11 Best Things to Do in Brescia, Italy (2023 Best Pocket Guide)

Wondering what are the best things to do in Brescia? Look no further. In this post, I will tell you all about this charming and too-often-overlooked city in Italy.

I go to Brescia every time I am in Italy because that’s where a part of my extended family lives and where I have been going since I remember.

Now as a travel blogger, I am looking at it with the curious traveler’s eye and I have learned a lot about this city.

I realized that not many foreigners include Brescia in their bucket list, or not as a priority, which is why I decided to write this post so that you will learn why Brescia is well worth a trip.

Nestled in northern Italy, Lombardy region, it’s located only 1-hour train from Milan and its historical center offers you a walk in the past, with its Roman theater and many interesting museums and ancient churches.

But Brescia is not only for history buffs, also nature lovers will find amazing hiking trails in the surrounding hills and lakes.

History buffs will particularly love this city too.

So without further ado, here are the 12 best things to do in Brescia.

One of the best things to do in Brescia is to visit the Roman Forum Theatre.
Roman Forum Theatre

Table of Contents

Is Brescia worth visiting?

First thing first, is Brescia worth visiting? here are the reasons why it is, in my opinion of course.

Brescia is worth visiting for its rich historical heritage, showcased through impressive landmarks like the UNESCO-listed Santa Giulia Museum, the Roman Forum, and the stunning Brescia Castle.

The city’s vibrant culinary scene, renowned for its local delicacies such as cancelli pasta and Franciacorta wine, offers a delightful gastronomic experience. (make sure you join a wine tour for some amazing wine testing)

Additionally, Brescia’s picturesque surroundings, including Lake Garda and the Alps, provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities and scenic exploration.

Brescia Private Walking Tour

A certified guide will take you around the most important landmarks of Brescia. It is the best way to learn about Brescia, its history, and its culture.

The entrance of Museo di Santa Giulia.
Museo di Santa Giulia 

12+ Things to Do in Brescia

1. Explore Brescia’s Historic Squares

You might think, what’s so special about a square? Well, in Brescia, they’re like time portals to different epochs. I’ll cover a few notable ones.

✔️ Piazza del Foro

First up, we have the Piazza del Foro, home to some of the most incredible ancient ruins you’ll see.

The star attraction here is the Roman Capitolium, a UNESCO site that’s well over 2000 years old. 

Walking around here, it’s like stepping back in time, into an era of emperors and gladiators. Make sure your camera’s ready. It’s the kind of place that makes for some epic Instagram shots.

Brescia. Santa Giulia and Capitolium on Unesco World Heritage List

✔️ Piazza Paolo VI

Most popularly known among the locals as Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Paolo VI is a square of contrast. The old and new coexist here, side by side. 

The Broletto, with its remarkable medieval architecture, takes a spot here and with a reason as it’s an awe-inspiring sight.

Take a moment, sip an espresso at one of the nearby cafes, and admire the beautiful facades.

Also having an “aperitivo” before lunch or dinner time is a common practice by the locals, especially on weekends, so you may want to join if you are around at that time of the day.

And about the Broletto – this 12th-century palace has seen it all. It was once the town hall and has stood the test of time.

Now, it adds a dash of medieval magic to the modern, bustling square. Talk about past meetings and present.

✔️ Piazza della Loggia

Then, there’s Piazza della Loggia. This square is a sight for sore eyes, brimming with Renaissance beauty.

Enclosed by Venetian-style buildings, it’s a visual treat you’ll remember long after you’ve left Brescia. 

The centerpiece here is the 16th-century clock tower, which steals the show with its astronomical clock. It’s got more than just hands and numbers.

Check out the two figures on top, known as Macc de le ure, or “the crazy timekeepers”. They swing their hammers to strike the hour, and the sound is iconic for this square. 

✔️ Piazza Vittoria

Last but not least, Piazza Vittoria. This place offers a stark contrast to the city’s older squares, and that’s what makes it special.

With its 1930’s architecture, spacious layout, and the Torrione, a skyscraper with a 360-degree city view, it’s modern Italy at its finest.

Here, you’ll see locals sipping espressos in chic cafes, cyclists gliding past, and shoppers bagging Italian fashions.

