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Published: September 6th 2019
We knew the rains were coming, but we were still hopeful this morning, when it was only raining lightly. We decided to drive south to Treviso, where it was predicted to be cloudy, but with no rain. Ha, ha...
We took the toll road down (an hour trip), and had some difficulty finding parking. All the lots outside the walled city were full, and the rain had started. We only got in jam once, trying to turn around, finding ourselves blocked by a one way street and no where to go, with a car trying to get by us. We extricated ourselves, and found a parking lot near the center of town, and two spots opened up as we waited! And then the sky opened up: thunder, lightening close by, and a downpour....
We sat in the car until it let up a bit, and then made our way towards the main plaza, with umbrellas, and raincoats on...the lightening came closer, and we ducked under arcades, while trying to figure out exactly where we were. After a few twists and turns, we came to the main cathedral, as the bells chimed 12 noon, and the building promptly closed until
3:30! the rain worsened, but we walked on...
Treviso was a former Roman town that became one Venice's most loyal subject cities. It has many villas with huge gardens and massive wrought iron gates as you approach the city, and once there, the medieval architecture and canals give it much charm. It is home of Benetton, and the center shopping streets are all high end international retailers, including Lush from Seattle!
We walked by the canals, over bridges, and found a cafe with wifi so we could download maps to find the car and to locate the main sights. With our raincoats and umbrellas, we were luckier than the dripping wet tourists huddling under arcades! We stopped for lunch in small restaurant where Bill had some great pasta, and I had not so great mixed fried fish, but a great glass of local prosecco for $1.75!
We left Treviso after a few hours, finding the car with no problem, and headed north to the town of Conegliano, which boasts a castle on the hill atop the city. The rain continued, accompanied by wind now...We wound our way up the hill to the castle, of which just a
bell tower and walls remain. We had to drive through the wall via a very narrow gate, and we arrived at the gardens and civic museum, housed in the bell tower. We paid our senior entrance fee of 1.50 Euros each (about $1.75) and at first thought the exhibits on the ground floor were the sum of the museum. No...it went on for five floors! I saw a mastodon molar, Venetian coins, and found out that lobster was served at the Last Supper!
We drove back home on side roads, arriving around 5:30pm, and slept until 7:00. The rain had stopped and I went for walk to the next town (Torch) and back...
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