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“A must” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di Santa Giulia

Museo di Santa Giulia
Via Musei, 81/b, 25121 Brescia, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 42 Attractions in Brescia
Type: Museums
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Brussels
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The museum is situated a little outside the city centre and parking is not easy, but the visit is well worth the trouble. The displays, which range from prehistorical times to the present day are well presented and the museum is air-conditioned, which makes the visit even more pleasant. Since the museum is a former monastery, the halls are arranged around cloisters, and the churches and chapels are maintained with their original frescoes, biblical scenes and saints' lives. Visitors are given a folder map allowing them to orient themselves without missing anything. A useful precaution even though there are two "tracks" to be followed (History of the Monastery and Works of Art). The small N. S. in Solario chapel could otherwise be missed, whereas it is here that one of the museum's highlights, the Cross of Desiderius, can be seen.

The Roman section displays well-preserved artefacts (in glass, notably) and sports a platform across the various houses, of which the floors and about one metre of the walls have been preserved and / or reconstructed. The impression of actually walking through a Roman town may not be as strong as in Pompeii or Ampurias, but even so, one does experience a certain closeness, all the more since the explanations (in Italian and English) clearly highlight the role, function and structure of each building.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the best museums in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Theis is a huge museum full of items collected from the prehistorical time to the medieval one. The visit is a real lesson of history. However the museum is beautiful also for its architecture: visiting the different rooms and building is an experience itself. If you are in Brescia you can't miss it!

Visited December 2013
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth going to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A must if visiting the city
The only negative I have is the the map of the layout bit confusing
Nearly missed seeing half the exhibitions

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Do not miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This museum is huge and filled with treasures from prehistoric to medieval times. Don’t miss the huge winged Victory, the Bronze Age helmet and crown as well as the reconstructed Roman Houses (yes, plural) with their in situ mosaics and frescoes. The entrance was 10 euros each, but well worth it. The huge bejewelled cross of Desiderius (last King of the Lombards) can be missed if you are not careful- it’s in a side part of the complex. The guides are generally helpful and all are polite. One or two are particularly informative and chatty. Make sure you spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours there. We went early to avoid all the school parties.

Visited March 2014
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Brescia, Italy
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“One thousand five hundred years of history in the same place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This beautiful area is formed by different sites considering all the historic periods from the Romans to the 18th century. There is a Museum and Exhibition Area with interesting events. Must be seen to better understand the European history from the ancient times

Visited October 2013
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