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Enjoying Brescia

It is a city in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, between the Mella and the Naviglio, with a population of around 191,000. It is the second largest city in Lombardy, after the capital, Milan. Brescia is known as the “Lioness of Italy” (Leonessa d’Italia) after ten days of popular uprising that took place in the city in the spring of 1849 against Austrian rule.

The city is at the centre of the third-largest Italian industrial area, concentrating on mechanical and automotive engineering and machine tools.
The financial sector is also a major employer, and the tourist trade benefits from the proximity of Garda Lake, Iseo Lake and the Alps.

Brescia has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times and a number of Roman and medieval monuments are preserved, among the latter the prominent castle.

The plan of the old town is rectangular, and the streets intersect at right angles, a peculiarity handed down from Roman times, though the area enclosed by the medieval walls is larger than that of the Roman town, which occupied the north-eastern quarter of the current “Centro storico” (the old town).

Brescia offers unexpected and precious ancient monuments and artistic collections. 

For more information about Brescia, its history and its monuments, see the related sites.