The Casa Giorgione Museum is another location not to be missed on a trip to Castelfranco Veneto. It is a structure dedicated to the city’s most famous artist, inaugurated on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death in 2009. The museum has been set up in the spaces where, a short distance from Castelfranco Veneto Cathedral, Giorgione painted the Frieze, one of the city’s two artistic heritages together with the Pala, housed in the Cathedral itself. The Pala di Castelfranco and the Fregio delle Arti Liberali are the starting point of an exhibition itinerary that includes a total of around one hundred original pieces, with objects from the Veneto area dating back to Giorgione’s own time.
For those wondering what to see in and around Castelfranco Veneto, the old town centre is a wonderful and continuous discovery. We have already mentioned the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Liberale, built in the first half of the 18th century to a design by Francesco Maria Preti. In addition to the altarpiece by Giorgione, this church also displays the Martyrdom of St Sebastian painted by Palma il Giovane and the Descent of Christ to Limbo by Giovanni Battista Ponchini. Not only: the sacristy houses seven portions of frescoes painted for Villa Soranza di Treville by Veronese.
Leaving the cathedral, then, you can venture into the alleyways of the centre to admire the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, which currently houses the municipal library, and the Teatro Accademico, itself designed by Preti, without forgetting Casa Costanzo, where Tusio Costanzo lived.
Outside the walls, however, it is worth admiring the 17th-century Loggia dei grani in what was once the market square, now known as Piazza Giorgione. And if Corso XXIX Aprile is embellished by the frescoed aristocratic palaces that line it, one cannot forget the Palazzetto Preti and the Convent of San Giacomo. To learn more, click here: discover what to see in and around Castelfranco Veneto.
Treviso, whose historic centre is embellished by the Loggia dei Cavalieri and the Palazzo dei Trecento, which overlook Piazza dei Signori. Also splendid is the spectacle offered by the Cagnan and Sile rivers, which flow through the historic centre protected by truly ancient walls. In the Cagnan in particular, the Isola della Pescheria (Island of the Fish Market) was created to host the fish market. Also unique is the spectacle offered by the Buranelli canal, in whose waters the frescoed facades of the porticoed houses are reflected.
Finally, a stop in Valdobbiadene, a place of hills rich in vineyards, is a must. Majestic green expanses dedicated to the world's finest and best-known wines and wonderful valleys where one can enjoy many excursions, on foot or by mountain bike. A perfect place to enjoy delicious glasses of prosecco and local specialities.
About 46 kilometres from Castelfranco is Venice. There are many places of interest in the lagoon city, starting of course with St Mark's Square, with its spectacular Basilica, and continuing with the Doge's Palace. Still, the Grand Canal, which the locals call Canalazzo, deserves special attention, as do the many bridges of Venice: in all, there are more than 350, and the most famous of all is most probably the Rialto Bridge. Finally, a mention must go to the Gallerie dell'Accademia, with a vast collection of works by artists of the calibre of Mantegna and Tiepolo, and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.