Discovering Brescia’s rich history
If you’re visiting Brescia, don’t miss the great Santa Giulia Museum, the city’s main museum. Housed in a monastery complex of Lombard origin, it is located in the heart of the historic centre among other landmarks of the city, including Palazzo Tosio, Palazzo del Broletto and the Duomo Vecchio.
The exhibition route takes you through the many rooms of the ancient monastery, offering the opportunity to admire objects and works of art ranging from the Bronze Age to the late 19th century, all from the province of Brescia. We recommend visiting the church of San Salvatore, the old heart of the monastery, and the 15th-century nuns’ choir built next to the church.
The first part of the tour is dedicated to sacred art, with paintings, statues and frescoes. The second part focuses on the history of Brescia and the surrounding area, with works passed down to us from prehistoric times, through the glory of the Roman era and period of splendour under the Lombards and Carolingians, to the domination of the Venetian Republic.