Discover art and history of town's old centre, an open-air museum!
Brescia is today with its energy and dynamism a modern and well-organised city, geared above all to the world of work. But a closer, well directed look reveals the many changes to the city's layout made over the centuries by its inhabitants. Thanks to the central position between Como, Milan and Venice the town was influenced economically and culturally. There are many both valuable and unique relics of the past, and although Brescia is still open to necessary change, its notable historical and artistic treasures, her pictoresque corners make it a centre of great interest and importance. Strolling through the centre of Brescia is like leafing through the pages of a history book. Linear modern buildings exist together with dynamism of the fashionable main street, the colourful and typical liveliness of alley ways and thoroughfares, the splash of fountains, the majesty of palaces and ancient residences, the tranquility of cloisters, the devout silence of churches, the treasures conserved in museums.
Brescia is the custodian of a rich heritage of art and history form prehestoric times to Roman times, Medieval, Venetian, Austrian up to the modern day. The town welcomes visitors with museums, shows, exhibistions, fine cuisine, shopping, nature and sport. Roman Brescia is likely to be an unexpected pleasure: we'll see one of northern Italy's most interesting archeological sites: the impressive remains of the Forum, the Capitoline Temple, the Theatre, the Basilica. From the Roman Era we pass the Middle Ages: Broletto is one of the most notable medieval structures, the Duomo Vecchio is one of the few round Romanesque churches in Italy. Near here Piazza Loggia is one of the most beautiful Venetian style squares outside of Venice itself. Piazza della Vittoria was designed by the Fascist architect Piacentini in a monumental and neo-classical style. it is from this quare that the famous car race, the historic Mille Miglia, starts each spring.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Piazzale Arnaldo da Brescia, 15, in front of the Bar called "Granaio". There is a practical parking place near there, either in Via Mantova or in Via Spalto San Marco, 8 (Caserma Goito).
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
It is a walking tour. But if you are without car and you need some help or suggestions to reach the city, I will tell you (depending where you come from). I can also organize a private mini-van / car for you with an extra cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 EUR - Bring some cash on you just in case. You might want to buy a souvenir or some local food specialities.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver. Or I can help you to rent a car.