The square’s a bustling hub of life, but it’s also the perfect place to slow down and soak up that unique Italian atmosphere. No visit to Brescia is complete without a stop here. Trust me.

The famous attraction in Brescia - the Rinoceronte di Piazza Vittoria.
Rinoceronte di Piazza Vittoria

2. Visit the Museo di Santa Giulia 

If you’re a history buff, the Museo di Santa Giulia, another UNESCO site in Brescia, has got to be at the top of your list.

This former monastery turned museum is a treasure trove of artifacts spanning a whopping 3000 years.

You’ve got to see the Santa Giulia Museum artifacts.

One moment you’re exploring Roman ruins, next you’re gazing at Lombard tombs, and then you’re admiring medieval and Renaissance art.

There’s even a stunningly preserved Roman villa with beautiful floor mosaics in the museum complex.

A visit here is like leafing through the pages of a history book. Only better, because you’re experiencing it all firsthand. Even if you’re not particularly interested in history, don’t miss it. 

The Museo di Santa Giulia is located in the via dei Musei (street) so called because it’s home to numerous museums and landmarks of Brescia. Here is a zoomed-in map.

Brescia Via dei Musei Map
Brescia Via dei Musei – Click on the Image to Open the Map – © Google Maps

3. Discover the Roman heritage in Tempo Capitolino

The Tempio Capitolino is where you can really get a feel for Brescia’s ancient roots.

Built by none other than Emperor Vespasian in 73 AD, it was an important place of worship during the Roman era.

Today, it’s one of the best-preserved Roman temple ruins in Northern Italy with three towering Corinthian columns standing tall against the sky, remnants of the grand temple that once stood here.

It’s not hard to imagine the bustling activity that must have taken place here, centuries ago.

The temple is part of the larger archaeological area of the Piazza del Foro, which I’ve already covered but this temple deserves to be mentioned on its own.

It’s situated right where the city’s Roman forum used to be. The remnants of the basilica, the old courts, and the city gate are still visible.

The Roman Forum in Brescia under a cloudy sky.

4. Climb up the Cidneo Hill and visit the Brescia Castello

Now, let’s trade ancient ruins for medieval fortresses.

Grab your best walking shoes because we’re heading up Cidneo Hill to visit the Brescia Castello. There you get a hike, a castle, and a panoramic view at once.

Called the “Falcon of Italy”, Brescia’s castle is no small wonder. It’s one of the largest and most intact fortresses in Italy.

Picture this: a castle that has stood strong since the 13th century, witnessed countless stories, and changed through the times.

You’ll find old cannons, drawbridges – it’s like stepping into a history book. And for those into armor and ancient weapons, there’s a museum tucked away within these castle walls.

The best part is the stunning views. Standing on the castle walls with Brescia sprawling below, it’s a sight for sore eyes.

Inside the castle in Brescia.
Inside the Brescia Castle walls

5. Explore the on-site attractions at the Brescia Castle

Brescia Castle is a delight inside and out. There’s a treasure trove of attractions waiting within its ancient walls. Let’s go through a few of those attractions together.

👉🏽 Luigi Marzoli Arms Museum

Let’s kick off with the Luigi Marzoli Arms Museum. This isn’t just a display of weapons; we’re talking about an impressive array of medieval arms and armor.

This museum is a tangible link to the people who lived, fought, and defended their homes centuries ago.

External view of the Arms Museum in Brescia.
External view of the Arms Museum inside the Brescia castle.

👉🏽 Museum of Risorgimento

Our next stop is the Museum of Risorgimento. This place beats the rhythm of Italy’s journey to unification in the 1800s.

The brand-new exhibition tells the story of the Risorgimento, an important event in Europe’s history, and how it matters today.

It shows old paintings, sculptures, and special objects that have been fixed up nicely to help us understand a long and complicated story that ended with Italy coming together as one country.

A lavish digital anthology complements and seamlessly weaves into this narrative, extending the story into the present era.

It captivates visitors, immersing them in the unfolding events that positioned Brescia at the epicenter of the protracted Risorgimento, thereby bestowing global renown upon it as the esteemed “Lioness of Italy.”

👉🏽 Cidnea Astronomic Observatory

The Cidnea Astronomic Observatory allows you to gaze into the cosmos and lose yourself in the grandeur of the universe.

