Perched on Cidneo Hill, in a natural environment that serves as one of the "green lungs" of the city, the Castle of Brescia is one of the most interesting fortified complexes in northern Italy, in which signs of the various periods of domination are still evident.
The central keep, the impressive crenelated walls and the tower provide clues about the influence of the Visconti family, while the massive ramparts and monumental 16th-century entrance with drawbridge bear witness to the power of the Venetian Republic, which ruled the city for more than four centuries.
The famous site of the Ten Days of Brescia revolt, the Castle has cast off any traces of its belligerent legacy and instead offers visitors the opportunity to stroll on its rolling slopes. The hilltop can be reached from the centre of the old city centre, in piazzetta Tito Speri, by means of the Sant'Urbano district.
Inside, the castle will surprise visitors with tiny streets full of mystery, hidden spaces and one of the most compelling views, which scans the entire town, overlooking the slopes of Ronchi and its valleys.
Inside, it is possible to visit two museums. The Museum of the Risorgimento, the Grande Miglio building, displays relics and documents from the Risorgimento period, particularly concerning the historical events that involved Brescia and its territory from the Age of Napoleon to the Unification of Italy. In the Arms Museum, inside the Visconti Keep and on top of the fortress, one of the richest European collections of ancient weapons and armour is on display.
Be sure not to miss the tour of the towers and the "Strada del Soccorso", a Visconti escape route marked by the sieges that occurred throughout the city's history.
Following the paths of the Castle, you will also discover its balanced eclecticism; one of the city's oldest and finest vineyards, on a slope of the hill, naturally co-exists with Roman remains, such as a group of olive oil tanks, the medieval ramparts and a 1909 railway locomotive, known as the "Prigioniera del Falco d'Italia".
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