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Exploring Brescia’s surrounds visitors will find a treasure trove of history and nature

Monday, 28 February 2022 13:41

Exploring the surrounds of the city of Brescia visitors find a treasure trove of history and nature that gives them the chance to enjoy splendid landscapes and views, as they discover ancient architectural and cultural treasures.

A walk which is popular with visitors

A prime example is the promontory of the Rocca di Manerba del Garda, which is accessed by a walk that is very popular with visitors. It is one of Garda’s most panoramic points and its unmistakable silhouette, covered by thick vegetation, can be seen from afar. In the popular imagination it seems to recall the face in profile of Dante Alighieri, Italy’s great poet. 

An archaeological park and a nature reserve

Brought back to light the remains of the fortress now form the heart of the Archaeological Park, which has a fascinating museum. Equally important is the naturalist appearance of the promontory, enhanced by the Rocca and Sasso di Manerba del Garda Nature Reserve where, in a relatively limited area, you find a truly unique variety of plant species. These plants, belonging to many different climates coexist here, united by the reassuring presence of the lake. 

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The largest Napoleonic fortress in Italy

Another unique monument is the Rocca d'Anfo, the largest Napoleonic fortress in Italy, overlooking Lake Idro with fortifications that almost reach the very top of the mountainside, rising from 371 to 1050 metres. Here we find two castles, the older Venetian fortress to the south and the Napoleonic one bordering the northern part of the mountain. To visit them you will require good hiking boots, and you can choose between three routes of varying lengths, all of which are accessible only if accompanied by a guide.

An ancient military stronghold with green areas

In the Val Camonica valley with Breno Castle we find ourselves again in the Middle Ages. It is just a short walk up from the city centre, and from its vantage point you have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Built as a set of towers and palaces under Frederick I Barbarossa (1100 - 1200) and converted into a military stronghold under the Republic of Venice (1400 - 1500), the castle also has prehistoric roots dating back to the 8th century B.C. To visit it is to take a fascinating journey through different eras, and its large green areas are ideal for walks and relaxation.

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