It’s like your own personal starry adventure right within the castle grounds.

View of the Pusterla Vineyard from the castle.
Pusterla Vineyard in Brescia – views from the Castle

👉🏽 Pusterla Vineyard

Pusterla Vineyard is one of the oldest urban vineyards in all of Europe and definitely the biggest.

The gardens near the vineyard.
Pusterla Vineyard

6. Be amazed by the Teatro Grande

Teatro Grande in Brescia is a historic and magnificent theater that has been entertaining audiences for centuries with its splendid performances and elegant architecture.

This cultural gem hosts a diverse range of artistic events, from theatrical plays to musical concerts, offering a rich cultural experience to visitors. With its grandeur and artistic significance, Teatro Grande stands as a captivating symbol of Brescia’s cultural heritage.

I would recommend joining a show even if you don’t understand Italian, no doubt you will still be inspired by the atmosphere enhanced by the music, the architecture and the beautiful art pieces on the walls.

7. Explore Brescia’s monumental churches

Brescia’s rich with churches that’ll leave you in awe. Let’s get to know some of these architectural marvels.

⛪️ Duomo Nuovo

This mammoth Baroque beauty dominates Brescia’s skyline like a majestic giant, being the largest Catholic church in Brescia. It’s really peaceful inside.

Like you’ve walked into this bubble of calm and quiet. It’s one of those places that makes you feel the weight of time and history.

View of the Duomo in Brescia.

⛪️ Duomo Vecchio di Brescia

Duomo Vecchio, also known as the “Old Cathedral”, stands right next to the Duomo Nuovo. Age hasn’t dimmed this church’s charm one bit.

The unique circular design is a scene-stealer, and the interior is like a visual history book brimming with gorgeous frescoes and carvings.

⛪️ Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carità 

Santa Maria della Carità might not be world-famous, but this hidden gem is full of surprises.

Don’t let the unassuming facade fool you. The interior bursts with the grandeur of Baroque art, with the ceiling frescoes being particularly mesmerizing.

⛪️ Santo Nazaro e Celso Church

Santo Nazaro e Celso Church might be a little out of the way, but it’s a hidden jewel.

Between the striking frescoes, elegant marble columns, and peaceful vibe, it’s a refuge of tranquility amid the city’s bustle.

A random street in Brescia on a beautiful sunny day.

⛪️ Chiesa di Faustino in Riposo

The Chiesa di Faustino, first constructed around the 8th to 9th century, is one of the oldest churches in Italy.

Although the original structure was destroyed by a fire and the church was reconstructed in the 12th century. This church is all about the small details.

The intricate altars and the delicate frescoes are an ode to artistry. 

8. Go on a Brescia art museum tour

🏛 Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo

Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo reopened in 2018 after a facelift of nearly a decade.

From Renaissance genii like Raphael and Lotto to 19th-century whizz painters, it’s home to an impressive collection.

However, you will also find an impressive collection of artworks from local painters like Moretto, Romanino, Savoldo, and Foppa, making Brescia Renaissance art shine.

Besides paintings, you will also find sculptures, jewelry, and other art pieces.

A narrow street in Brescia with colorful buildings.

🏛 Palazzo Martinengo 

Palazzo Martinengo has been the home to many different institutions and events.

From the noble abode of the Martinengo family to the Brescia Police Headquarters, it’s seen a lot of history.

Lastly, it’s been purchased and recovered by the Provincial Administration and is now the site of exhibitions and a history-drenched underground archaeological route.

Part of the building is instead used as administrative offices of the provincial body.

🏛 Mille Miglia Car Race Museum

The Mille Miglia Car Race Museum is all about the legendary ‘Red Arrow’ race.

Opened in 2004, the building is a former monastery complex with layers of history peeling off every wall.

It’s a car museum, yes, but it’s also a sneak peek into the region’s past. Suffice it to say, it’s not your everyday car museum.

🏛 Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

A short stroll from Piazza Loggia takes you to the Diocesan Museum.

It’s this collection of holy artwork, with one of Italy’s best collections of liturgical garments.

Plus, the paintings are nothing short of mind-blowing. From the 14th to the 18th centuries, with Brescian and Venetian masterpieces all over.

