Exploring Places XLV: Brescia, Italy

Postcard 28 is on its way to Brescia, Italy. We hope Monica & Giuseppe like it!

Brescia. Idueroccoli.com


Location of Italy. Wikipedia
Location of Brescia in Italy. Wikipedia

Brescia is a city and comune in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, a few kilometres from the lakes Garda and Iseo. With a population of 196,120, it is the second largest city in the region and the fourth of northwest Italy. The urban area of Brescia extends beyond the administrative city limits and has a population of 672,822. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants.

Lake Garda. Iitaly.org


...being the original production area of the Franciacorta wine.

Franciacorta vino. Brescia Tourism

...the prestigious Mille Miglia car race, which starts and ends in this city.
Mille Miglia.com

...being the homeland of Italian caviar.

Acetaia Reale caviar. Melbury and Appleton.com


Brescia Castle

The ancient part of Brescia, Roman Brixia so-called since the first century BC because of the rocky, hilly ground on which it is built , is bounded to the north-east by Cidneo Hill (245m). Brich was the Celtic word meaning rocky summit, high places. And the hill with its wonderful view over the whole city, has represented the most important element in the town's history  from the time of the first settlements in the Bronze age up until the eve of the  XX century.

Brescia Castle. Turismobrescia.it

Santa Giulia City Museum

The convent of San Salvatore, later named after Santa Giulia (915) was founded at the wish of King Desiderius and his wife Ansa in 753 AD, and built on a particularly rich archeological site ( the remains of Roman domus have been found under the basilica of San Salvatore and in the kitchen garden of Santa Giulia.

Convent of San Salvatore, Turismobrescia.it

Piazza della Loggia

Piazza della Loggia. Turismobrescia.it

It is the most beautiful square in Brescia and was inaugurated in 1433. It is dominated by the magnificent Renaissance Palace of the Loggia, nowadays the town hall. Its building began in 1492. The upper part was finished circa 1570 to the design of Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio. The splendid decorative sculpture that adorns the palace is in classical style.
On the south side, the 15th and 16th century façades of the Monti di Pietà  are worthy of note as tombstones and other pieces of Roman stonework have been set into their walls.

The Palace of the Loggia

Palace of the Loggia. Turismobrescia.it
The present loggia was built to replace the previous one built between 1434 and 1436. The first stone was laid in 1492 with a solemn ceremony and the building work continued until about 1570, under the supervision of numerous architects: Tommaso Formentone, then Gasparo da Coirano, Andrea Palladio, Jacopo Sansovino, Galeazzo Alessi, Giovanni Rusconi and Ludovico Beretta.

The Queriniana Library and the Bishop's Palace

Queriniana Library. Turismobrescia.it
The Queriniana library was founded in 1747 and opened to the public by Cardinal Angelo Maria Querini, formerly librarian at the Vatican library, well known for his bibliophily.
He had the monumental palace designed and built by the architect Marchetti and donated his remarkable private bibliographic collections, legating a considerable sum to enable the library to expand in the future.

The Old Cathedral

The Old Cathedral. Turismibrescia.it
It was built at the end of the XI century on the ruins of the winter basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The central block is formed of two cylindrical parts of stone, one on top of the other; the circular ambulatory still has the original doorways, which are lower than the present street level, and has large arched windows, while the upper tambour has smaller windows and is relieved above by pilaster strips and small arches in brick, on which the roof rests.


Known as a city for culture lovers for the quality of its architecture, museums and exhibitions, it’s a perfect town for strolling. Small, with much of the historic centre pedestrianized, it is full of ancient buildings, attractive shops and piazzas. Unlike many other cities, the modern business development has been kept out of the city’s heart, giving the historic centre great visual appeal.

Promotional poster Brescia Tourism.it

Brescia has some very good options for dining out. The best thing to try in the city would be local food; Brescian food is known to be quite hearty and heavy on butter and beef. Some good local dishes to try are Casoncelli, tortellini with beef, polenta taragna, spiedo etc. Another thing to try here are pizzas, there are plenty of pizzerias here in Brescia that have some great varieties of pizzas. Also, there are plenty of cafes and Osterias here that sell some great local cuisine. There are quite a lot of local dishes like polenta which are only available here during winters.

Casonelli. Brescia

To discover more about Brescia watch the video below:

·         Wikipedia
·         http://www.turismobrescia.it/

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