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Art and Taste between Treviso and Casier

A walk or bike ride between Treviso and Casier is certainly the best way to discover the intimate bond between man and the Sile. Although this age-old story has evolved over time, the indelible traces of each phase of this epochal relationship still survive. It is not difficult to understand why the river has always been such an absolutely privileged waterway. A more or less constant level throughout the entire year with neither floods nor low periods to jeopardise navigation, no rapids or turbulent sections to negotiate and directly connected to the lagoon and Venice, an important economic and cultural centre during the last millennium... factors which gave the river an absolutely unique value it maintained until the mid-1960s. The vigorous and uniform development of road transport which followed rapidly and definitively robbed the river of its role as a communications route, while at the same time giving it back an equally important role as an ecological corridor, a natural element still today able to cross an area profoundly compromised by the heavy hand of man without interruptions. Ancient platforms for washing garments, mills, ports, aristocratic mansions the dwellings of the common people accompany the excursion, blending magnificently with the glimpses of nature which are a constant feature of the entire itinerary.
  • The route: Ponte della Gobba, Treviso - Fiera Porto and Prato - Mandelli Mill - Osteria da Nea - Cemetery of the Burci - Porto di Casier.
  • Length: about 10 km along the banks of the river, known locally as alzaie or restere, little used by vehicles and with long sections for pedestrians and bicycles only.

Description of route: the excursion starts from Ponte della Gobba. Famous as Treviso's last "urban" port between the end of the 19th century and the Second World War, it owes its name to a tavern popular at the end of the 1800s.  Volto del Manganel: tight meander, blocks in Istrian stone with signs of the ropes.

  • The Christ: crucifix, watercourse, electricity generation wheels, paper mill, beer factory.
  • Bollards: sign of the importance of the river for navigation.
  • Villa Ninni-Carisi: walkway for the hospital.
  • Boathouse: hospital club.
  • Boatyard: ancient wisteria, platforms for the lampor.
  • Fiera landing stage: Palazzo Piovesan (Michele) with weather-vane on the roof.
  • Borgo di Fiera: old tavern at Makalè, alleyways, Via Roveri/Poveri, Prato di Fiera.
  • Mulino Società Anonima Cereali Treviso (later Purina): industrial mill structure on the Sile (confluence with the Limbraga).
  • Mandelli mill: confluence with the Storga.
  • Sile Morto/Taglio del Sile deviation.
  • Hydroelectric generating station and miter gates.
  • Osteria da Nea.
  • Union of the Sile Morto/Taglio del Sile.
  • Cemetery of the Burci.
  • Villa Valier Battaggia.
  • Roggia di Casier.
  • Piazza - Piarda - Church of Casier.

The itinerary passes near the Osteria da Nea

The itineary passes near the Trattoria Al Sile

(photo by: Fiume Sile)
Treviso - Historical building detail
Treviso - Historical building detail
(photo by: Gianfranco Speranza)
Street market of Piazzetta San Parisio in Treviso
Street market of Piazzetta San Parisio in Treviso
(photo by: Gianfranco Speranza)
Burci Cemetery
Burci Cemetery
(photo by: Gianfranco Speranza)
Former Bordignon Mill
Former Bordignon Mill
(photo by: Gianfranco Speranza)
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