View of the Historical Centre in Brescia on a beautiful sunny day.
Historical Centre

🏛 National Museum of Photography

And last, but not least, the National Museum of Photography.

If you’re even remotely interested in photography, you owe it to yourself to not miss this place. It is like a time machine for the art of photography.

From vintage cameras to modern gear, it’s all here.

Plus, they’ve got these fantastic exhibits of photos from different eras that tell Brescia’s story. They even host graphic art exhibitions.

9. Read old manuscripts at the Queriniana Library

The Queriniana Library in Brescia is another hidden gem that you should visit.

The library is a fascinating repository of ancient manuscripts, valuable books, and important texts spanning various subjects.

Located in an impressive building, the library provides a quiet setting for researchers and readers to explore its historical and literary treasures.

The manuscripts make this library a real treasure trove. Some of these manuscripts date back to the 5th century.

The library has over half a million volumes, about 130,000 of which were published before 1830.

10. Enjoy Brecia’s local food and cuisine

🍽 Bagoss

A crumbly cheese that’s crumbly, a bit spicy, and with a hint of that nutty flavor that just makes your taste buds sing. It’s actually from the small town of Bagolino, in Brescia Province.

It’s aged (needs 12 months of age at the very least), intense, and has this gorgeous natural rind that just screams authenticity. Try it, and you’ll see why this cheese is Brescia’s pride and joy.

Mouthwatering pizzas in Brescia.

🍽 Casoncelli Bresciana

If you love pasta, you must try Casoncelli Bresciana.

These little parcels are filled with a beautiful mix of beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and all the love in the world. They’re hearty, they’re flavorful, and they’re all kinds of delicious. 

🍽 Rane alla Camuna

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Rane alla Camuna is a unique dish that’s steeped in tradition.

It’s frog legs, done the Brescia way. Cooked with butter, garlic, and parsley, it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

It’s a little wild, a lot of fun, and absolutely something to try when you’re feeling adventurous. I am not a fan now, but I used to eat them when I was little.

🍽 Lumache alla Bresciana

Haven’t had enough adventure when it comes to Brescian cuisine?

Lumache alla Bresciana is another one for you. Snails cooked Brescia style, with tomatoes, garlic, and a generous splash of white wine. It’s a slow-cooked delight that’s savory, earthy, and just a little bit tangy.

A fruit shop in Brescia surrounded by colorful buildings.

🍽 Minestra sporca

If you are longing for comfort food, Minestra Sporca is the kind of soup that warms your heart as much as your belly. It’s made with spinach, bread, cheese, and egg. 

It’s cozy, it’s rich, and it’s got this depth of flavor that just wraps around you like a warm blanket.

🍽 Persicata

You can’t visit Brescia without trying Persicata. It’s a dessert that’s as sweet as a summer’s day.

Made from peaches and sugar, it’s the perfect end to any meal. It’s fruity, it’s fresh, and it’s a dessert that’ll have you feeling like you’re sitting under the Italian sun, no matter where you are.

🍽 Franciacorta (Italian sparkling wine)

This Italian sparkling wine is pure elegance in a glass. It’s bubbly, it’s crisp, and it’s got this incredible balance of acidity and fruitiness.

One sip, and you’ll see why this wine is often compared to the best of Champagne. 

Interior view of a pizza parlor in Brescia.

11. Go on a day trip 

👍🏼 Monte Isola

Ever wished for an island escape without leaving the comfort of the mainland?

Welcome to Monte Isola, a mountain in a lake!

You get the serene beauty of the lake, a small island with picturesque villages, and the peace that comes with being away from the hustle of the city.

You can hike, bike, or just sit back and let the world go by. Bliss.

👍🏼 Lake Garda

4.5 ⭐️ 109 Reviews

Now, let’s talk about Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It’s the kind of place that makes you pinch yourself, just to make sure it’s real.

Stunning landscapes, quaint towns dotting the shores, and the Italian Alps as a backdrop. Absolutely breathtaking.

If you want to get the absolute best experience, I recommend you take this tour: Dolomites Full-day Tour from Lake Garda.

You’ll be taken on an air-conditioned coach, with the mountains rolling by; you’ll visit the charm-packed mountain towns of Moena or Cavalese, and drive over the Pordoi Pass for some stunning views.

