"Brescia the heavy, Brescia the strong,
Brescia Lion of Italy abbeverate of enemy's blood."
Brescia (Bresà or Breha in Brescian dialect) is a city of about 190,000 inhabitants in northern Italy, capital of the province and the second most populated city in Lombardy . It is also known as the Lioness of Italy, according to the name it received from Aleandro Aleardi and made famous by Giosuè Carducci. The city is located at the entrance to Valtrompia, at the foot of Mount Maddalena (874 m) and the Cidneo Hills, on which stands Brescia’s Castle.
Piazza della Loggia
Inaugurated in 1433 and dominated by the magnificent Renaissance Palace of the Loggia, nowadays the town hall, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful square in Brescia. The building of the Palace, which is adorned with splendid decorative sculptures in classical style, began in 1492. The south side of the square is occupied by the Monti di Pieta` (The Pawnbrokers): the Old Monte di Pieta` is linked to the New Monte di Pietà, towards the east, by means of an arcade. The XVth and XVIth Century façades were set with inscribed Roman stonework to protect the wooden shops from the frequent fires in the XIVth Century, thus forming a remarkable "Lapidarium-Museum". The Monti di Pieta` are joined to the building that was formerly a prison by an elegant Venetian-style Loggia. The arcade extending along the east side of the square is surmounted by a building that incorporates the sixteenth-century mechanical Clock Tower, where two human figures strike the hour on a bell. A full twenty-four-hour day has been marked on the clock face. A memorial has been erected next to the fountain situated below the clock tower, to commemorate the victims of the bomb which exploded on 28 May 1974 during a trade union demonstration: the dramatic “Massacre of Piazza Loggia”.
Piazza della Vittoria
This grandiose square, designed by the Roman architect Marcello Piacentini and inaugurated in 1932, was built on the site of a dilapidated popular quarter which was demolished in order for the city centre to be cleaned up. The Post Office building and the brick Torrione (high tower) with its imitation loggias dominate the square. The façades of the buildings, the paving of the Quadriportico and the wide arcade are all made from highly-polished marble in two contrasting colours.
Piazza Paolo VI
This square, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is the heart of the city; it contains important historical buildings which symbolize the city's concern with civil rights as well as its religious tradition.
Piazza del Foro
Monastery of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia
The Monastery was founded by king Desiderio in 753 A.D. Nowadays, the superimposition of buildings on the foundations of old ones is evident from the mosaics of the old Roman villa. The basilica of “San Salvatore” is an example of early medieval architecture of northern Italy and the important Santa Giulia City Museum is housed here offering a journey through Brescia’s history, art and spirituality from prehistoric times to the present day. It is the perfect location for the City Museum and the natural focal point for a visit to Brescia.
The Grand Theatre
This is a complicated complex of buildings which have developed over three centuries of adaptation and transformation. The theatre is in the same building today as the first public theatre in Brescia, which opened in 1664.
The Mille Miglia
Brescia is the starting point and finishing point of the mythical vintage car race the Mille Miglia, normally held in May with a variable route between Brescia and Rome. Only cars produced before 1957 are admitted to the race, the year that the original version of the Mille Miglia, a high speed race, was suspended for safety reasons.
This is a unique opportunity to relive the story of Brescia, to be fascinated by the enchanted atmosphere of a place that has preserved the memories, art and culture of the past millennia.
This monastic complex of Lombard origin that houses the Museum of the City in Brescia is a unique and complex set of buildings located at the foot of the castle, along the “decumanus maximus” of the Roman city.
Founded in 753 A.D. by the Lombard king Desiderius and his wife Ansa, the monastery is built on an area, already occupied in Roman times by Domus, that was the subject of reconstructions and expansions in later centuries, especially in Medieval communes and in the late fifteenth century. The complex is built around the cloisters and three other churches from different periods of history, all richly frescoed and decorated:
• the Basilica of San Salvatore, of Lombard origin
• the Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Solario
• the Renaissance Church of Santa Giulia
Over two thousand years of history are embedded in the structures of this monumental complex and are themselves an integral part of the exhibition in the new Museum: about 12,000 square metres to walk through the history of Brescia via:
• archaeological remains
• statues and works of art from different periods of history
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Via Ozanam, 4
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Official site: www.comune.brescia.it
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The Museum was founded to be a living testimony of the “best race in the world” and it offers a dynamic, emotional, interactive experience.
Viale della Rimembranza, 3 Sant'Eufemia
Tel. 030 3365631
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