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“Wonderful archaeological/historical museum”

Museo di Santa Giulia
Ranked #1 of 115 things to do in Brescia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Santa Giulia museum is the kind of place you expect to find in a capital city rather than a medium-sized city of 200,000 people like Brescia. Opened in 1998 it occupies a series of monastic buildings. The collections of Roman stonework, mosaics and bronzes, Lombard artefacts and medieval materials are all excellent. What really makes the museum special, though, are the buildings - including two large Roman town houses (domus) unearthed during museum expansion and preserved in situ. These houses have good mosaics and well-preserved frescoes on walls reaching a metre or more in height. Walkways allow visitors to move around above the two domus and get a feel for their structure and complexity. Other buildings of note within the museum are a gallery above one of the churches that was used by nuns and a small Lombard type chapel up a narrow staircase where the so-called Cross of Desiderio is displayed - a Christian processional cross encrusted with gems and cameos, some of Roman date. If you enjoy archaeology and medieval history, the Santa Giulia museum is very much worth a visit: I must have been there more than 10 times by now and always find something new.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

The museum is enormous, but I could only recommend it to those who are really interested in the ancient world.



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Reviewed April 30, 2013

An excellent piece of history preserved and well worh the visit. Santa Giulia offers a wonderful opportunity to share the Romanesque culture and history.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

When we arrived at the museum, we had two hours until the scheduled closing time, but we were advised that that was a limited time. I couldn't believe but it was true. If you are in the north of Italy and you are interested in roman and early christian times, you can't miss this museum. 2 domus, 2 ancient churches, and a lot of roman and longobard artifacts in display. I think you need at least 3 hours there.

3  Thank RomanetJC
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Santa Giulia is at first deceptive - a few archaeological artifacts, the stuff of many museums throughout Europe - and then the immensity of the site grabs you. Fine medieval carvings on some pillars before you go onto seeing lots of objects from neolithic times onwards.Then you come across Roman houses around 0 AD with rooms outlined and lots of mosaics. Continuing the trail (we missed the gardens) we eventually got to the convent part and there is a superb room, the Nuns' Room with frescoes all around and a very fine painted ceiling.
Nice shop for souvenirs.

4  Thank Ian L
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