A fantastic day! The cable car to the top of Sass Pordoi was spectacular! Amazing views for the whole trip. Some lovely stops along the way for photos. Superb bus driving along epic roads. Great and informative commentary!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Blakey, Jul 2023
View of Lake Garda with blue waters.
Lake Garda

👍🏼 Lake Iseo

5.0 ⭐️ 3 Reviews

Lake Iseo, or Iseo Lake, is another gem you’ve got to see. Nestled in the north of Italy, it’s the fourth-largest lake in Lombardy.

The lake is fed by the Oglio River, and the scenery is truly magical.

And I’ve got another tour recommendation for you: Lake Iseo Cruise with Montisola and Bergamo Experience.

A comfortable bus ride from Milan takes you to Iseo Village, where you’ll cruise to Monteisola.

The Floating Piers, that famous art project that let people walk on water, took place here in 2016.

You’ll have free time for lunch before heading back to Iseo, then off to Bergamo. Two hours of strolling around, soaking up the history. It’s a day well spent.

This day trip was amazing and i definitely recommend it when you are in Milan! I enjoyed everything!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Elena_C, Jan 2023
View of Lake Iseo with nearby houses.
Lake Iseo

👍🏼 Monte Maddalena

Monte Maddalena is the perfect spot for a picnic, a relaxing walk, or even just a few moments of quiet reflection.

Imagine standing on top of a hill, with panoramic views of the city of Brescia and the surrounding region stretching out before you. 

👍🏼 Naquane National Park at Capo di Ponte

Explore Naquane National Park and its impressive collection of rock engravings that bear testimony to prehistoric times.

With thousands of figures carved into rocks, it’s an open-air museum mixed with nature that you don’t want to miss.

👍🏼 Milan

4.5 ⭐️ 1,750 Reviews

Milan is the vibrant heart of Italy’s north, a powerhouse of fashion and design.

It’s an ever-evolving city, where you can explore iconic landmarks like the towering Duomo di Milano, a remarkable masterpiece of Gothic architecture. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the renowned Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls (and the oldest in Italy), where high-end fashion houses and traditional Italian eateries stand side by side. 

Another must-visit is Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Brera district, teeming with bohemian charm, is perfect for leisurely walks. 

And, of course, Milan is not just about sightseeing: the food scene is phenomenal.

From traditional risotto alla Milanese to innovative fusion cuisine, Milan offers an exciting culinary journey.

And if you want to stay a couple of days to cover more of Milan, check out my full guide on the best hotels in Milan for every budget.

Our tour guide Elisa was fantastic. She was informative, helpful and friendly. Would recommend this tour.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Caterina_S, Aug 2023
The Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan where the painting "The Last Supper" by the Da Vinci is on display.
Santa Maria delle Grazie

👍🏼 Verona

The city of Verona is an open-air museum of Roman and medieval architecture, interspersed with vibrant piazzas and family-owned osterias.

Known as the city of Romeo and Juliet, you can visit Juliet’s house and stand on the famous balcony where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are said to have declared their love. 

The city’s heart, Piazza delle Erbe, buzzes with life, filled with market stalls and surrounded by beautiful buildings.

The Verona Arena, a 1st-century Roman amphitheater, is still in use today, hosting concerts and a renowned annual opera festival.

Beyond its historic attractions, Verona is rich in gastronomic delights, from the traditional peperita sausage to the exquisite Amarone wine.

👍🏼 Borghetto sul Mincio 

Borghetto sul Mincio is an enchanting hamlet that has preserved its medieval charm, seemingly frozen in time.

Crossing the old stone bridge, you’ll be greeted by the sight of ancient water mills standing alongside the river, their wheels still turning. 

The village’s stone houses, crisscrossed with narrow lanes and blooming flowers, are simply captivating. It’s a haven of tranquility, away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

The culinary scene here is equally enticing, known especially for the local specialty, tortellini di Valeggio, small rings of pasta filled with meat.

Nearby, you’ll find the Parco Giardino Sigurtà, a sprawling garden park filled with tulips, roses, and age-old trees, adding to the allure of this charming hamlet.

Where in Italy is Brescia located?

