» Italy, Brescia – Interesting City Half the Way Between Milano and Venice
Italy, Brescia – Interesting City Half the Way Between Milano and Venice
Brescia is Italy's hidden gem. It is easy to miss as there many towns, cities, and other places around which are promoted by tourist book guides. Milano, Gardo and Como lakes are only some of many. Yet there is a lot to see in Brescia actually. Moreover, the city sits on former important Roman trade route.
Let's strat on Piazza del Foro. You will feel the atmosphere of ancient Rome. Back then, Brescia was Brixia and this square was surrounded with amazing, huge structure. Near this square, there is a fenced area designating an archeological excavation site showing traces of the then Roman settlement.
Tempio Capitolino rises above the square. Today, unfortunately, we may only see its faded glory. Only six Corinthian columns of white marble which is in stark contrast to bricks used during its 19th century restoration. Built in 73 AD, the temple was devoted to gods Jupiter, Minerva, and Juno. Inside the temple, there is original altar, and colorful marble composing the floor.
Next we are headed to Castello. This castle rises above the historic center. A paved walkway leads up to it. Once it belonged to Visconti family, a mighty Medieval dynasty that ruled Milano. The castle was fortified in the 13th century. However, its current massive outer ramparts and a drawbridged were added only during the rule of Venice. Currently, it houses the Armament Museum and the Museum of Risorgimento.
Let's us leave the castle for Piazza della Loggia the history of which is related to the time of Venetian overlords. Note a colonnade on square's eastern side. It was made by Sansovino and Palladio in the 15th century. The colonnade is adorned by Torre dell’Orologio with the gigantic 16th century clock.
Duomo Nuovo cathedral makes it to the list the most interesting sights in the city as one of its main sacral sights. The construction began in the 17th century yet it sits on the older St Peter's cathedral from the 5th century. Built in the 19th century, cathedral's main dome is one of the highest in Italy. Unfortunately, the church was destroyed during the WWII. What you can see today is a brilliant post-war restoration of the original structure. Inside the cathedral, note the memorial to Pope Paul VI, native to Brescia.
Pěkný kontrast s katedrálou tvoří sousední románská rotunda neboli stará katedrála, která se řadí k nejvýznamnějším příkladům románské architektury v Itálii. S největší pravděpodobností byla postavena v 11. století. Vedle vchodu do katedrály si všimněte hrobky z červeného mramoru z počátku 14. století, v níž spočívá biskup Berard Maggio.
No uznejte sami, že po profláklých Benátkách je tohle zajímavá změna.
GPS: 45°32'35.6"N 10°13'38.5"E
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Allan Parsons, SteffenettiE, Studio95, Manfred Heyde, Wolfgang Moroder
If you visit the Emilia-Romagna region or the area around Parma, you will certainly fall for the temptation lurking at you in the form of famous delicacies. Bite with us to delicious products. Enchanted by the beauties of Parma, we headed for one of the many farms that offers an experience not only for the eyes but also for the taste and smell of the senses.
The city of fashion and design, finance, sports and nightlife. This is what attracts many to Milan. And once you get to this city even though your primary destination were landmarks, you can not miss out on this side, which makes it the richest city in the country.
Not only the busy fashion streets are present in the city, but also the space to relax in the shade of the city parks will offer its visitors Milan. Of a number of parks, do not miss at least the city center. And this is not only because Castello Sforzesco Castle is located here.
Milan is a city of religious history, as evidenced by the number of saints who have been here during their lives. But its greatest pride is undoubtedly the city center with the cathedral. Il Duomo di Milano can be found on all the pictures of the city, so when you visit Milan you shloud not miss this architectural gem. In the following lines we will go through not only her interior, but we will also visit the roof.
Who loves music must know this city. Today, we are going tp Cremona, the town famous for violins. We will visit several monuments and introduce some personalities, including the famous poet Vergilius who studied here.
Cremona is the place to nourish all your senses. We have seen and touched beautiful architectural jewels, listened to irresistible sounds of violin, and it is time to reward our taste buds. In the city, you do not just feel the scent of wood and see the colors of the violin workshops, but you can also smell the goodies they prepare in local taverns.
Italy offers many architectural gems that will take you to different periods of history - from antiquity to the present. Have you heard of a small town that looks like it was from the Middle Ages?
Italy is a country where we can admire many churches from different periods. Parma itself has over sixty. The city offers visitors an architectural and gourmet experience, which certainly cannot do without visiting a church. The sacral buildings attract not only their spiritual atmosphere, but also their art. Come with us to visit a few of them and learn what art jewels are hiding under their vaults.
Join us on a trip to the northeast corner of Italy, to the city that gave rise to the renowned Prosecco wine. But not just it. Do you love sweet dessert as much as we do? If so, then Treviso will be true paradise for you. It is here that the most famous Italian dessert - tiramisu - originates.
Italy offers many interesting sights to admire. People love the country for fashion, nature, cuisine, and art as well. Yet this country is also home to great music. Today we visit the small village of Le Roncole. One of world's most famous music composers – Giuseppe Verdi was born in this very village.
Today we take another look at the beautiful city of Bologna.
Right after Milano, Bergamo is Lombardia's most popular city. It consists of two parts - Citta Alta, the historic center spread over hills, and Citta Bassa, vibrant and lively financial hub. Both parts are joined by a cable car. Moreover, both are split by mighty 16th century Venetian ramparts.
Tourists often consider Bologna to be the most attractive city in Italia. One of the reasons for that is local great food which reached international fame. But before we get to it, let's take a look around.
I used to be a tour guide in Venice. I wanted to show tourists important artists and the works they created in this city where, or near, they lived and worked. Basilica dei Frari – a monumental cathedral near the Rialto bridge offered several types.
Have you never been in Venice, Italy, this is the right time to go there. The center is free of car noise and traffic chaos. The main means of transport are boats of different types, shapes, engines, and speeds. Venice is attractive in any season of the year. However, off season the tourist crowds are the smallest yet even during the season you can get by.
How we can get to Venice and how much many to take with we know already. Today, we make an introduction to city's most important sights and tell you about the omnipresent means of transport in the city - gondola. You can hire it anywhere for agreed upon price (by main sights as well as in narrow canals).
Carnevale di Venezia, the Carnival in Venice, is the most famous Carnival in Europe. Every year it drags myriads of visitors from all-around the world.
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Foto: Jan Chaloupka, July 2012