A dream holiday among the most beautiful lakes in northern Italy. Brescia is ready to wow you with its cultural and artistic offering and breathtaking landscapes ranging from three lakes (Garda, Idro, Iseo) to the Adamello mountain range, without forgetting the gentle hills of Franciacorta and the historic heritage in the heart of the city. It’s an ideal destination for all ages, offering opportunities for entertainment and relaxation suitable to every taste and needs.
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Rich of traditions, art, and history, Brescia boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites – including Camonica Valley Rock Art with Naquane Park, the first archaeological park in Italy and first Italian site to be recognised by UNESCO in 1979 – in addition to museums, castles, historic mansions, and four Most Beautiful Small Towns in Italy: Bienno, Monte Isola, Gardone Riviera and Tremosine sul Garda. It’s a true treasure trove of stunning gems thanks to which Brescia was recognised as the Italian Capital of Culture 2023 together with the city of Bergamo.
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Speaking of excellence, Brescia is the land of important events organised all year round. The ones not to miss are Mille Miglia, the most famous vintage car race which Enzo Ferrari called “the most beautiful race in the world“, and the great events hosted in the exhibition centres Brixia Forum, Centro Fiera Montichiari, and another 100 plus locations throughout the whole province.
The variety of Brescia’s nature favours the practice of sports all year round.
During winter you can enjoy 270 km of pistes at numerous ski resorts, challenge yourself at the snow-park or on a ice rink, take a snowshoe walk in the magic of a winter night and have fun on a sled pulled by dogs, all while enjoying the welcoming atmosphere of over 40 mountain huts. Summer sports mean excursions, hiking, climbing, paragliding, and walk and bike paths like River Oglio Bike Trail and Brescian Valleys’ Greenway. Bike enthusiasts challenge each other along the legendary Alpine stages of Giro d’Italia.
Summer in Brescia means above all lakes, where you can practice exciting sports or enjoy the beauty of the historic towns along the coast. On Lake Iseo you can take the boat to Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe, which is100% car free. In Gardone Riviera on Lake Garda, before enjoying an aperitif along the lake you have to visit Vittoriale degli Italiani, the house-museum created by poet Gabriele d’Annunzio. On Lake Idro, you will be charmed by the majestic Rocca d’Anfo a napoleonic fortification dominating the waters.
Brescia is known worldwide for its prestigious wines, protected by several consortia which guarantee their quality.
From Franciacorta to Lugana production area, reaching the Vàltenesi hills: all these areas offer unmistakable, inebriating tastes and aromas and experiences in the shops and wineries to discover our local traditions. Between old farms surrounded by vineyards and guided tours in aging cellars, you can sample locally produced wines alongside cured meats, Alpine cheeses, and other products including the prestigious Lake Garda and Lake Iseo extra-virgin olive oils.
Brescia, your next destination: our province awaits you with many surprises that will make your stay a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable holiday.
Here is the Visit Brescia brochure