Picture Italy’s map as a boot. Now, let your eyes drift toward the top of the calf. That’s where you’ll find Brescia. Northern Italy. 

📍 Brescia Italy map

Brescia Map
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✓ What province is Brescia in?

Brescia isn’t just a city, it’s a province too.

The city is the capital of the province, both bearing the same name and located in the Lombardy region. With rich plains and alpine peaks, Brescia’s got it all.

✓ Is Brescia close to Rome?

No, not really. If you’re in Rome, you’ll have to journey north. 300 miles or so. But hey, in Italy, the journey is as beautiful as the destination. 

Trains, planes, cars. Take your pick. Each offers its own kind of magic. Take the scenic route if you have the time.

You’ll be in Brescia before you know it. And driving in Italy is a trip on its own, worth every mile.

View of the historical centre of the old Duomo.
The old Duomo

How to get to Brescia, Italy

So, you’re sold on Brescia. Great choice. But how do you get there? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

🚙 By car

Want to travel there on the road? Perfect! You may rent a car and Brescia will welcome you with two major motorways.

There’s Autostrada A24, which starts from Rome and winds through the beautiful landscapes of Lazio and Abruzzo.

Then there’s Autostrada A21. Connects Brescia with Turin. Crosses over the lovely River Po. Stunning views, man. Just remember: keep those eyes on the road.

🚊 By train

Don’t want to drive and still want to take the scenic route? Hop on a train. Traveling by train around is easy and a journey you won’t forget. Italy’s rail network is like the country’s veins. Pumping life, stories, encounters.

Express, regional, high-speed. Trenitalia’s got them all. You’ll get from Milan to Brescia in about an hour. Traveling from Venice? You’ll be in Brescia in around two and a half hours.

The best part is that you get to sit back, watch the world whizz by, and arrive refreshed, ready to explore.

A road in Brescia surrounded by trees.

✈️ By plane

Brescia’s got its own airport: Brescia “Gabriele D’Annunzio” Airport, also known as Montichiari Airport.

It caters to mostly charter and freight flights. You might have trouble finding a direct flight to Montichiari airport, but don’t worry; close by, only about 30 miles away, there’s Verona Villafranca Airport, which does get international flights.

You can also take a flight directly to Milan. The city’s airports are bigger and busier, but well-connected.

From there, you can take a bus or train to Brescia, which will take about an hour. Sit back, enjoy the ride. And get ready for Brescia. It’s waiting for you.

Getting around Brescia

🚌 Bus

Brescia’s got buses in spades. The Brescia Transport Company, or Brescia Trasporti, is the main company running the show.

You can buy tickets from kiosks and newsstands and validate them onboard; easy peasy.

Their network is extensive. Covers the city, suburbs, and even nearby towns like Lake Garda, Franciacorta, etc. Just grab a map, plan your day, and take off.

The subway station in Brescia.
Subway Station

🚝 Metro

If you prefer the underground, Brescia has its own metro system. It’s got a total of 17 stops.

From the northern suburbs to the southeast, across the city center. Efficient, clean, and fast; 15-20 minutes from end to end. No traffic, no fuss.

You can now pay directly by tapping your credit card at the entrance.

🚕 Taxi

If traditional taxis are more your speed, you’ll find them at the airport, train station, and city center.

Use one of the Italian Taxi App, which is easier and more practical than hailing a taxi from the street.

View of the parking area in Brescia.
Brescia Centro parking

Where to stay in Brescia

🛏 Budget: Hotel Ambasciatori

A budget-friendly hotel in Brescia with a cozy bed, tables and chairs, lamp and TV.
Hotel Ambasciatori – Photo © Expedia

If you’re on a budget, check out Hotel Ambasciatori Brescia. It’s perfectly located; main route, city center to the north, and only 700 meters from the historic heart.

Some rooms overlook the Castle, with panoramic and picturesque views. For work or pleasure, it’s comfy and elegant.

And the hotel is near everything. Santa Giulia Museum, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Loggia, BrixiaRomana, and so much more. Art treasures are just steps away. 

