Set in a salubrious park atop a hill, Brescia’s impressive castle is a great place for aimless wandering (early mornings are best), soaking up views and absorbing a tangible sense of history (information boards explain the details in three languages). There is no entry fee unless you want to peruse the two museums housed in the fortifications. Torre Mirabella, the main round tower, was built by the Viscontis in the 13th century.

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3. Brixia Parco Archeologico

0.21 MILES

Brescia’s impressive archaeological complex cleverly reconstructs the city’s Roman past from fragments first discovered in the 1820s. It consists of three…

4. Piazza del Foro

0.22 MILES

Back in the first century AD, the Piazza del Foro was the centre of civic and religious life in Brescia (Brixia). You can see a few fragments – including…

5. Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco

0.23 MILES

This 17th-century palace houses two separate museums, and it makes a worthwhile detour while exploring Brescia's historic sites. The Brixia Light Box …

6. Santa Giulia

0.27 MILES

You could spend a whole day in this monster of a museum housed in an ex-monastery and still have plenty left for another visit. Those with limited time…

7. Torre dell'Orologio


The Torre dell'Orologio, with its exquisite astrological timepiece, is modelled on the one in Venice's Piazza San Marco.

8. Palazzo del Broletto

0.31 MILES

The medieval town hall looms large over the plaza down below thanks to its soaring brick tower, which was built in the 12th century. Other parts of the…