Museo della Città
Monastero di Santa Giulia & Basilica di San Salvatore
About 50m east of the Tempio Capitolino along Via dei Musei, cobbled Vicolo del Fontanon leads to the well-preserved ruins of a Roman...
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Lonely Planet review
The jumbled Monastero di Santa Giulia and Basilica di San Salvatore is Brescia's single most intriguing sight. Inside this rambling church and convent complex, the Museo della Città houses collections that run the gamut from prehistory to the age of Venetian dominance.
The building of the monastery, which started as early as the 8th century, absorbed two domus (Roman houses), which were left standing in what would become the monk's garden (Ortaglia) near the north cloister. The remains have thus come to be known as the Domus dell'Ortaglia and have been protected by the monastery walls from outside interference or bulldozers through the centuries. Raised walkways allow you to wander round the Domus di Dioniso (so called because of a mosaic of Dionysius, god of the grapevine) and the Domus delle Fontane (so called because of two marble fountains in it). The beautiful floor mosaics and colourful frescoes in these two domus rank among the highlights of the monastery-museum.
The other star piece of the monastery collections is the 8th-century Croce di Desiderio , an extraordinary Lombard cross encrusted with hundreds of jewels.