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Brescia is a city in the region of Lombardy, situated at the foot of the
Alps. It has a population of around 200 000 people. It is close to several
large and well known cities: Milan to the west (around 50 minutes by train) and
to the east you can find Verona (around 40 minutes by train) and Venice (around
2 hours by train). Another attraction of Brescia is its proximity to the lakes
of Garda, the largest lake in Italy, and Iseo.
Although less known than neighbouring cities, Brescia is rich in history. It is an old city that was conquered by the Romans circa 225BC but its history goes back centuries before that. You can feel the historic aura all around the old town and there’s plenty of buildings you can visit for a dive into the past.
As mentioned, Brescia is an old city
and it has plenty of historic buildings. We can suggest you some of them worthy
of a visit:
The Capitolium (Tempio Capitolino):
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Capitolium was once the centre of the
Roman city of Brixia (todays Brescia). It is part of an archaeological site
that also includes a Roman amphitheatre and S.Giulia museum.
The Castle of Brescia (Castello di Brescia):
“Falcon of Italy” because of its position on a hill overlooking the city. It houses
the Luigi Marzoli Arms Museum as well as the Risorgimento Museum. Admission to
the castle itself is free of charge.
The New and Old Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Duomo Vecchio):
Fun fact is that in Brescia
there are two Cathedrals! The Old Cathedral was built in the 11th
century. Construction on the New Cathedral started in the first half of the 17th
century but wasn’t finished until 1825. They stand next to each other in Piazza
Paolo VI also known as Piazza Duomo.
Lake Garda and Lake Iseo (Lago di Garda, Lago d’Iseo):
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. Its wider part to the south is
surrounded by morainic, while the narrow northern part is enclosed by the
mountains that provide a very mild Mediterranean climate. Iseo Lake is in the
Val Camonica area, near the cities of Brescia and Bergamo. It retains
its natural environment, with its lush green mountains surrounding the crystal
all have stereotypes about people and perhaps in particular about
nationalities. Italians are not spared these stereotypes. It is worldwide
believed that Italians are really loud, only eat pizza and pasta, go crazy over
football, are terrible drivers and use “Mamma Mia!” at all times. But…is
It’s up to
you to discover the true. Challenge your prejudice and keep an open mind! But
first, let’s see some common Italian habits:
Italians love coffee and there seems to be an almost
endless amount of options. They drink coffee at breakfast, they drink coffee
during the day, they drink coffee after their meals. Anytime can be time for a coffee,
alone or with someone!
Here you can find some options for coffee:
Caffè: Simply a shot of espresso,
it’s served in a tiny cup.
Cappuccino: 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed
milk and 1/3 foam
Macchiato caldo/freddo: An espresso with a bit of
steamed milk (hot milk or cold milk)
Caffè d’Orzo: A caffeine-free alternative,
made from barley
When going to Italy it is of course important to learn
some Italian but there is another language you need to learn and it is the
language of gestures. Italians like speaking with their hands and they have
gestures that have specific meanings. Try to learn some!
Happy hour – Aperitivo
An aperitivo (or apéritif) is often
described as being similar to the American happy hour, but in reality, it’s
much more than that. It is a pre-meal drink specifically meant to whet your
appetite. So at around 18/18.30 p.m. Italians meet to relax over a glass of
wine or a light cocktail and finger foods.
The speciality of Brescia is the PIRLO (known as
Spritz in the other cities). It contains white wine (usually Franciacorta),
Campari (or Aperol) and seltzer!
When you meet someone new in Italy, it’s normal to shake your hands.
Giving two (or sometimes three) kisses on the cheek is common between friends
or people from the same age!
They are kind
of stuffed pasta. The casoncelli alla
bresciana are stuffed with a mixture of bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic,
parsley, nutmeg and broth. They are typically served with burro e salvia:
melted butter flavoured with sage leaves.
Spiedo is a traditional dish that has been
eaten for centuries. Different meats are skewered with slices of potato and
sage leaves in between the meats, salted and drizzled with butter, as they cook
slowly on the revolving spit.
minced pork meat together with the pork fat, bagged in strand. With potatoes or
onions, or beans with polenta, the sausage can be savoured with various other
delicacies to delight your palate.
La Romana: Via Spalto S. Marco, 1
-Gelateria Del Biondo: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 115
-Gelateria Lapecoranera: Piazza della Vittoria, 8
In the city centre:
-Urban Cafè: Via Moretto, 15
-Vescovado Cafè: Piazza Vescovado, 1
-Dolcevita: Piazza Paolo VI, 21
-Torre d’Ercole: Via Carlo Cattaneo, 29/B
-The Black Sheep: Via Tosio, 15
-Xander Beer: Via Dalmazia, 23/a
-John Eleven: Via Pusterla, 4
– Elda Pirleria: Via delle Battaglie, 54
-Carmen Town: Via Fratelli Bandiera, 3
-Sottoscala: Via di Porta Pile, 7
Around Arnaldo square:
-Belle Epoque: Via Trieste, 65
-La Bodeguita: Corso Magenta, 69
-Pi-Greco Bar Bottega: Via Corfù, 64
-La Prosciutteria: Piazza della Vittoria, 5
-Molly: Corsia del Gambero, 19
Piccinelli dal 1862: Viale Duca degli Abruzzi, 115
-El Forner, Corso Martiri della Libertà, 23/a