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 tranquillity of Brescia, due to its small number of tourists, really sets the mood for some cultural exploration. Located within an extended industrial area, the historic centre is astonishingly full of impressive monuments, each with its own charm. Discover with us the most precious historical treasures in Brescia.
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 eighth-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 artefacts from more than 5000 years ago offer a chance to discover Brescia’s past. Monumental architecture from long-ago periods as well as beautiful frescoes, mosaics and thousands of other works of art will fascinate art lovers.
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 of Italy, the construction of the New Cathedral 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.
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 church from the 15th and 16th century has one of the most intricate façades in Lombardy.