Known as the “Lioness of Italy”, Brescia is a smart, hard-working city. An important iron and steel center of the Po valley, it also boasts a great artistic heritage (including the remains of ancient Roman Brixia and many eighteenth-century churches), a wide range of nature trails (Franciacorta, Lake Garda, Camonica valley, Trompia valley) and food and wine tours. Ideally situated between Milan and Verona, close to the largest Italian lake, Lake Garda, and near the most important highways, Brescia is very close to the major cities of northern Italy, such as Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Venice which are just a short train or car journey away.
The historic center of Brescia bears witness to its Roman and Longobard origins for which it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is home to museums, monuments and buildings of great artistic and architectural interest (for example the Castle). The city has an impressive mixture of styles and historic periods: the archaeological site of the Capitoline Temple and the Domus dell’Ortaglia stand next to imposing medieval structures, such as the Monastery of Santa Giulia or the Church of Santa Maria in Solario. Home to three of the greatest masters of the Italian Renaissance, Romanino, Moretto and Savoldo, Brescia boasts a valuable artistic heritage: reference to the “school of Brescia” indicates the concrete style used to focus on man and nature, with a realistic eye and particular attention to the effects of light.
The impressive main squares (Piazza della Loggia, Piazza della Vittoria and Piazza Duomo) contain historical and religious buildings of different ages, such as the Broletto, the Old Cathedral, the New Cathedral, the Palazzo della Loggia and the Clock Tower.
Verona is a city that, even though in continuous modern expansion, preserves values and shapes related to an ancient past of medieval and renaissance splendor. The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, that Shakespeare set in the Verona of the noble family of Della Scala, makes the city a preferred destination for many tourists. City of Art and rich in history, it maintains a mixture of architectural styles along its streets: Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical until the liberty of the early twentieth century.
Verona is the proud home of the Arena, the best preserved Roman amphitheater in Italy. Not only does the ancient architecture or the atmosphere of the narrow streets and squares impress the visitors but they are also amazed by the flavors and the tastes of a unique local cuisine that remains traditional and unchanged over time and makes indissoluble the bond with the famous wines of Verona which are appreciated throughout the world.
Elegant, vital and romantic, Venice has been for more than a millennium the capital of the Republic of Venice, known as La Serenissima, La Dominante (the Dominant) and La Regina dell’Adriatico (the Queen of the Adriatic Sea). Thanks to its artistic heritage it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and together with its lagoon has been awarded World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It attracts a very high flow of tourists, especially coming from abroad. The peculiarity of Venice is definitely its conformation; it consists of 118 small islands connected to each other by more than 400 bridges.
The heart of the city is the magnificent Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) with its famous cafes and surrounded by valuable art works which make it one of the most elegant salons of Europe.
Bergamo, with about 480,000 inhabitants, is the fourth largest municipality in the Lombardy region, following Milan, Brescia and Monza. Two separate parts form the city, a hilltop town and a downhill center which are linked to each other by history and countless streets, alleys and stairways.
The Upper City (Città Alta) is medieval and its historic center is surrounded by walls; the Lower City (Città Bassa), which is also of ancient origin, appears more modern thanks to urbanization works. The vantage points of the Civic Tower (Torre Civica), the Fortress (Rocca) and the Tower of Gombito (Torre del Gombito) offer lovely views of the plain and the Alps.
It’s a city that must be discovered for the beauty of its places, the environment and the quality of life that make it a people-oriented city.
Milan is the second largest city in Italy after Rome and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.
It is known as the economic pole of the country and the city of work; in addition, it is the city of fashion and with its shopping streets and showrooms it is a point of reference for design, contemporary art and exhibition centers.
Milan was founded by the Insubres at the beginning of the sixth century BC and was then conquered by the Romans. It has beautiful monuments and historical buildings known around the world, including the Cathedral with its golden Madonnina, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture and the emblem of the city, the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), the Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala) and the famous canals (Navigli).