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Brescia
Travel Guide

Brescia featuring château or palace and heritage elements

Famous for hosting Italy’s Mille Miglia classic car rally, this city is also home to historic sights including Roman ruins and Romanesque churches.  

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Brescia
DoubleTree by Hilton Brescia
4 out of 5
Viale Europa 45, Brescia, BS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $105 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Mompiano, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Brescia and Stadio Mario Rigamonti. Piazza della Loggia and Duomo Vecchio (La Rotonda) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Passage a Brescia
"Sympathique"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Brescia
Novotel Brescia 2
Novotel Brescia 2
4 out of 5
Via Pietro Nenni 22, Brescia, BS
Free cancellation
The price is CA $91 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
This family-friendly Brescia hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Freccia Rossa, Piazza della Loggia, and Santa Giulia Museum. Elnos ...
4.3/5Excellent! (440 reviews)
Great place
"Very nice hotel"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2020

Novotel Brescia 2
AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott
AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott
4 out of 5
Via Giulio Quinto Stefana 3, Brescia, BS
The price is CA $89 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in Porta Milano, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Piazza della Loggia and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Santa Giulia Museum. Mille Miglia Museum is 3.5 mi (5.6 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (220 reviews)
Would use again if needed
"Hotel is new good size rooms and bathroom. Location is bit drab. Being a chain name should put tea and coffee in rooms as this would be expected from overseas guests. Did not have breakfast but it look good."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

AC Hotel Brescia by Marriott
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Santellone Resort
Santellone Resort
4 out of 5
Via del Santellone, 116/120, Brescia, BS
The price is CA $188 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Villaggio Badia, this spa property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brixia Expo, Elnos Shopping, and Piazza della Loggia. Freccia Rossa and Duomo Vecchio ...
4.1/5Very Good! (83 reviews)
"On checkin we were advised that we would incur an additional 180 Euro charge to use the advertised pool. Customer care was extremely poor. All the manager was interested in discussing was the % he had to pay Expedia for our booking."

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2019

Santellone Resort
La Quiete Depandance
La Quiete Depandance
Castenedolo, Lombardy
The price is CA $105 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Situated in Castenedolo, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mille Miglia Museum, Museo Bergomi, and Centro Fiera del Garda. Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo ...
La Quiete Depandance
Vibrant Luxury Designer Apartment in Downtown
Vibrant Luxury Designer Apartment in Downtown
Brescia, Lombardy
Located in the center of Brescia, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza della Loggia, Brescia Castle, and Duomo Vecchio ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Ricercatezza e modernità a Brescia
"Proprietario dell'appartamento molto disponibile e cordiale, attento a rendere piacevole ogni aspetto del soggiorno. Appartamento pulito, dotato di ogni confort, ricercato nell'arredamento e molto accogliente. Posizione centralissima e strategica per ogni spostamento ed esigenza."

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2019

Vibrant Luxury Designer Apartment in Downtown
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