Shopping in Brescia
Shopping in the centre of town with boutiques, markets and antique dealers
Start from Corso Magenta (enter from piazzale Arnaldo) and walk through the buildings and gardens (the “L. Marenzio” Conservatory and the San Barnaba auditorium), boutiques, bookshops, print shops and a large store offering clothes and household accessories.
Turn into Corso Cavour where, as well as traditional and ethnic shops and those offering home furnishings, you will come across Piazza Moretto, a delightful hidden gem ideal for a tasty break (sweet or savoury, here everything is excellent).
Corso Zanardelli, with porticos along all of one side, offers elegant shopping temptations. Just a little further on you will find the steps leading to the sixteenth century Teatro Grande, the city’s famous theatre, host to the International Piano Festival.
Continuing your walk under the porticoes, turn right and continue into via X Giornate, offering jewellery, books, fashion, perfumes and bars, leading onto Piazza della Loggia.
However, if you take Corso Zanardelli, this leads into Corso Palestro with its sixteenth century houses with facades frescoed by famous artists (Gerolamo Romanino and Lattanzio Gambara, sixteenth century). This street is more like a salon, with its cobbled streets and the refined window displays of the local boutiques.
At the end of Corso Palestro, you reach the junction with Corso Martiri della Libertà, again offering excellent shopping for household goods, clothing, shoes and antiques. Don’t miss the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, with its finely sculpted facade.
Finally, walk along Corso Garibaldi (15 metres from piazza della Vittoria) with its intriguing bohemian atmosphere (some would call it cool) and the unexpected mixture of ethnic shops, bargains galore, boutiques, natural products and gastronomic treats. In the middle of the shopping area we find the thirteenth century torre della Pallata, embellished with crenulations and a bell tower (31 metres high).
This walk goes past several little alleyways; in particular we should mention the nearby via San Francesco d’Assisi, with its Gothic church of the same name (twelfth century): inside are paintings, sculptures, frescoes and two magnificent fifteenth century cloisters.
For more information visit:
Distretto Urbano del Commercio – Comune di Brescia