Valle Trompia mines, iron, fire, arms and art

The Trompia valley is one of the three most important valleys in Brescia. Due to its their convenient distance from the city (about half an hour) it is also the valley with the closest link to the city of Brescia from a geographic, histori- cal, economic and cultural point of view.

The Trompia valley is like a concentration of the history
of the area. It’s home to the Headquarters of Beretta, the oldest factory in the world for sport and hunting arms. still in operation today.
The mining activity and the ironworks are the soul of the production in Valle Trompia, bringing about new forms of art – like engraving for example – as well as the birth of original arms museums, like those of Gardone, Valtrompia and the Castle in Brescia, which are by far the most important.
Valle Trompia is also host to an important artistic and cul- tural patrimony found in the small churches in the towns. A must visit is certainly the Collection dedicated to Paolo VI, the Pope from Brescia, who was born in Concesio. This col- lection is made up of seven thousand paintings, drawings, prints and modern sculptures by modern and contemporary artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Roualt, Magritte and Dalì, donated by Giovanni Battista Montini (who became Pope Paolo VI in 1963) and which are testimony to the cultural exchange between the artists and the Pope.



The collection is the result of the bequest of Giovanni Battista Montini (1897-1978), who was native of Brescia and became Pope Paolo VI in 1963. It is situated in Concesio , near to the Pope’s home.
This artistic heritage is made up of seven thousand paint- ings, drawings, prints, medals and sculptures from the XXth century. Here we nd works of art by artists among which Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Rouault, Severini, Morandi, Fontana, Manzù, Hartung, Guitton. This proves the deep cultural exchange between the artists and the Pope and his secretary Pasquale Macchi.
Besides the main itinerary, visitors can have access to a spacious educational laboratory and to speci c sections dedicated to graphics and medals.



Nowadays you can experience a breathtaking journey back in time in the Valle Trompia, thanks to the evidence of its cultural and productive past. The tunnels and surface plants of the mines, the furnaces and forges for roasting and smelting minerals are the most important steps along the path of industrial archaeology which has always bonded the Triumplina territory to the city of Brescia. These sites, which have become museums, are open to the public and can be visited following thematic routes, taking part in educational workshops, exhibitions and events organized by the Museum Scheme in Valle Trompia.



The considerable historical, artistic and archaeological religious patrimony of Valle Trompia can be found in the shrines, parishes and churches, a true manifestation of the local spirituality. The itinerary was planned with the aim of bringing attention to the numerous religious sites in the area, as well as promoting the masterpieces they contain, including frescoes, paintings and wooden sculptures, by great artists from Brescia such as Romanino, Moretto and Foppa.

These places can be visited alone or with the help of specialised guides, made available by the Museum System of Valle Trompia.



Valle Trompia offers a lot more: for example, the “Museo Etnogra co di Lodrino” (the Ethnographic Museum), with a collection dedicated to the woods, the breeding of livestock and the mountain artisans, and the “Museo delle Costel- lazioni di Lumezzane”, (Lumezzane Constellation Museum), where you can explore the skies in the Planetarium or in the Sera no Zani Observatory.

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