A visit to Treviso
discovering a winter flower
A romantic city, a week-end destination of history and beauty, Treviso is a delightful and fascinating town with a secret taste that is called “radicchio”.
Every italian city has its peculiarities and its own magic. The character of Treviso and its poetry is in the water, when you stroll in the historical center of the town, enclosed within ancient walls, and embraced by the Rivers Sile and Cagnan. The city tells its story through its particular geography and the bonds that tie it to the territory's nature. It is not by chance that precisely in this Venetian town a special flower, a precious ingredient for the local recipes, is collected in November in the sourrounding fields: the late growing Red Radicchio di Treviso. Thanks to the spring water and to the expert hands of the producers, in a few weeks time this natural product of the Treviso land is ready for the table. Right in Treviso under “Il Palazzo dei Trecento”, in the year 1900, the first radicchio fair was organised, and from here by way of the River Sile – the main communication route to Venice – the Treviso flowers were sent to be sold on the Rialto market stands. Touring the town, among splendid historical mansions overlooking narrow streets, some monuments and locations merit a visit. Among these are Piazza dei Signori, Loggia dei cavalieri, the Cathedral, the churches of Santa Caterina, San Francesco, and the Church of San Nicolò with its splendid Capitular of the Domenicani which was frescoed by Tomaso da Modena.
Long Life Elisir
Radicchio is an optimum remedy against aging: it is rich in antioxidants which slow down the process of cell aging, it has anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. A study carried out by Urbino University has shown that it has even more antioxidants than blueberries. It contains a low amount of calories (92-93% of it is water) and it is rich in Vitamin A, B1 and B2. It is depurative and it favours digestion and the good functioning of the intestine. The calcium and iron present in the red radicchio are able to help the bones' metabolism by strengthening them; the “antociani” can prevent cardiovascular ailments, while the “triptofano” is beneficial to the nervous system, opposing the disorders related with insomnia (already Plinius the Elder was suggesting radicchio against insomnia).