Brescia 🏛

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.

Places to visit in Brescia🗺

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):

Called the “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 clear lake.

Italian Habits and Customs👍🏽

We 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 everything true?

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:

Coffee

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                                                       

Gestures

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!

Presentation

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!

How do you say…in Italian?💭

(Useful phrases and vocabulary)

Goodmorning/Goodevening Buongiorno/Buonasera
Hello      Ciao
How are you?     Come stai?
Nice to meet you! Piacere!
Please   Per favore
Sorry /Excuse me Scusa
Thank you Grazie
What is your name? Come ti chiami?
My name is…      Mi chiamo…
Where is the bus stop?   Dov’è la fermata del bus?
Sorry, I have to get off here Scusi, devo scendere qui
How do I get to…? Come arrivo a..?
What time is it? Che ore sono?
How much is it? Quanto costa?
I get lost Mi sono perso
I’m late Sono in ritardo
I’m ill so I I’ll not come today Sono malato, non vengo oggi
…is not working … non funziona
…is broken … è rotto
I need… Ho bisogno di…

Typical dishes in Brescia🍽

Typical dishes in Brescia

  • Casoncelli:

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 & polenta

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.

  • Luganega

Bagged fresh 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.

Practical Information💡

Supermarkets

Pam supermarket: Via Fratelli Porcellaga, 26

Conad supermarket: Piazza Vittoria, 2

Coop supermarket: Via Mantova, 106

Carrefour Market: Via Crocefissa Di Rosa, 60

Auchan supermarket: Via Luigi Apollonio, 15

Transports

Train company Trenitalia: https://www.trenitalia.com/

Train company Italo. https://www.italotreno.it/it

Bus company Flixbus: https://www.flixbus.it/

Tourist office

  • INFOPOINT- City centre: Via Trieste 1/Piazza Paolo VI

tel: 030 2400357

mail: infopoint@comune.brescia.it

  • INFOPOINT-Train station: Piazzale Stazione

tel: 030 8378559

mailto:infopoint@comune.brescia.it

NOTE: Be sure to check the integrated app map for even more places!

Where to eat and to drink 🍕🍦🍹

PIZZA

▫️Trattoria caprese: Piazza della Loggia, 11
▫️Ristorante-Pizzeria La Piedigrotta: Via Mazzini, 36
▫️Pizzeria duomo: Via Carlo Cattaneo, 2

ICE CREAM

-Gelateria La Romana: Via Spalto S. Marco, 1
-Gelateria Del Biondo: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 115
-Gelateria Lapecoranera: Piazza della Vittoria, 8

PUBS

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

S.Faustino area:

 -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


For Aperitivo:

-Pi-Greco Bar Bottega: Via Corfù, 64
-La Prosciutteria: Piazza della Vittoria, 5
-Molly: Corsia del Gambero, 19

BAKERY


-Pasticceria Piccinelli dal 1862: Viale Duca degli Abruzzi, 115
-El Forner, Corso Martiri della Libertà, 23/a