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- walked the grounds but had too little time for the museum.
we did however buy the book, which was good reading when we got home.Written November 5, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great way to learn the history of Brescia from the inside. Fun, interesting, dynamic and very reasonable price. Great to have Andrea as a guide. Thanks again for the experience!Written July 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We only did the grounds, but really enjoyed the time spent.
we're older, but still managed the grounds, but took a taxi up to the entrance.Written November 5, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Just located in the Piazza di Paolo VI, it is definitely a sight that you should not be missing. Just amazing and there are not many nice words for it.Written February 20, 2023
- We travelled to Brescia from Bardolino on Lake Garda for a day trip as it was only an 1 hr 30 minute journey and we didn't really know what to expect. When we followed the street signs to The Capitolium of Brixia we were blown away by the size and grandure of it. We weren't expecting the temple and theatre to be so intact and there was only 1 school group and another couple there so we had plenty of room and time to enjoy it - a truly hidden gem. The signs were great giving you information about the site in English and Italian but found the wikipedia page helpful too.
We went to the Museo di Santa Giulia too and wanted to go inside the museum of the Capolitum of Brixia (as the ticket includes both museums) but despite paying for this, since you had to reserve a time - probably due to covid which was a little strange since most regulations (almost all) have been lifted by May 2023 but we understand their caution - we decided to skip it as the only time available was at 4pm (after getting there fairly early in the morning). We got to see the ampitheatre and the temple though so we were happy enough with that.Written May 19, 2023
- Central Brescia has 3 piazze - Duomo. Loggia and Vittoria. They date, respectively, to the medieval era, the Renaissance and the Fascist era. Piazza Loggia is, without doubt, my favourite. I have lived in Brescia for almost 15 years and never tire of this piazza. Highlights are: the Loggia (construction commenced in 1492), the astronomical clock (16th century) and the incorporation of Roman epigraphy into the walls of the building on the south side of the piazza. This latter was a deliberate choice, seeking to link the 15th/16th century city to its Roman past. In fact, the western wall of Roman Brixia is marked by the line of shops along its eastern edge. For British visitors, do look for the epigraphy referring to the XX Legion - this legion participated in the Claudian invasion of 43 CE and spent 300+ years in the British Isles - they even helped build Hadrian's Wall! Their main base was Deva - today's Chester - and, in the Chester museum, one can see the tombstones of Roman soldiers born and raised in Brescia! The city archaeologist does not know of a particular link between the XX and Roman Brescia but the data both here and in Chester strongly suggest that there was one!Written May 31, 2023
- magnificent plaza with two duomos. lots of restaurants and shops. fun to walk through. heart of the cityWritten May 26, 2023
- A big art gallery, reflecting the tastes of the Tosio and Martinengo families, who collected the works displayed here.Written August 4, 2022
- The "basilica di San Salvatore" (Saint Saviour Basilica) is part of the Museum of Santa Giulia. This review covers the churches within the museum: Saint Salvatore, Nuns Choir, Saint Mary in Solario. The remaining of the museum is reviewed under "Museo di Santa Giulia".
The churches and the museum were declared by UNESCO, together with the Capitolium, a world heritage site, forming part of the Longobards serial site in Italy: the places of power (568 - 774 AD).
- Saint Mary in Solario is in Romanesque style. It was built aound mid 12th century has two separate halls: the lower hall has some Roman marbles and the Lipsanoteca of Brescia (2nd half of the 4th century), an ivory reliquary. The upper hall is covered with frescoes (most of them by Floriano Ferramola), and shows the Cross of Desiderio, a processional cross in wood covered with a jeweled metal sheet (beginning of the 9th century)
- Saint Salvatore is a basilica that was founded in the 9th century. It has frescoes by Paolo da Cailina the Younger, as well as others from the Carolingian age. There is also a small crypt.
- Nuns Choir: this is the upper hall of San Salvatore. Built during the 15th century, it was completely frescoed in the first half of the following century by Floriano Ferramola, Paolo Caylina the Younger and other minor artistsWritten January 12, 2023
- Built in 1810 this beatiful theatre is one of the most important theatre in Italy, outside very simple, only a large staircase indicate the presence of the entrance under the portico. The inside , on the other hand, is magnificent.Written March 16, 2020
- During a somewhat rare rainy day we visited this museum. Entrance was free for kids we paid 10€ for each adult. It is small but entertaining. The race comes to life with the info on the tablet you get at the check in as well as the nice ambiance. Too bad there was no Ferrari on display, that would have added to to stature of the museum. But you can SPOT Aston Martin, Bentley some very nice Mercedes and of course many Italian brands.
We spend about 1,5 hrs inside, but I think most people will spend just a mere hour.
Parking in front of the entrance around the old monastery, which houses the museum.
All in all happy we chose to visit this venue😀Written July 24, 2020
- The church of the "Santissimo Corpo di Cristo" (Most Holy Body of Christ), also known as church of "San Cristo" (Saint Christ) was built during the second half of the 15th century, when it was also completely covered in frescoes. Most frescoes are still visible, after the restorations carried on during the 20th century.
There is a lot to see here: the church itself and all its frescoes, and the nearby three cloisters (one with frescoes and a catoptric sundial).Written January 12, 2023
- The security guard told us that the room behind the altar is, by tradition, a replica of Mary's house from Nazareth.
One of the rooms off to the side, which they call a confession room, had 6-pointed (Jewish) stars on the walls.Written October 12, 2019
- Beatiful neoclassica palace built in 1747 by Cardinal Angelo Maria Querini , Bishop of Brescia, well known for his bibliophily. He had the monumental palace designed and built by the architect Marchetti and donate his remarkable private bibliographic collections. In time, the funds of the library have been considerably increased , in particular after the suppression of monasteries by Napoleon as a consequence of private donations. The building includes a monumental staircase and a hall decorated with frescoes painted by Albrizzi and Scotti , and statues by Callegari and Ferretti .The main reading room as well as the smaller ones are decorated with frescoes painted in 18th century . The library's funds include richly illuminated manuscripts , including as well as editions of the 16th century.Written March 16, 2020
- We were on our way to the hotel after visiting the Old Castle and then stumbled upon this church. We only spent less than 10 minutes for a quick visit and it was pretty. Definitely worth to pay a quick visit if you are in the area.Written October 30, 2016
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- The best day trips from Brescia according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Brescia and Franciacorta winery area. Cultural and wine tasting small group tour
- Sirmione Lake Garda & Brescia, private guided tour from Milan
- Brescia and Bergamo, European capital of culture
- Tour of Brescia and Franciacorta outlet. Departure from Lake Garda
- Brescia and Franciacorta outlet full-day tour
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