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Piazza Della Loggia

Piazza Della Loggia

Not the oldest piazza in the city, but the most beautiful – possibly even the most beautiful piazza in Northern Italy. Here you can find Brescia’s town hall, the Palazzo della Loggia. The palazzo was begun in 1492, and the work lasted four centuries. Its huge, bulbous white roof is very distinctive. Opposite the palazzo, at the eastern end of the piazza is the Torre dell Orologio, a 16th century copy of the clock tower in St Mark’s Square in Venice.
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Piazza Paolo VI

Formerly known as Piazza del Duomo, this is one of the oldest piazza’s in Brescia and home to a number of superb buildings, including two cathedrals: the Duomo, La Rotonda (formerly the old Duomo) and the Palazzo del Broletto. La Rotonda, also known as the Duomo Vecchio, was built in the 11th century on the remains of the Basilica of San Filastrio. This is the only building of its kind in Italy – a huge cylindrical tower supported by eight pillars. The interior is simple and very beautiful. Head down to the very cold crypt to see the Roman remains!
Capitoline Temple and Roman Ampitheatre

Capitoline Temple and Roman Ampitheatre

Some of the best Roman remains in Northern Italy, the Capitoline Temple was constructed by the Emperor Vespasian in 73 AD. Alongside are the remains of the theatre, thought to have held 15,000 spectators in its heyday. It was in use as a theatre until the 12th century.
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Santa Giulia - City Musuem

One of the most important archaeological museums in Italy, housed in the 8th-century monastery of Santa Giulia, founded by the Lombard King, Desiderio. This museum is well-worth seeing, not only for the enormous quantity of exhibits, but also for the beauty of the buildings: the 8th-century Basilica of San Salvatore, the 12th century church of Santa Maria in Solario (see the stunning 16th-century frescoes in the oratory) and the 16th-century church of Santa Giulia. Closed on non-holiday Mondays.
Brescia Castle

Brescia Castle

High above the city on Cidneo Hill, the castle was built between the 13th and 16th centuries. There are a number of museums up here, the views over the city and the Brescia plain are great – well worth the effort of the climb up here!
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Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi is a 12th-century church with a beautiful 14th-century cloister. The church also contains the remains of medieval frescoes. The cloisters are open from 8.00-12.00 and 14.45-18.15 Monday-Saturday. The Church: 10.30-11.30 and 15.00-17.00 Monday-Sunday.
Theatre

Theatre

Brescia’s Teatro Grande is one of the most prestigious theatres in Lombardy – lots of red velvet, gilt and five tiers of boxes, its interior inspired by La Scala in Milan. Construction of the theatre began in 1803.
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Tosio-Martinengo Gallery

Here you will find a huge collection of primarily Italian art from the 14th-18th centuries housed in a 16th-century palace. The collection includes work by Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto and Tintoretto.
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