The heart of the city’s nightlife
If you want to experience the Brescia nightlife just like the locals, be sure to drop by for an aperitif or dinner at Piazza Arnaldo. On the eastern edge of the historic centre, between Corso Magenta and Via Tosio, this ancient square has recently been redeveloped, converting it from the site of an agricultural warehouse into a popular meeting place, especially among young people.
The most impressive building in the square is the former Grain Market, a 19th-century structure that housed no fewer than twelve underground supply warehouses. Its arcade with pointed arches gives an extremely harmonious, elegant touch. On either side are two fountains, created by Angelo Vita.
The centre of the square features a bronze statue of Friar Arnold of Brescia, who was executed in the 12th century for opposing the opulence and corruption of the Church. Burnt at the stake in Rome, his ashes were scattered in the River Tiber to prevent anyone from venerating his body.