Art and Culture

Brescia is one of the Italian cities with the highest concentration of churches in its urban area, and one of the richest Roman archaeological sites. Its flagship are however the monastic complex of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia and the Capitolium archaeological site, important monumental evidence of the Longobard age, which in 2011 have become Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Churches and monuments

Churches in Brescia

The most interesting and beautiful churches in Brescia: Duomo Nuovo, Duomo Vecchio, Santa Maria della Carità, San Francesco d’Assisi e San Salvatore

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Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

Yet another example of Gothic architecture in Brescia, the church was built in 1429-1475 next to the Carmelitani convent of the 14th century. The Lombard-Gothic structure of the church was partly altered in the 16th century, where the oblong windows were walled up and the original lancet arches became round. On the inside, various noteworthy art pieces are preserved.

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The Castle

On top of the Cidneo hill, the Castle of Brescia is among the largest and best preserved fortresses in northern Italy. On top of the hill, there is the fortified tower built by the Visconti family from Milan in the first half of the 14th century: it is a typical example of late medieval military […]

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During the Roman era, Brescia – or rather Brixia – was one of the most important cities in northern Italy, located on the so called ‘Gallic road’ that linked some of the most renowned centres of Celtic origin along the Po river. In the archaeologic area in the urban centre of Brescia can still be […]

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Museums and galleries

Museo delle Armi “Luigi Marzoli”

In one of the most ancient sections of the Castle there is Museo delle Armi “Luigi Marzoli”, which is among the richest collections of armours and ancient arms in Europe. Arms, firearms and armours that tell the story of Brescia’s long-lasting tradition in armoury. The exhibition comprises 580 pieces (part of a total of 1,090 pieces from the legacy of the late Luigi Marzoli) to guide visitors along the history of war and art through the objects on show.

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Museo del Risorgimento

This recently refurbished museum presents exhibition criteria that follow the most up to date interpretations of historical facts, presenting an attentive selection of the Museum’s heterogeneous collections. The exhibition consists of portraits, mementos, edicts and antique prints that testify to the patriotic movements and the age of Risorgimento towards national unity.

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Museo di Santa Giulia

One of a kind in Italy and Europe for its art concept and venue, Museo della Città is located in a monastic complex from the Longobard era. It leads you through a journey in history, art and spirituality of Brescia city from prehistoric age to today, in an exhibiting area that covers about 14,000 square […]

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Music and theatre

Teatro Sociale

Today’s Teatro Sociale owes its origins to the history of the family of Luigi Guillaume, a French nobleman who fled Lyon (France) with his wife Maddalena during the French Revolution.

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Teatro Grande

The Theatre, built in 1739 by architect Carlo Manfredi, lies in the exact spot where – a century earlier, in 1664 – the first public theatre in Brescia was erected as desired by Accademia degli Erranti.

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