Brescia is the 2nd city in Lombardy for extension and importance, and the 3rd industrial area in Italy, counting its territory too. Thanks to its enviable geographical position ? at the centre of Northern Italy, at the foot of the Alps and between two among the most important Italian lakes ? lake Garda and lake Iseo ? Brescia had always been a crossing of the main roads connecting the Northern Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean to the Middle East. For centuries had these roads been travelled throughout by merchants, pilgrims and travellers coming from all Europe: a time period of 10.000 years, from the Prehistory to the 3rd Millennium, the 21st Century.
As well as having a long-lasting tradition of handicraft, trade and industry, Brescia owns a rich artistic wealth. Brescia, a precious case full of works of art : what an amazing discovery. In the town centre are still highly visible the traces of the ancient people who lived here : the Romans, the Longobards, the Venetians, the Austrian, The great strategic importance of Brescia through the centuries is witnessed by extraordinary buildings, such as the Roman imposing excavations; the two great Cathedrals; the medieval Castle; the 15th century Loggia Palace; and also monasteries, churches, public squares and museums ? among which noteworthy are S. Giulia City Museum and the Tosio?-?Martinengo Picture Gallery (at present closed for restoration), where Renaissance masterpieces by local painters are kept. Almost every palace in Brescia had been built using snow-white Botticino marble ? a valuable local marble ? which makes Brescia one-of-a-kind among the art cities of Northern Italy.