Excellent hotel, large and quiet rooms with a very comfortable king-size bed, very large and clean bathroom with shower and a bidet. Lovely sitting room to have tea or drinks. Real old-school hotel with modern amenities.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ jokin, february 2023

🛏 Midrange: Areadocks Boutique Hotel

Want the best bang for the buck? Head to Areadocks Boutique Hotel. Right in the heart of Brescia. 400 meters from the historic center. Close to the motorway and railway station.

They’ve got 13 rooms. Design elements, vintage pieces, and contemporary street art. It’s eclectic, unique, and beautiful.

The hotel has four restaurants and six cocktail bars, rooftop spa service.

And all that’s just the beginning. Enjoy a unique breakfast, or shop for clothing and accessories.

It’s a world in itself. Plus, they’ve got complementary bikes, e-bikes, and electric scooters which let you explore Brescia in style.

Grazie I loved this amazing hotel ❤️ I loved the interior designs of the room and hotel and the great selection of very classy and different restaurants and bars, and clothing shops, a pastry shop and ice cream shop all in the one complex 😍 hope to get the opportunity to come back for a longer stay to enjoy all it has to offer grazier mille 🙏😍

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ GREG, JUNE 2023

🛏 Luxury: AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott

A luxury hotel in Brescia with a cozy bed and side table.
AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott – Photo © Expedia

AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott is the place to be if you want VIP treatment.

Perfectly located close to the city center and the railway station.

The hotel features spacious rooms, a fitness center, a contemporary AC Lounge restaurant serving Italian and international cuisine, a beautiful foyer, meeting rooms, and much more.

Perfect for business and leisure. With the nearest bus stop just a few steps away, you’ll be able to take a trip anywhere in Brescia.

 I like the breakfast, a lot of choices, everything is fresh and tasty.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ GLORIA, APRIL 2022

When is the best time to visit Brescia, Italy?

Brescia shines throughout the year, each season flaunting its own distinct charm. Spring in Brescia is vibrant and mild, making it an ideal time to wander the city streets. 

Summer brings warmth, perfect for indulging in delicious Italian cuisine and reveling in the bustling piazzas.

As the seasons shift to autumn, the vineyards take on a golden hue, marking the start of wine festivals and the harvest season. 

Winter might be chilly, but the city is enchanting with festive Christmas markets and the comforting aroma of mulled wine. Brescia is a joy to visit any time of the year.

For the best overall experience, spring (April to June) and early fall (September and October) are exceptional.

The weather during these periods is comfortably warm, the city is full of vibrant colors, and outdoor activities are plentiful.

Additionally, spring initiates the festival season, providing an opportunity to engage in rich cultural experiences.

If you’re traveling on a budget, consider visiting in the late fall and winter months, excluding the festive period.

November through February usually sees fewer tourists, leading to potentially lower prices for accommodations and flights. 

One of the famous statues in Brescia.

How long should you stay in Brescia, Italy?

The duration of your stay in Brescia really depends on your itinerary. For a quick getaway, a weekend in Brescia allows enough time to explore the city’s highlights. 

If you can extend your trip to a week, you’ll be able to delve deeper into what Brescia has to offer: museums, piazzas, cafes, and more. 

For a more comprehensive experience, consider setting aside a few extra days for day trips to nearby areas like Lake Garda and Franciacorta.

Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, Brescia is a place that invites you to relax, take your time, and savor every moment.

Important tips when visiting Brescia

📌 First off, pack comfy shoes. Brescia is an explorer’s dream with historic piazzas and twisting alleyways. You’ll be missing out if you don’t go on walks.

📌 You also have to consider the weather. Summer is hot in Brescia. Really hot. If you visit during summer, hydrate, remember your sunscreen, and wear a hat. Winter is pretty mild but you’ll want to pack a jacket or two. 

📌 Hit up the local cafes. This isn’t just about caffeine (though Italian coffee is divine). The locals hang out at the cafes and it’s a good way to get the city’s pulse, not to mention meeting new folks and making new friends.

📌 You might have heard the adage, “Old is gold.” It holds even more true here. Museums, Roman ruins, medieval streets, and so much more to explore. Get a city map, and mark these spots. Because you don’t want to miss any of it.

📌 One of the things not to do when visiting Italy is don’t skip out on Italian food. I know, I know, you’re thinking “Duh!” But Brescia is Lombardy’s hidden culinary gem. Treat your tastebuds!

