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The Visit Brescia agency’s unique spring itineraries in the city and around its province

Friday, 04 March 2022 11:00

All Visit Brescia's ideas for unique outdoor spring experiences in the city and its province - from archaeological sites and UNESCO masterpieces to castles, fortifications and parks - are examples of historical and artistic architecture, ranging from prehistoric eras to contemporary art. In short this is an opportunity to spend time outdoors taking wonderful walks through art and history, and happening upon unexpected treasures.

Exploring the area’s archaeological treasures  

A good way is to take walking tours through woodlands and meadows to learn about the extraordinary story of the prehistoric world. Like the ancient rock carvings on over two thousand rocks in the Camonica Valley, known as the Valley of the Signs. These are so unique in number and importance that as early as 1979 UNESCO declared them a World Heritage Site. Over 200 thousand engravings are catalogued and distributed across 180 sites in 24 municipalities, with origins over a period of more than twelve thousand years, from the Palaeolithic to the Roman period. In the eight dedicated archaeological parks, clear signs allow you to make sense of this fantastic and complex figurative language, written on boulders of various shapes and sizes - some reaching 50 meters and made up of a hundred figures.

5_Rocca_di_Lonato_del_Garda_Visit_Brescia.jpgItaly’s most grandiose Roman villa complex

On the subject of archaeology, an absolute gem to discover while walking in this area is the Grottos of Catullo, one of the most evocative Italian archaeological areas. They are at the end of the Sirmione peninsula, surrounded by the blue waters of Lake Garda and immersed in green olive trees. The complex - which extends over two hectares - is the most grandiose example of a Roman villa unearthed in Northern Italy thus far and was built in the early imperial age, between the end of the 1st century BC and the beginning of the 1st century AD. 

A villa with polychrome mosaic floors

During the Renaissance it was known as the Caves due to the collapsed rooms covered by vegetation. Also on Lake Garda, not to be missed is a visit to the archaeological area of ​​Desenzano, which houses the remains of a grandiose Roman villa from the 4th century A.D. with extensive polychrome mosaic floors of exquisitely refined workmanship.

The largest area of Roman ruins in northern Italy

Another unmissable archaeological walking tour is along Via Musei, leading to two exceptional UNESCO sites. One is BRIXIA, the Archaeological Park of Brescia Romana, and is the largest area of ​​Roman ruins in northern Italy. In the Capitoline Temple you can admire the symbol of the city, the Winged Victory, a very rare large Roman bronze dating back to the first half of the 1st century A.D.  The Museum of Santa Giulia is an extraordinary complex, unique in Europe, with the remains of Roman domus, churches, cloisters, and with a rich display of sculptures, mosaics, artifacts, artistic objects and treasures such as the Cross of Desiderius, a precious Carolingian piece of the goldsmithing art.

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