Brescia is Lombardy’s second biggest city, a university town with a modern business satellite “Brescia Due”, it is prosperous and lively. Located between two of Italy’s most famous lakes, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, Brescia is often overlooked by visitors who bypass the city itself and head straight to the undeniably beautiful lakes. A great pity, as Brescia has one of the most beautiful historic centres in the region, and some of the best Roman and Lombard remains in northern Italy such as:
|Piazza della Loggia
The city’s prettiest square was built in the 15th century. Torre dell’Orologio or the clock tower, was modelled on the campanile in Venice’s Piazza San Marco. Porta Bruciata, in one corner, is a medieval tower and gate.
The two cathedrals are found on Piazza Paolo VI. The Rotonda is the old 12th century cathedral. Inside you can see Roman remains and the apse of an 8th century basilica. The new cathedral is late Baroque style and took over 200 years to complete.
|Via dei Musei
The old Roman road is lined with Roman ruins including the Roman forum, a theater and a temple built in 73AD.
|Monastery of Santa Giulia
The monastery was founded in 753 and has three churches. It now houses the city museum with artifacts from prehistory to the 20th century.
|Piazza della Vittoria
This large square was built in 1932 in what was once a medieval center. On one side of the square is a 60 meter tall tower. The Mille Miglia historic car race starts from Piazza della Vittoria and on the third Sunday of the month there’s an antiques market.
The medieval castle complex on the hill includes towers, ramparts, gardens, courtyards, drawbridges and several underground tunnels. It houses the Ancient Arms Museum, Risorgimento Museum, and a model railway exhibit. From the highest point there are good views of the city below.
|Brescia is also well known for the annual Mille Miglia historic car race held in spring, which starts and ends in the city.|
The Floating Piers by Christo – Lake Iseo
From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Christo will reimagine Italy’s Lake Iseo. Visitors will experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it encircles. The mountains surrounding the lake will offer a bird’s-eye view of The Floating Piers, exposing unnoticed angles and altering perspectives. A 3-kilometer-long walkway will be created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lake Iseo.