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Brescia - A historical city nestled amongst three lakes and surrounded by the Alps

25121 Brescia City center: 0 km
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25128 Brescia City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 89.00EUR
25133 Brescia City center: 3.1 km
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25060 Brescia City center: 2.8 km
Dbl. from 75.68EUR
25132 Brescia City center: 4.2 km
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25128 Brescia City center: 1.5 km
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25123 Brescia City center: 2.9 km
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25030 Roncadelle City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 66.90EUR
25124 Brescia City center: 3.3 km
Dbl. from 69.00EUR
25121 Brescia City center: 0.9 km
Dbl. from 65.00EUR
25124 Brescia City center: 2.5 km
Dbl. from 62.00EUR
25126 Brescia City center: 1.3 km
Dbl. from 92.00EUR
25125 Brescia City center: 3.4 km
Dbl. from 85.00EUR
25123 Brescia City center: 1.9 km
Dbl. from 59.00EUR
25124 Brescia City center: 3.3 km
25020 Brescia City center: 12.6 km
Brescia is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Because of its proximity to better-known cities like Milan and Verona, it is often overlooked. But it is a destination with a lot to offer. With a history that goes as far back as the pre-Roman times, it boasts of several UNESCO World Heritage sites. More than that, it’s a city as picturesque as a storybook. Surrounded by the Alpine mountains and a few kilometers away from lakes Garda, Iseo, and Idro, its landscape is verdant and scenic. Explore the Italian city, and discover all it has to offer. And make sure to get a taste of its amazing cuisine, too!

Location: At the Foot of the Alps and surrounded by lakes Garda, Iseo, and Idro

The second largest city and commune in the region, Brescia is located at the foot of the Alps, between the rivers Naviglio and Mella. It is also a reasonably short drive from Milan and Verona. Situated a few kilometers away from three beautiful lakes, it is known for its green hills, charming waterside marinas, and ski slopes. Its Gallic and Roman past also makes it the site for the best-preserved Roman public buildings, monuments, and castles in Lombardy.

Business: One of the Biggest Manufacturing Centers in Italy

As the third largest Italian industrial area, Brescia is known as a manufacturing center. The city has produced top-notch metal works, weapons, cutlery, and kitchen accessories for decades. It is home to vehicle manufacturer OM. Finance is also a big industry, as it is home to UBI Banca Group, the largest bank in Italy.

Culture: UNESCO World Heritage Monuments

As city founded by the Gauls and, later on, conquered by the Romans, Brescia is steeped with a rich historic past. It is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. Definite must-sees include the Republican Sanctuary, a first-century B.C. structure with mosaic floors and wall frescoes. The Capitolium, built in 73 A.D., is also worth a visit. Once the most important temple of ancient Roman “Brixia,” it houses a portico, a bronze statue of Ancient Victory, and a pediment dedicated to Emperor Vespasian. Lastly, there is also the Roman Theater, built in the era of Emperor Flavius. It is an impressive semi-circular structure with a capacity for 15,000 people.

Activities: Wine, Dine, and Take a Train Back to the Medieval Ages

Once you’ve had your fill of ancient Roman structures, it’s time to enjoy the fun side of this wonderful city. Make sure you squeeze in time in your itinerary to sample Brescia’s local fare. Have a bite of casoncelli (homemade tortellini with beef cooked with butter and parmesan cheese) while you enjoy the lakeside views of the marinas or after a day of paragliding or skiing. If you love the fruit of the vine, follow the delicious wine trail to the Franciacorta region. Finally, hop on the train to Valcamonica, and take a scenic route through old medieval villages - perhaps with a glass of wine or a plate of polenta taragna (polenta with cheese and butter) on hand!