12 things to do in Brescia and its province in the winter

Treat yourself to a rejuvenating getaway with your partner, family or, why not, solo? From strolls in the city centre to relaxation at the spa, from the magic of lakes and villages to experiences discovering local crafts, Brescia and its province await you with a wide proposal of winter opportunities for all needs.

1) Explore the city of Brescia

During winter, Brescia’s beauties are transformed by a magical atmosphere!

Between a tour of the charming squares and alleys, an afternoon of shopping and the many scheduled events, the city in the winter offers endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation: try it to believe it!

Visitare il castello di Brescia durante un weekend in città

And if you would like to treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable stay as a couple, here are some ideas for a romantic weekend in Brescia!

2) Enjoy a vacation in the snow

The mountains of Brescia are… snow, fun, and relaxation! The province’s ski resorts offer many opportunities to have fun or just take a well-deserved break and find yourself surrounded by the silence of nature.

There are several other activities besides skiing: you can experience the thrill of dog sledding, explore snow-covered forests on snowshoes, challenge friends on ice skating rinks, and take off on a state-of-the-art snowmobile!

Discover all the winter mountain opportunities for family ski vacations!

3) Discover contemporary art

History… and much more! From the city to the hinterland, from the three valleys to Lake Garda, many street & urban art works make the province of Brescia an increasingly important hub in the avant-garde art space.

Among the must-see works in the city are Vera Bugatti’s murals and SUBBRIXIA’s installations in the light rail stations. Here’s how Nathalie Du Pasquier’s Mind the Gap changed the face of Vittoria station:

Nathalie Du Pasquier, Mind the gap, ph. Piercarlo Quecchia - DSL Studio

4) Savour the winter atmosphere in Brescia’s villages

From Bienno to Bagolino, from Ponte di Legno to Tremosine, from Monte Isola to Padernello: let yourself be enchanted by the charm of Brescia’s villages in the winter season!

Ponte di Legno innevata

You will find ideal settings for strolling in the open air amidst new emotions and breathtaking views, and getting lost in the little alleys and unique corners that enliven our province.

5) Visit and admire UNESCO Brescia

In Brescia, the winter season is synonymous with great culture!

La Vittoria Alata

Don’t miss a stroll down Via Musei, with a visit to the monastic complex of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia and the Capitolium area, which together form the UNESCO World Heritage of historic Brixia, and the new display of the Winged Victory, the symbol of the city!

6) Experience the magic of the lakes in the winter

Brescia’s lakes never cease to amaze: from being a summer retreat and a destination for sports and relaxing vacations, in the winter they turn into true treasures all to be enjoyed in complete tranquility.

Salò Lago di Garda, panorama

Find out more about lakes in the winter.

7) Tour castles, villas and house museums in the province

Art, culture and monumentality in every corner of the province. Among the sites to enjoy in their winter atmosphere are Palazzo Torri in Nigoline di Corte Franca, Casa Museo Zani in Cellatica, Rocca di Lonato and Fondazione Ugo da Como in Lonato del Garda, and the legendary D’Annunzio complex of Vittoriale degli Italiani in Gardone Riviera.

Casa Museo Zani Brescia - collezione

For fans of ancient strongholds, visits to Montichiari Castle and Padernello Castle are highly recommended.

8) Taste award-winning excellence

Brescia confirms itself as the epicenter of gastronomic excellence and a great culinary tradition. Restaurants, osterias, trattorias, bistros, pastry shops: from the city to Lake Garda, from Franciacorta to the plain, there are many locations featured in the leading gastronomic guides.

9) Meet local artisans

Among the opportunities to experience together with the people you love, don’t miss the chance to meet local artisans and witness their workmanship as they bring unique artifacts to life!

Check out the full list of Make in Brescia experiences.

10) Discover Brescia folklore

Brescia, land of folklore: from Bagolino Carnival (Sabbia Valley) to the capture of the Badalisc of Cevo (Camonica Valley), myths and folklore are handed down from generation to generation, bringing together entire communities around popular rituals that draw audiences from all over the world.

Carnevale di Bagolino

11) Relax at the spa

Le Terme a Brescia e provincia

In anticipation of the imminent opening of the large spa complex in Ponte di Legno, Terme di Sirmione and Terme di Boario are the ideal choice when you want a break from everyday life and rejuvenate in the warmth of water springs. Try it to believe it!

12) Taste artisanal wines, grappas and spirits

Brescia’s craftsmanship also embraces the world of grappas and spirits, which are made in many areas of the province. Traditional methods are handed down from generation to generation, creating local excellence with an authentic spirit.

In addition to spirits and wines, there are many seasonal products, from lemons to saffron to olive oil and sausages: discover the Taste in Brescia producers.