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What to do and see in Brescia

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Brescia city center is of particular historical and artistic interest. 4 are main squares: Piazza del Foro, an interesting market with small shops that are historically equipped in the sale of local products such as salami and cheese; Piazza Paolo VI, one of the few squares across Italy to have two cathedrals: the old Cathedral a rare example of Romanesque Basilica of origin and the new cathedral of 1604; Piazza della Loggia, where there are the Lodge and in the Clock Tower, while to the north, you can see Porta Bruciata, one of the ancient defensive towers of the city of medieval origin. Finally, Victory Square which refers us back the fascist era, the style of the architect Piacentini. Among the other monuments of great importance are reported the Capitoline Temple, a temple built by the Roman Emperor Vespasian in 73 AD; the complex of Santa Giulia, one of the oldest monuments of the city that houses three churches: The Church of San Salvatore, the Church of Santa Maria in Solario, and the Church of Santa Giulia. In the rest of the province there are also numerous museums rich in archaeological finds from the Bronze Age, such as those of Boario Terme, Valle Sabbia, Gottolengo, and Sirmione, the lovely town also known for its spas, which is located on a small peninsula in Lake Garda. Among the civil architecture not to be missed there are the fortification of Borgo San Giacomo and the other eight evocative castles: Farfengo, Padernello Motella, Acqualagna, Villagana, Villachiara, not to mention the majestic and famous Italian Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera, home of the poet that was donated by Gabriele D’Annunzio to the Italian people before dying. While in Desenzano worth a visit especially for the little port and the old Cathedral of the ‘500. For lovers of motoring we lastly an event not to be missed: the Mille Miglia, which animates Brescia of the most beautiful classic cars.

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