About 190,000 people call Brescia in Lombardy home.
From here it's 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the west to Milan and 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the northwest to Lake Como.
To discover the cultural side of Brescia, visit some of the museums. Among the best museums to visit here are the Mille Miglia Museum, the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo and the popular Santa Giulia Museum.
During a sightseeing tour of the city, don't miss the historic religious sites. The Duomo Nuovo and the Duomo Vecchio are excellent local examples of these. Enjoy the reverential atmosphere at these special places.
Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Loggia are great choices to kick back and observe the day to day rhythms of Brescia. Take a few photos and spend a hour people watching before heading off to explore the surrounding sights.
One of the most exciting places to take the family in Brescia is Acqua Splash. Pack your sense of wonder and prepare for a day filled with thrills, craziness and great moments.
Guido Berlucchi is one of the most popular wineries in the Brescia region. Wine lovers can enjoy the sights and smells of of the vineyards and wine presses, before savouring the varietals and vintages on offer.
Sometimes melancholic, sometimes darkly romantic, the castles and other strongholds surrounding Brescia are always special places to explore. The historical Brescia Castle, a unique local landmark, shows how rulers lived in well-guarded quarters and defended their citizens from foreign enemies.