Places of interest: Museums
Piazza Garibaldi 20 - 25033 Cologne
Opening hours: Saturday 2.30-5.30 pm
At the cultural centre - Library
For information: library tel.: 0039 030 7058146
Via Castello 9 - 25121 Brescia
The castle stands on Cidneo Hill, which constitutes an important park area within the city. It is one of the most interesting fortified complexes in Italy, in which signs of the various periods of domination are still evident.
The central keep, the impressive battlemented walls and the tower were built by the Visconti, whereas the massive ramparts and monumental entrance with drawbridge bear witness to the power of the Venetian Republic, which sustained the city for more than four centuries.
Once focus of Brescia’s famous “Dieci Giornate” rebellion, the castle has now abandoned all belligerence and instead offers visitors the opportunity to stroll on its rolling slopes. The hilltop can be reached from the centre of the old city centre, Piazzetta Tito Speri, by means of Contrada Sant’Urbano. Brescia Castle is one of the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) "Places of the Heart".
The Visconti Keep houses the Luigi Marzoli Arms Museum, one of the most important of its kind in Europe because of the wealth of XV and XVI arms and armour and XVII and XVIII guns in its collections.
The Museum of the Risorgimento is housed in the Grande Miglio (corn store), and has many interesting objects on display: documents, pictures, period prints, and historic relics.
Capitolium - Archaeological Area
Via Musei, 55 - 25121 Brescia
The historic heart of Brescia is home to substantial archaeological remains relating to monumental buildings of the Capitoline area of the ancient city. In Roman times, Brescia - Brixia - was one of the most important cities of northern Italy. The Capitolium was the main temple of every Roman city and was the symbol of the culture of Rome. It was devoted to the cult of the “Capitoline Triad”, made up of the main gods of the Latin pantheon: Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The faithful would gather for the main ceremonies in the space in front, where sacrifices were also made. Today it is possible to enter the temple and see the original parts of its decoration and the furnishing of the large cells. Inside, it still retains the original floors, slabs of coloured marble, arranged to form geometric patterns (opus sectile) that date back to the first century AD. Fragments of cult statues and furniture were also placed inside the cells In addition to stone altars from Botticino, which were found here in the nineteenth century. The tour opens with an account of the long history of this area, its discovery and its functions, in a pleasant atmosphere where images and voices accompany visitors on their journey time.
Museum of Contemporary Art Remo Bianco c/o La Montina
Via Baiana 25040 - Monticelli Brusati
The “La Montina” Estates is the only institution in Europe that can claim ownership of a real contemporary art museum (officially recognised by the Lombardy Region) mainly dedicated to Remo Bianco, (Milan, 1922 - 1988), the world renowned artist famous for his multi-material works that combine varied materials and techniques. The museum periodically houses solo exhibitions by contemporary artists, whose works are brought to life in a unique museum route that winds through cellars, barrels, majestic rooms and bottles resting on the lees.
Ricci Curbastro Agricultural and Wine Museum
Via Adro, 37 - 25031 Capriolo
The Ricci Curbastro Agricultural and Wine Museum is the result of over thirty years of research by Gualberto Ricci Curbastro. Opened in July 1986 and continuously expanded over the years, the museum is a unique place in Franciacorta that preserves thousands of objects that bear witness to the agricultural work of the past, in the buildings of the Azienda Agricola Ricci Curbastro. Four rooms divided by theme can be visited by reservation, to guide you and explain the work in the vineyards, then and now. The Museum is open all year from 9 to 12 and from 2 to 6. The visit lasts one to one and a half hours, for a maximum number of 100 participants.
Santa Giulia - City Museum
Via dei Musei, 81/b Brescia
Journey through the history, art and spirituality of Brescia, from prehistoric to modern times. This unique attraction is housed in a monastery founded by Desiderius, the Lombard king, and his wife Ansa, built on the remains of a pre-existing Roman domus. The monastery of San Salvatore (later called Santa Giulia) had properties in Franciacorta, which are documented as early as 766 (in the diploma of Adelchi). The museum complex includes the basilica of San Salvatore, the oratory of Santa Maria in Solario, the fifteenth-century church of Santa Giulia and Renaissance cloisters. It periodically hosts important art exhibitions.
The Village of Maglio
Via Maglio, 51 - 25050 Ome
Maglio Averoldi is a former mediaeval smithy that is still operational today. It is now a living museum, where you can get to know the history and manufacturing methods of ironworking, one of the most typical traditional activities from the province of Brescia. In particular, it teaches visitors about the art of “bruzafér”, a technique for working red-hot iron, used to create tools, furniture and sculptures, and once widespread in Franciacorta. The first document that mentions Maglio dates back to 1155. After that time, despite ups and downs, the forge remained in business until the death of its last owner, Andrea Averoldi, in 1984. Having been bought and restored by the Municipality, it now offers practical demonstrations of this ancient and valuable work. The house where Andrea Averoldi lived now hosts the collections of Pietro Malossi, an antiquarian from Brescia who collected many valuable objects and works of art and who donated them to the Foundation that bears his name in 1988.
Tosio Martinengo Art Gallery
Piazza Moretto - 25121 Brescia
Brescia Art Gallery, or Pinacoteca, holds a notable collection of artworks by Raphael, Foppa, Savoldo, Moretto, Romanino, Lotto, Ceruti, Hayez, Thorvaldsen, Pelagi, Canella and Canova to name but a few. They are exhibited in 21 rooms reflecting the complex history of the gallery, guiding visitors also on a historical and critical tour that marked its structure from the late 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century.