Brescia

  • Brescia is located in the high plain of Po, at the exit of the Val Trompia, and at the foot of Mount Maddalena and Cidneo Hill
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  • The Old Dome is the pro-cathedral of Brescia. Its construction began in the 11th century above the old basilica, whose original Romanesque structure has remained intact.
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  • Wine production accounts for the largest agricultural sector in Brescia's food industry
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  • Brescia currently produces a DOCG wine (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), the Franciacorta, eight DOC wines (Controlled Designation of Origin), and six IGT wines (a local designation).
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  • The province of Brescia, the second biggest in the region by its size, is heavily agricultural.
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  • The 'New Dome', or Santa Maria Assunta Summer Cathedral, is the main church in Brescia and is adjacent to the pro-cathedral, or 'old Dome'
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  • Known as Brixia by the Romans, before becoming a free commune during the Middle Ages and then coming under the rule of the della Scala and subsequently the Visconti family, Brescia finally joined the Republic of Venice in 1428. Archaeological excavations have unearthed the remains of the Forum, the ancient theatre and the Capitoline Temple, while the largest and most important buildings of the historical ...
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Known as Brixia by the Romans, before becoming a free commune during the Middle Ages and then coming under the rule of the della Scala and subsequently the Visconti family, Brescia finally joined the Republic of Venice in 1428. Archaeological excavations have unearthed the remains of the Forum, the ancient theatre and the Capitoline Temple, while the largest and most important buildings of the historical centre date back to the flourishing Venetian period when the city became enriched with artistic contributions from the lagoon. The Loggia, on the Renaissance-style square that bears the same name, is probably the most valued monument in the city. The former institutional headquarters during La Serenissima, and today the headquarters of the city, it displays Palladian architecture and reaffirms the political domination of Venice. A magnificent example of this school of colour originating in Veneto, the Polyptyque Averoldi, painted by Titian in 1522, is kept in San Nazaro e Celso Church.

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