In northern Italy there is the Lombarty region, and there is where Brescia is located. The town is situated at the foot of the Alps and it ranks as second largest city in Lombardy after its capital, Milan.
Brescia is the administrative capital of one of the largest provinces in Italy, namely the Province f Brescia and has been a significant regional centre for a long time now. Brescia has kept rather well preserved several medieval and Roman monuments and even an outstanding castle.
Brescia has a large industrial area, actually ranked as third-largest in Italy that focuses on automotive and mechanical engineering and machine tools. The city is well known for its firearm manufacturers namely Fabarm and Beretta. The companies that you find in this town are mostly small ones with family management and some mediums sized ones. The town does have a major employer in the financial sector and it is a rather famous tourist location thanks to the closeness of the Alps and two beautiful lakes, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo.
Brescia has a characteristic that was passed down from Roman times and which is the way how the old town is rectangular and how the streets intersect at 90 degrees angles. The portion that is surrounded on all sides by the medieval walls is bigger than the space occupied by the Roman town. Only the northeaster quarter of the old town was occupied by the Roman town.
One of the places that need to be visit is the Plazza del Foro as that is the place of the Roman-time forum. There is a temple complex that was discovered in 1823 as it was built on top another temple of a smaller size is supposed to be the Capitolium of Brescia. When unearthing the temple a winged Victory statue made out of bronze was found hidden away for the sole purpose of protecting it from the plundering that often took place in those times.
Some time ago, the Brescia Roman museum was housed by the Capitolium, but later it was moved to Santa Giulia complex, which was a former nunnery. The convent was run by the daughter of King Desiderius during the Lombard domination, namely the Princess Anselperga and it was quite powerful in those times.
There are many other Roman vestiges still visible but not all are open to visitors. For example there are barely sufficient remnants of the curia, which is a building supposed to have been a basilica, just on the north side of the Forum Square.
The Roman theatre can be found at the eastern side of the Capitolium. In ancient times, the theatre was attached to the Capitolium. On the slopes of Cidneo Hill a palace was built in the Renaissance time but over time the building slid and eventually covered the Cepitolium-theatre area in totality. As a result to that, only part of the theatre can be seen.
The monastery complex of san Salvatore – Santa Giulia and the archaeological area of the Roman Forum are officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they appertain to a group named the Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.) which is comprised of 7 such locations.
When staying in Brescia, there are some major location you should visit for a better understanding of the city’s history and charm. One such location is the Piazza della Loggia that evokes a Renaissance style, together with the related loggia, which is the current town hall. Then there is the Doumo Vecchio meaning old cathedral and which you might have heard of it under the name of La Rotonda. This cathedral lures people with a Romanesque church that has a circular shape and near the entrance there is a sarcophagus of Berardo Maggi made of pink Veronese marble. Various famous paintings can be found in the structure, such as the “Feast of the Paschal Lamb” and “Eli and the Angel”; paintings by Alessandro Bonvicino, Girolamo Romanino, Francesco Maffei and others.
You can also visit the Duomo Nouvo and the Broletto which is the medieval Town Hall, the Renaissance style church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Sr. Francis of Assisi which adopt a Romanesque-Gothic style and many other breathtaking and amazing locations. People who visit there remain forever captivated by the atmosphere and the beautiful views and many decide to move to Brescia. If you’re one who want to do it too, we can help you.
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