📌 Watch your stuff and keep your belongings close. Like any touristy place, Brescia has its fair share of pickpockets. Don’t worry, it’s still a very safe city; it’s just that a little precaution will go a long way.

📌 Learn a few Italian phrases like, “Grazie”, “Prego”, and “Dov’è il bagno”. It’s about making an effort; the locals will appreciate it.

📌 Lastly (and most importantly), have fun, okay? Brescia’s waiting for you with open arms. You’re about to make some memories you won’t soon forget. Soak it all in, and make sure to collect memories and stories.

The entrance of a historical building in Brescia.
Historical Centre

Frequently Asked Questions about Brescia

What is Brescia known for?

Brescia, the Lioness of Italy, is a living, breathing history book.

It’s got UNESCO sites, like the Monastery of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia, now a fascinating museum, and the ancient Roman Forum area.

The cityscape includes breathtaking medieval structures, like Brescia Castle and the Old and New Cathedrals.

The city is also an industrial champ, renowned for its steel and metalwork. For car enthusiasts, it hosts the iconic Mille Miglia car race.

Consider yourself a foodie? You’re in luck. Brescia dishes up mouth-watering Lombardy cuisine like stuffed pasta and creamy polenta.

Not to mention, it’s part of the Franciacorta wine region, heaven for sparkling wine lovers.

Art lovers aren’t left out either. Brescia has an impressive array of art museums and galleries, featuring not only contemporary art but also historic art. 

Why is Brescia called the Lioness of Italy?

The first to use the appellation “Lioness of Italy” was a great Risorgimento poet Aleardo Aleardi in his Canti Patrii of 1857.

It comes from the so-called “The Ten Days of Brescia” a revolt of the citizens of Brescia against Austrian oppression, which took place from 23 March to 1 April 1849.

During these ten days, the citizens of Brescia rebelled against the Habsburg forces, valiantly resisting their constant bombings and attacks.

The revolt was finally put down and the victims among the citizens were more than a thousand.

Despite the defeat, the pride shown by the insurgents in the fighting earned the city of Brescia the gold medal as “meritorious of the national Risorgimento” in 1899, as well as the famous nickname of “Lioness of Italy“.

A plaza filled with people in Brescia.

Does it snow in Brescia Italy?

Sure does! But it’s not so bad.

Winters are chilly but mild. You might see a few flurries, especially in the hills surrounding the city. Snow in Italy adds a whole new charm to this historic place.

However, there are many ski resorts near Brescia where you can enjoy some winter wonders go skiing snowboarding, and more.

My favorite one is Ponte di Legno, where I often go, but there are many more.

What is the main piazza in Brescia?

That’d be Piazza della Loggia. It’s this stunner of a square with Venetian-style buildings, a clock tower, and lots of cafes.

Great spot for a cappuccino, people-watching, and exploring Brescia.

However, all the ones mentioned in the section above are equally popular and worth visiting.

View of Brescia from the Brescia Castle.

What do you call someone from Brescia?

So, in Italian, you’d call a person from Brescia a Bresciano if they’re a dude, and a Bresciana if they’re a lady. In English, you’ll just call them a Brescian.

What language do they speak in Brescia?

Italian’s the main language, no surprises there. But don’t be shocked if you hear a bit of the local dialect, Bresciano.

It’s a version of Lombard, which is spoken in the Lombardy region. 

View of Brescia City from the castle.

Wrapping Up: Things to do in Brescia Italy

And there you have it. A taste of Brescia. A city that dances to its own rhythm. A place where the old meets new, where each corner tells a tale. 

I bet you’re dreaming of cobblestone streets, delicious cuisine, and Italian sunsets already.

That’s the Brescia effect. I hope this guide plants a seed. That it nudges you to pack your bags and grab your passport.

Maybe you’re wondering, is Brescia really that magical? Well, I can’t answer that. Only you can.

One thing I know for sure – travel’s not just about the destination. It’s the journey, the experiences, the memories.

And Brescia’s got a whole lot of that waiting for you. So go on, put Brescia on your map. You won’t regret it.

And when you’re finally sitting in that Italian cafe, sipping espresso, breathing in Brescia – remember this.