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Santa Giulia

The jumbled Monastero di Santa Giulia and Basilica di San Salvatore is Brescia's most intriguing sight. Inside this rambling church and convent complex, the Museo della Città houses collections that run the gamut fr…
Ruins in Brescia

Tempio Capitolino

Brescia's most impressive Roman relic is this temple built by Emperor Vespasian in AD 73. Today, six Corinthian columns stand before a series of cells. A ticket gets you admission to the temple chambers, where you c…
Church in Brescia

Duomo Vecchio

The most compelling of all Brescia's religious monuments is the 11th-century Duomo Vecchio, a rare example of a circular-plan Romanesque basilica, built over a 6th-century church. The inside is surmounted by a dome …
Italian in Brescia

La Vineria

Near the Piazza della Loggia, La Vineria serves up delectable regional cuisine at al fresco tables in the portico or in the classy downstairs dining room with vaulted ceilings. Try dishes like chestnut gnocchi with …
Ruins in Brescia

Brixia Parco Archeologico

The most impressive of Brescia's Roman relics are the remains of the Tempio Capitolino, a Roman temple built by the Emperor Vespasian in AD 73. Six Corinthian columns stand before a series of cells. About 50m to the…
Museum in Brescia

Museo Mille Miglia

The original Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles) ran between 1927 and 1957 and was one of Italy's most legendary endurance car races – it started in Brescia and took some 16 hours to complete. The race's colourful museum …
Castle in Brescia

Castello

Brescia's historic centre is dominated by a hill, Colle Cidneo, crowned with the rambling castle that for centuries was at the core of the city's defences. Torre Mirabella, the main round tower, was built by the Vis…
Museum in Brescia

Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco

This 17th-century palace houses two separate museums, and it makes a worthwhile detour while exploring Brescia's historic sites. The Brixia Light Box (admission free) has an audiovisual projection that recreates in …
Italian in Brescia

La Grotta

Tucked down Parsley Lane off pleasant pedestrianised Corso Cavour, this is a hidden gem for good home cooking served at tables dressed in gingham. Frilly curtains and cheerful frescoes (food and wine-making scenes) …
Italian in Brescia

La Sosta

Set partly in the stables of a 1610 palace, flanked by columns, La Sosta excels at finely tuned gastronomic creations using the freshest regional produce. Start off with a creamy risotto before moving on to perfectl…