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Brescia

It is the second town for population in Lombardy after Milan. You can easily walk all along it or you can stroll using metro, bus or bike. The historic center is within the ancient walls of venetian period, which were destroyed between the second half of ‘800 and the first years of ‘900. In the northern part of the center there is the big Castle on the Cidneo hill, where you can visit the interesting museums of Risorgimento and of Arms. On the northern slope of the hill you can see the widest city vineyard in Europe where is cultivated Invernenga, an original white grapevine well-known since the roman period.

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Brescia developed during about three thousand years, and this can be easily seen from the different architectonic styles (roman, gothic, romanesque medieval, Renaissance) over the centuries. From 2011, some of its monuments have entered the List of Unesco heritage assets, greatly facilitating the development of tourism in the town. Among them we recall the monumental area of the Roman Forum, the monastery of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia (today Museum of Santa Giulia), the church of Santa Maria in Solario, which contains the precious Cross of King Desiderio, and the Domus dell’Ortaglia. Definitely worthy to be visited are the beautiful squares of Brescia: Piazza Loggia, Duomo Square, Victoria Square, Market Square, all very close to each other. Brescia is the starting point of the famous car race Mille Miglia. Today the race has a new life every May, with the historic re-edition: 1000 miles (Mille Miglia) on the route Brescia-Rome and back.