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The Best Historical Places To Visit In Brescia

Picture of Vy Dan Tran
Updated: 26 November 2016
Brescia is among the most prominent cities in northern Italy. Close to Milan, it can be visited by a direct train route from the capital of Lombardy. The supreme tranquility of Brescia, due to its small number of tourists, really sets the mood for a cultural exploration. Located within its extended industrial area, the historic center is astonishingly full of impressive monuments, each with its own charm. Discover the most precious historical treasures in Brescia:

Capitolium

Here lies one of the oldest Roman ruins in Italy and a definite must-see. Built around 73 A.D, the Capitolium was restored during the second quarter of the 20th century. It is now a fascinating archaeological site, where visitors can find significant, inscribed stone tablets. The temple was linked to the rest of the Roman Forum by two rows of arcades. Its original design was reconstructed in a miniature model in one of the temple’s cellae. Anyone would be captivated by this stunning, half-preserved, and half-ruined UNESCO World Heritage site.

Piazza Del Foto, Via Musei, Brescia, Italy

 

Santa Maria in Solario

Santa Maria in Solario | © RobyBS89/Wikimedia Commons

Museo di Santa Giulia

This museum complex is another UNESCO World Heritage site that is absolutely worth a visit, especially when you have an urge to learn about the city’s rich history. What makes the museum special is its setting within a combination of religious buildings, including the eight-century Church of San Salvatore, the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria in Solario, the 15th-century nuns’ choir, and the 16th-century Church of Santa Giulia. Archaeological artifacts offer a chance to discover Brescia’s past, from more than 5000 years ago. Monumental architecture from long-ago periods will fascinate art lovers, and beautiful frescoes, mosaics, and thousands of other works of art are also exhibited within the museum.

Via Musei 81/b, 25121 Brescia, Italy

Piazza della Loggia e Orologio

Piazza della Loggia e Orologio | © User:Ronan.guilloux/gallery/Wikimedia Commons

Piazza della Loggia

Leave behind ancient and medieval constructions and spot Renaissance style in this gorgeous square. The wonderfully proportioned Palazzo della Loggia, which is the Town Hall today, is the most remarkable sight of the piazza. Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, was one of the supervisors of its construction in the 16th century. The Clock Tower consisting of a mechanical clock is in the center of a two-story classical arcade. Zodiac signs are among the decoration on the enormous clock. On another side of the square lies the old and new Monte di Pieta. The former was built in the 15th century while the latter was finished in the next century. The ornate old Monte di Pieta showcases a graceful loggia in the ground level. The piazza is an ideal place to observe delicate Renaissance architectural details.

Piazza della Loggia, Brescia, Italy

Piazza Paolo VI

Piazza Paolo VI | © Marco Assini/Flickr

Piazza Paolo VI

Distinct religious buildings can be viewed at the same time in this square, as the Old (Duomo Vecchio) and the New (Duomo Nuovo) Cathedrals are positioned side by side. With a peculiarly circular shape, the old, 11th-century church generates astonishment in spite of its humble appearance. There used to be an even older basilica before this church in the same place. Possessing the second tallest dome in the whole Italy, the splendid New Cathedral’s construction began in the 17th-century, and it took approximately 220 years to finish. In addition to these two churches, Broletto, the medieval Town Hall, is also on this square.

Piazza Paolo VI, Brescia, Italy

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Santa Maria dei Miracoli | © RobishaK2/Wikimedia Commons

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Like most religious Italian towns, Brescia is dominated by churches. One noteworthy Renaissance church that came after the Old Cathedral and before the New Cathedral is Santa Maria dei Miracoli. This 15th– and 16th-century church has one of the most intricate façades in Lombardy.

‪Corso Martiri della Liberta, Brescia, Italy

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Castello di Brescia | © Marco Assini/Flickr

Castello di Brescia

Off the beaten track, on a wooded hill, is tranquil Brescia Castle. This site is perhaps the oldest in the city, where the Romans settled. Extensions were added to the original fortress built by the Visconti family over three centuries, from the 13th century to the 16th century. Also, a spectacular view of Brescia can be seen from the castle. Nowadays, it is a major tourist attraction that appeals to museum-goers, as there are two museums: Museo delle Armi L. Marzoli and Museo del Risorgimento. 

‪Via del Castello, Brescia, Italy