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Although it’s more well-known for being a manufacturing center than it is for being a tourist town, the city of Brescia has no shortage of compelling attractions. Discover some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the province, learn about the famous Mille Miglia classic car race and visit museums and monuments where historical collections are displayed.
Start your explorations in the historic center of Brescia where most of the city’s attractions are located. It was here that the ancient Roman city, known as Brixia, was situated. Venture to the Brixia Parco Archeologico site to see the ruins of the Tempio Capitolino, built by Emperor Vespasian in A.D. 73, and the Teatro Romano, which in its 2nd-century heyday was able to welcome up to 15,000 spectators.
The historic center of town is also where you’ll find Santa Giulia, a monastic complex that is now home to the Museo della Città. Browse the extensive exhibits, which cover eras from pre-history right through to the present day. Inspect authentic Roman mosaics, medieval jewels and 18th-century paintings.
Ascend the hill in the historic center to reach Brescia Castle, the city’s old defensive fortress. The castle estate now contains two museums: the Museo delle Armi Antiche devoted to weaponry and the Museo Civico del Risorgimento, which chronicles the story of Italian unification.
Don’t leave town without visiting the Museo Mille Miglia. This museum tells the story of the original Mille Miglia race, which took place from 1927 to 1957. In the 1970s, the race was revived as a classic car rally.
Consider taking a side trip from Brescia to nearby Lake Iseo or Lake Garda. Sail on the lake, relax in charming lakeside towns and soak up the stunning mountain scenery.
Brescia is in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, about an 80-minute drive east of Milan. Ride the high-speed train from Milan to get here in under an hour. The town is also reachable from Verona and Venice by train. The historic center of Brescia is easily explored on foot.Accommodation in Brescia
There are 32 different Brescia accommodation options bookable through Expedia's lodging page. Check them out and discover the guest services and features that suit you best.
Brescia's premier choices such as the Hotel Vittoria, at Via X Giornate, 20, and the Regal Apartments, at Viale Europa 2b are sure to please the most discerning guests. Alternatively, if you're on a tight budget, you might want to consider staying at the La Loggia, at Various Addresses, or the Santellone Resort, at Via del Santellone, 116/120.
Located in the heart of Brescia, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo and Santa Giulia Museum. Piazza del Duomo and Duomo Nuovo are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Brescia hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Duomo Nuovo, Duomo Vecchio, and Piazza del Duomo. Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo and Piazza della Loggia are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Brescia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Freccia Rossa, Santuario Santa Maria delle Grazie, and Piazza della Loggia. Duomo Nuovo and Duomo Vecchio are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Freccia Rossa, Santuario Santa Maria delle Grazie, and Duomo Nuovo. Duomo Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Brescia, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Brescia, Stadio Mario Rigamonti, and Piazza della Loggia. Santuario Santa Maria delle Grazie and Piazza del Duomo are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Brescia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Brescia and Stadio Mario Rigamonti. Piazza della Loggia and Piazza del Duomo are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Brescia hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Freccia Rossa and Santa Giulia Museum. Piazza della Loggia and Elnos Shopping are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Brescia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Freccia Rossa and Santuario Santa Maria delle Grazie. Duomo Nuovo and Duomo Vecchio are also within 1 mi (2 km).