Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brescia could of been home

Brescia is the second largest city in Italy's Lombardy region (after Milan). Often overlooked by tourists, Brescia has the making of a great town with a castle, Roman ruins, Renaissance squares, and a medieval city center. This was originally going to be our destination to live instead of Milan, so I was eager to see what 'could of been'.

Town Hall
Palazzo della Loggia, or simply the Lodge, is a Renaissance palace site in the square, now home to the municipal council of Brescia.  It is said to be the city's prettiest square and was built in the 15th century. This is where we had a lovely lunch of mixed bruschetta and reflected on our lovely Lake Garda holiday.
Enjoying the view of the piazza over lunch

Market in the piazza

Torre dell'Orologio or the clock tower, was modelled on the campanile in Venice's Piazza San Marco.

Porta Bruciata, in one corner, is a medieval tower and gate.

We decided to call it a day when the rain started, and being a Sunday, everything appeared to be closed.  So the verdict on Brescia?  Ummm... We visited Brescia.  I love Milan.

"Can we go home now?"

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