A fairly settled summer has seen few coming and goings - New Zealander Matt Berquist has come in to replace fly-half Kris Burton who has moved to the Dragons while Italy international Tommaso Benvenuti has joined Perpignan.
And in truth, Treviso have been itching for the season to start ever since their final out of last term - a thumping 41-17 win away to the Scarlets which demonstrated just how far they have come under Smith's reign.
That victory at Parc y Scarlets was a tenth of the season and ensured their highest ever RaboDirect PRO12 finish of seventh and with a playing roster that boasts 16 members of the most recent Italy squad, Smith is determined to see further improvements.
"There's not much change from what we had last season," said Smith, speaking at the official launch of the 2013-14 RaboDirect PRO12 season at the Titanic Experience in Belfast.
"It's quite a settled team, we have to work on a little bit more specific things due to the fact that we all know the system.
"I think we had a very good pre-season and we're excited to get on to the field.
"We've always moved and looked to get better and part our thinking was keep the players who did a great job for us last year and build on that and take a lot of experience again into the season.
"Last part of the season for us was a big turnaround from the year before. We played well or very well without our internationals. We managed to beat Munster and drew with Ulster away. That set the tone for a good finish and our last game against the Scarlets was a highlight for us.
"We took a lot of positives from last season and we want to implement it into our preparations for this season.
"Our execution must be better. Last year we were the team that created the most rucks in the opposition's 22 .
"We don't want to create rucks we want to score tries so we must go one step further and see if we cannot get over the white line a bit more often and be a little bit more precise.
"We're not unsettled about the way we play anymore. We've managed to handle the travel, we're without excuses now and we would just like to go and execute here.
"We work a lot on our execution and our decision-making. Things can only get better when you reach a certain skill level and I think over the past few years we've built up a good set of skills to now use those in making the decisions."
Antonio Pavanello is a prime example of someone who has flourished in the RaboDirect PRO12, thanks to his involvement with the Italian set-up and the second row is refusing to rest on his laurels in Smith's swansong season.
"We need to continue for this next year getting better results. With Treviso from the first year we drew a lot but in the last year we came seventh," he said.
"Playing in this league has helped the national team a lot. A lot of players in our team, 20 players, can every week at a higher level. So we grew a lot.
"We have to be more accurate and precise with our attacking game especially when we enter in the 22 metres.
"We need to score more tries and we don't have to be happy when we only score three points. We need to score tries, more tries if you want to arrive at our objective."