Brescia is a pictoresque charming city in Northern Italy, with a great deal to offer the traveller. Only a hour’s drive from Milan, really close to Garda Lake and not far from Verona and Venice, it is a convenient location if you wish to tour these beautiful areas.
Founded early before roman time, it has the oldest Roman remains in Northern Italy, dating from the early Empire. Actually Roman remains exist everywhere you look since many buildings in the city were constructed pillaging these sites centuries ago. The most famous of the ruins are the remains of the Roman Capitolium, which is about 2,000 years old, and the near Roman Theatre. Just few minutes walking, the Museum of Santa Giulia (City Museum) is one of Northern Italy’s cultural gems. Built out of an eighth-century monastery, has an amazing collection from prehistory, antiquity, the Lombard and the Carolingian Age and Venetian ages. It is a wonderful museum and can take nearly a full day to explore.
Not far from the museum, strategically located on a hilltop, the Castello di Brescia (Brescia Castle), a fortress built in the middle ages using the remains of a Roman Temple-turned Christian Church.
Inside the Castle, the Museum of Ancient Arms displays armours, swords, axes, shields (even firearms) from the 13th to 18thcentury. On the slope of the Castle’s hill there is the Vigneto Capretti (Capretti Vineyard), the largest and oldest city vineyard in Europe.
In Piazza Duomo the Rotonda (old cathedral), a massive circular structure crowned by a dome (11th-12th centuries) with a Cripta whose columns have capitals of the sixth and ninth centuries, and the Broletto, the old Town Hall, with the Torre del Popolo, not far Piazza della Loggia, one of the most picturesque squares in northern Italy, Renaissance heart of the city with the Loggia and the Torre dell’Orologio.
Brescia has got even more to offer. You could actually enjoy day or a weekend in one of the most famous Italian wine region. There are good reasons for visiting : the region is not only charming and beautiful, actually here you have the chance to visit the top rated vineyards and cellars and taste the “Franciacorta” sparkling wines, among them the worldwide appreciated Franciacorta DOCG. Besides, a short car-ride away are Iseo Lake, Garda Lake and the Val Camonica, with rock carvings dating back as far as 8,000 years. You can even spend a day skiing in the Dolomites and return in time for an apres-ski glass of Franciacorta.