annia, which ran along the Veneto coast to Aquileia, and the Claudia Augusta, which brought trade over the Alps and into Bavaria. The city was therefore a respectable commercial centre.
In 452, Altino was destroyed by the Huns led by Attila and its inhabitants fled to the lagoon where they settled, laying the first foundations for the birth of Venice. Wherever you are in Altino, looking towards the lagoon, you can catch a glimpse of the slightly lopsided outline of the bell tower of Torcello, the first island inhabited by fugitives.
There are not many remains of ancient Altinum in the area, but a visit to the new National Archaeological Museum is an absolute must, where various decorative elements found in the necropolis are preserved, such as the headless statue of Icarus.
There are also several capitals, numerous sundials and a fragment of a cornice; several glass artefacts are also remarkable.
The museum is open every day and the entry costs very few Euros.
Treviso, city of art
After Altino, if you still have a few hours to spare, we recommend a short visit to Treviso.
It takes about 40 kilometres: the first ones are quick entering the motorway at Quarto d’Altino and staying on the Mestre ring road as far as the “Terraglio” exit; here you take the Strada Statale n.13, which takes you to Treviso crossing Mogliano Veneto.
The second part of the itinerary follows the road called ‘Terraglio‘, a scenic route of considerable interest because it is rich in many ancient Venetian villas, one after the other.
When you arrive in Treviso (capital of the Marca), find a parking space for your car and walk around the city.
We are in one of the most enchanting places in Veneto, the city is clean, tidy, full of porticos and shops, patrician palaces and villas, surrounded by greenery and enchanting resurgent waterways.
Also for Treviso, as for other cities, bring a guide with you. We point out only a few short visits: to the cathedral, which contains an oil painting by Titian, the Piazza dei Signori, the “good living room of the people of Treviso”, the Isola della Pescheria, where the fish market is held, and finally a walk along the high and majestic 17th-century walls of the fortified city.
Author: Gianni Prevarin
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