BRESCIA, THE CITY OF FOUNTAINS

Renowned for its industries and its economic activities, Brescia is worth getting to know for its history which can be read in a stratified way along the streets of the old city, in the squares, in the antique buildings and in the churches. It is not as famous as Verona, Venice or Milan, but it can become one of those special places where one can make amazing discoveries. 

It is, for example, a worthwhile thing to take in the atmosphere of the city and ask oneself, where did the Brescians get their idea to build fountains, a fashion that has been carried on over the centuries? In 1651, for example, the poet Dotti described Brescia as decorated with a thousand fountains. Today, the photographer Danilo Allegri has told their story in the photographic book, “The thousand fountains of Brescia” almost as if they were “the ladies” of the city.In many cases they can be found in private courtyards. It is a vast and unimaginable heritage that unfolds from courtyard to courtyard, from building to building in the central and historical roads of the city. It is a heritage that only patient searching can uncover, with an investigation that unfortunately carries its own risks. The doors may be kept shut, the refusal as courteous as it can be, until you run into those, and it’s by no means rare, gentle and polite people who you will meet “face to face”, listening to them tell you everything about their fountain, abandoning themselves to the memory of facts and anecdotes, faded over time, which regard everything about the fountain, the courtyard, the house and then become a personal biography. 

Brescia in 4 steps

Today in Brescia there are many fountains visible to the public: the fountain of Pallata dating from the end of the 1500s with 4 allegorical figures ...

THE CASTLE OF BRESCIA is one of the best-conserved fortresses of northern Italy: it’s almost 400 years old ...

SANTA GIULIA is Unesco world heritage since June 2011 for its fulcrum, the Lombard church of San Salvatore ...

A stroll in the heart of the city is always interesting to understand the atmosphere of the city ...

Questions and Answers

LO SCULTORE is a restored trattoria, but the atmosphere remains one of those typical Italian taverns ...

Greatly appreciated by the visitors of the museumsis the restaurant AL FRATE, located on the same street as Santa Giulia ...

To try the traditional dishes of Brescian cooking such as malfatti with butter and sage, braised donkey or bertagni ...

If you’re looking for live music, try LA VECCHIA PRAGA,beer hall with a kitchen ...

The report of Brescia

Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. 

 

 

The Museum of Santa Giulia has undergone the cuts of the culture ministry and it happens that one has to wait for the opening of one hall or another.