From commercial area to nightlife hub
The former Grain Market in Brescia is a stunning example of a successful redevelopment of an ancient space, which has now become one of the most popular gathering places in the city.
The Grain Market, originally called “il Granarolo”, was built back in 1820 in Piazzale Arnaldo. The neoclassical building, 112 metres long and 15 metres wide, is surmounted by a triangular gable and features a long portico with 20 pillars and round arches. This space is sadly known to the people of Brescia for having been the scene of a battle during the Ten Days of Brescia revolt in 1849 and of an assassination attempt back in the 1870s.
The redevelopment of the space required major renovation work, which led to the refurbishment of thousands of square metres, including the ground floor, first floor and basement. Thanks to this project, today Piazzale Arnaldo and the former Grain Market are one of the main gathering places in the city, where young people meet in the many bars and restaurants or enjoy Brescia’s lively nightlife.