just down the street from the tempio capitolino is the museo della citta. santa giulia was a medieval church built on the ruins of an ancient roman village. the church now houses the museo della citta, (city museum) of brescia. the museum has an excellent collection of medieval and roman sculpture and architectural reliefs. under the museum are a number of beautiful roman mosaic floors. a must see site in brescia.
Brescia Calcio was born in 1911, and is one of the smaller clubs in the Italian Serie A. Since 1984, when they got up from the third division, they have gone like a train between the first and second division. Since 2000, anyway, they have managed to survive in Serie A every year. Which, for a club that has never won anything, is a big success.
I always like to see Brescia, and tries to go there as often as possible when I’m in Italy. The team normally plays an entertaining football, and the supporters always create a great atmosphere at the games, including fantastic choreographies.
After last season, 03/04, unfortunately the team lost their biggest and most famous starplayer, Roberto Baggio, who decided to retire from the lovely sport football.
I got the favour to see his last two games live at the stadium, and those games are something that I won’t forget during my whole life.
During his last game, at San Siro, against Milan, the whole stadium stood up during a couple of minutes, applauding this player in the opponent-team. Let go that Baggio earlier during his career has played also for Milan.
Brescia-supporters are among the best in Italy. Together with Milan, Roma and Fiorentina I rank them at top 3. Although both Milan and Brescia continues to go to the games even if their team is losing (upps, there I lost some Roma-readers :) ). The Brescia-supporters, divided in many different groups, are wellknow for making fantastic choreographies, create a great atmosphere and being one of the supportergroups that hardest tries to prevent football from being to modern. Their protests against the high ticket-prices, the corruption and pay-per-view-matches on tv are common.
For this season (04/05) the classic group "Ultras Brescia" disappeared, while other groups returned to the stadium. So I shouldn't say too much about different groups, yet anyway.
Earlier "Ultras Brescia" and "CUCN" (Commando ultra curva nord) was standing on the longside of the stadium, while other groups of ultras had their home in the curva. After "Ultras Brescia" went away, the groups in the tribuna have changed place, and now stands in the other curva, close to the away-supporters.
That's not too important however. More important is that you really should go to a Brescia-game at Stadio Rigamonti. But hurry up, since that stadium might not exist for too much longer.
Only small parts of the stadium is covered by roof, and these tickets are really expensive (50 euro and up), but you'¦ll see as good from the section under that (still on the headtribune). There you'll pay 25-30 euro for a ticket. Only problem there is that the seats aren't numbered, so if you arrive five minutes before kick-off you'¦ll have problems to find a good seat.
The tickets for the curva is cheaper, but it could also be a bit more dangerous to go there, specially if you aren't used to see a football-game from that position.
The squares of the main streets of the town are lined by arcades that once contained the fruit and vegetables markets.
On this picture you can see the arcades in Via di X Giornate, which connects centre of the town (Corso Zanardelli) and Piazza di Loggia. Some of most attractive town shops are situated under this arcades.
The exterior of the Broletto preserves its original appearance, while in the courtyard one loggia in the Baroque stayle was added. Frescoes attributed to Gentile da Fabriano were found in the Capella Ducale in 1986.
Nowadays a part of the Broletto serving as the Prefecture of the town of Brescia
San Faustino in Riposo is probably the oldest church in Brescia. It is situated in a small passage beneath the Porta Bruciata which leads in direction of Piazza Tito Speri. Nothing you can see indicate it is an church, except the bell-tower which is visible only from the Square of Tito Speri.
Unfortunately, by the time of my vicit the church was closed for public visitors.
Torre Pegol, known also as Torre del Popolo, was constructed in 1187 of the famous stone from Botticino. It is incorporated in bewtween the old Town Hall and the little church of Sant' agostino. The tower served as the Campanile of the town and it has 54 meters of height.
Torre dell'Orologio, the Clock Tower, built in 1547, is situated on the Piazza di Loggia, right opposite to the Palazzo Pubblico, or Loggia. Beneath the Clock Tower is a passageway which leads to Piazza Paolo VI, where the main attractions of the town are situated.
The church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, originally built in 1488-1560, was completely destroyed in the Second World War. After the War it was rebuilt preserving intact an elaborately carved Renaissance facade. The church contains copy of work by Moretto "St Nicholas of Bari with his Pupils", while the original is in the Pinacoteca Tosio-Martinengo. In the presbitery you can see the works of the local artists from the 16th century.
The ground floor of the Torre della Pallata is decorated with an beautiful fountain, which is meeting point for the locals. The fountain is made of the white marble from Botticino. The marble of many Brescian monuments comes from Botticino, starting from the Roman era when it was extracted using wooden wedges, which after being water soaked, expanded and split the stone.
The fountain represents allegoric scene of Brescia and its rivers Mella and Garza.
Built in the second half of the 15th century, this is one of the biggest castles in the north of Italy.
Inside the castle, there are two Museums;
- Museo Civico del Risorgimento
- Museo Civico delle Armi Antiche Luigi Marzoli
the visit of the Castle is free but not for the museums.
Apart from the Castle iself, it offers beautiful views of Brescia (see other tip).
- Main: Main entrance
- Second: Drawbridge (first half of the 14th century)
- Third: Prisoners' Tower (1.337-1.403)
- Fourtt: Mirabella Tower
Il Duomo Nuovo, the New Cathedral, begun in 1604 by the local architect Giovanni Battista Lantana on the site of the old, so-called "summer cathedral" San Pietro, but it was completed only in 1914.
The front facade is richly decorated by the statues and over the main entrance stands the bust of Cardinal Querini (later became Pope Paul VI), made by Antonio Calegari.
Inside the cathedral there is a tomb of the bishop Saint Apollonius with beautiful carving attributed to Maffeo Olivieri.
The palace of Monte di Pieta Vecchio is situated on Piazza della Loggia. It was built in the 15th century and an addition was made in 1597. In the construction of the palace stones of Roman buildings and monuments were used, ecpecially for the archway. Woth of note is a small Venetian styled balcony on the front facade of the palace.
The church of San Francesco, St. Francis, was built in 1254-1265, and it has a handsome facade. In fact, the whole church looks very beautiful in particularly the rear side where the presbitery is situated.
Inside the church contains paintings from the 14th century, works of Moretto.
In 1394 the cloister was added to the church.
Beautiful Clock Tower, Torre della Pallata, is situated at the cross of Corso Garibaldi and Via Pace. The 31 metres tower was constructed in the 13th century under the designs of Bagnadore. It is one of the emblems of the town of Brescia.