Fine wine, impressive nature and lashings of history: these are the features of the region that extends from Franciacorta to the Val Camonica.
Brescia is the ideal starting point for a trip that’s all about culture, art and events. Taking a stroll through the streets and alleys is the best way to visit the numerous churches, with the must-sees including the complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia. The ancient history of the city can be rediscovered by visiting the remains of Roman Brixia.
Not far from the city you will come across a truly breathtaking panorama: the vineyards and reservations of the Franciacorta area invite you to lose yourself amid the enchanting paths, authentic flavours and impressive landscape. Along the “Strada dei Vini” (Wine Road), lined with wonderful vineyards and ancient monasteries, a visit to a winery followed by a tasting session is the best way to learn about the history of this area and the families that have always been dedicated to making wine here. There are a total of 5 cycle routes, all of which are suitable for riders of all ages and levels, including tourists who are not generally keen cyclists, and families with children.
And then there is the Val Camonica, also known as the “Valle dei Segni” (Valley of Signs) for the richness of the rock art there, as evinced by the Rock Engravings National Park in Naquane (Capo di Ponte), which was the first place in Italy to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, back in 1979. But the valley is also one of the favourite haunts of those who love winter sports, hiking in the silence of the natural world or going on long bike rides along the numerous cycle routes.
Last of all, if you want to re-charge your proverbial batteries and get pampered between visits to different sites, you should stop off at the Boario spas in Darfo.
Discover the Duomo Vecchio and the Duomo Nuovo – Brescia is home to two different cathedrals, the old and the new
Hear the tolling of the astronomical clock in Piazza della Loggia
Visit the Lombard monastic complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011
Immerse yourself in the history of Brescia Castle, which provided the backdrop to the famous 10-day Uprising (Dieci Giornate di Brescia) and is today one of the city’s main green spaces
Visit the archaeological area of the Capitolium and the Roman Forum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The civic and religious heart of the Roman city in the Middle Ages, the Capitoline Temple was buried by landslides and only rediscovered in the 19th century
Lose yourself as you pedal around the vineyards and wineries of the “Strada del Vino’ (Wine Road) of the Franciacorta area
Admire the Camunian rock engravings at Capo di Ponte
Go skiing in Borno or Montecampione. Or, during the summer, walk or pedal along the trails and cycle routes
Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the vintage cars on display at the museum of the legendary Mille Miglia race
Accompany the area’s refined cuisine and full-flavoured cheeses with some stylish sparkling wine from Franciacorta