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Weekend Breaks to Brescia

Planning a short break to Brescia? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Brescia. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Brescia. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Ronchi

The Ronchi is only ten minutes from the city centre of Brescia. Ronchi consists of woods, meadows, orchards, farmhouses, villas, taverns and elegant restaurants. The word “Ronchi” means orchard or vegetable gardens, and quite ironically this is where most of the fresh produce that Brescia receives comes from the Ronchi area.

To reach Ronchi, you take Via Panoarmica; this road has a magnificent view of the whole city and the surrounding countryside. The hill is dotted with many trattorias where the visitor can enjoy traditional cooking at its best.

The most characteristic eating-places are ‘licinsi’. These are old farmhouses, which are only open during the summer months.

Rochni is a great place for walking, jogging and enjoying the fresh country air, and a favourite spot with most Brescians.

The Castle

The best way to reach the castle is up the cobbled Contrada San’Urbana, which climbs from Piazzetta Tito Speri up the Cidnean Hill. This is quite a steep hill, fortunately enough it is a short walk. The street is lined with old houses and takes just a few minutes to reach the place where the first settlers built their houses in Brescia. Gardens surround the castle, which is fortified with towers, ramparts, out houses, courtyards, drawbridges and several underground tunnels.

Around the stronghold of the castle, the Venetians built bastions, storerooms for provisions and the monumental entrance topped by the St. Mark’s Lion. The castle also houses the Ancient Arms Museum, the Risorgimento Museum, the Cidnean Observatory and in the storerooms you can find two large model railways.

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San Pietro in Lamosa

This monastery was founded in the 11th century and is one of the most interesting Romanesque remains in the province. The oldest part of the monastery is the church of San Pietro. From the churchyard you have an excellent view of the nearly peat moss.

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Palazzo Arzaga

The Palazzo Arzaga is a five star hotel situated in a restored 15th century building. Two of the three buildings of the hotel are listed as historic monuments, while the third, the “Residenza dei Castagni” has stunning views of over the 18-hole golf course which has been designed by Jack Nicklaus. This hotel is a unique place to visit because of the architecture, luxurious woods and fabulous green lawns. The hotel overlooks 1 000 acres of the Italian countryside and has various facilities to amuse its guests, such as a tennis court, swimming pool, cookery school, golf course and of course the spa, which offers various wellness, relaxation, weight loss, fitness and beauty treatments. For the children between the ages of 2 and 9, there is the “Mini Club” which offers every thing you can imagine to keep the little ones amused.

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Abbey of San Nicola

The Abbey of San Nicola is one of the most impressive monastic sites in the whole of Italy. The Abbey was founded in the 11th century by monks and then passed into the hands of the Olivetans in the mid 15th century. The Abbey is built around three large cloisters and has been lovingly decorated with the works of the greatest artists of the Brescian school of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Foppa, Moretto, Gambara, Romanino and Cossali. Inside the Abbey is a book restoration workshop, a museum of wrought iron and monks still produce liquor based on herbs here.

The Ancient Arms Museum

This museum is located in The Castle and is dedicated to Luigi Marzoli, who gave his extensive collection to the city. This collection is one of the most important collections in Europe and is kept in the most attractive part of the castle. The collection contains 500 weapons and pieces of armour, which are mainly made in Italy, but include some pieces from around Europe. There are helmets, lances, battle and parade armour, swords, shields and a valuable collection of firearms, which are all from between the 13th and 17th centuries.

These are rear items, masterpieces for their workmanship and elegance for their decoration. Many of the pieces were made in Brescia. The museum has original 14th century frescoes in many of its rooms and the remains of a pre-existing Roman temple can be viewed inside the museum.

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Cinefotoclub

This museum is uniquely Italian. There is no other museum of this nature in the world. This museum recounts the history of photography with huge collections of sill and movie cameras. There are various accessories for camera’s and a collection of over 12 000 photographs. The Cinefotoclub is located on Cs. Matteotti, 16/b – 18/a.

Piazza della Vittoria

This Square was designed by the fascist architect Marcello Piecentini, and was inaugurated in 1932. The square was built by knocking down a large part of the medieval city. The square is closed on one side by the central post office, which is covered with Travertine stone and dominated on the other side by a 60 meter Tower. Opposite the tower is the Quadriportico with the tower of the Revolution above it. The square hosts the start of the famous car race, the historic mile miglia each spring.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The museum is located at Via Monti 9 and houses more than 400 works by major contemporary artist from Italy and abroad. These works were collected to commemorate Pope Paul VI and includes works of artists such as Chagall, Matisse, Dali, De Chirico, Kokoshka and Picasso.

The Monastery of Santa Giulia

Desiderius, King of the Lombards, founded the monastery in 753 A.D. The well-constructed complex surrounds three cloisters.

The Monastery houses the city museum, where 11 000 finds are on display, and takes the visitor through various periods in history.

The Museum merges into the three churches of Santa Giulia, San Salvatore and Santa Maria and creates a sense of unity.

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