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As being the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, Brescia boosts a multitude of historic monuments. Here you can find interesting Roman ruins, the enormous Santa Giulia monastery complex that was declared a world heritage site. It's worth to peek inside the gothic, renaissance and baroque churches or to marvel at the elegance of the piazzas.
Located at the intersection of Corso Giamcomo Matteotti with Via Fratelli Bronzetti, exterior of this church is dominated by a huge neoclassic facade. Although being founded in the 13th century, nothing reminds us of its medieval origins because the church was completely rebuilt in the 18th century. Most visitors come here for a masterwork of Titian.
This Renaissance church got its name from a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary that was once kept there. More than 500 years after its construction, the most important features of the building are its elaborately decorated marble reliefs in the facade and portico making it a must for all visitors of Brescia.
Chiesa San Faustino in Riposo and Porta Brusciata
Also called as the church of Santa Rita, the tiny Romanesque San Faustino is a real gem compressed between residential buildings.
Leaving Piazza Loggia and walking along Via dei Musei (the former decumannus), you'll soon find yourself in the middle of the ancient Roman town of Brixia. The most remarkable sights include the Capitoline temple at the Forum Romanum and the nearby theatre.