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Bed and breakfast accommodation in Brescia Monasteries

• Unique and peaceful Monastery stays like no other

• Enjoy one of a kind guest accommodation in some of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Brescia on the doorstep of some of Italy's most renowned tourist attractions.

• provides a unique opportunity for anyone to stay in beautiful Monastery accommodation across Brescia and the surrounding area, the perfect base for a peaceful, relaxing retreat.

Brescia Visitor information

The Roman Emperor Vespasian established the colony of Brixia in AD 73 and this ancient city, standing at the foot of the Alps, has a strong cultural heritage. This includes some of northern Italy’s finest Roman buildings, two cathedrals, a superb monastic complex and numerous monuments. 

Piazza Paolo VI is the religious heart of Brescia, overlooked by the towering green cupola of the Duomo Nuovo, whose construction spanned over 200 years from 1604. It dwarfs the neighbouring Duomo Vecchio, a beautiful Romanesque cathedral built on a circular plan. Nearby is the Piazza della Vittoria, built by the Fascist regime in the 1930s, and connected by an archway to the lovely Venetian-style Renaissance Piazza Loggia, home to the arcaded town hall. Brescia’s Roman architectural complex comprises the forum area, with its theatre, temple and sanctuary.

History of Brescia

The richness of Brescia’s religious heritage is exemplified in the superb monastic complex of San Salvatore, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. It was founded as a female monastery in 753 by Desiderius and his wife Ansa, the future monarchs of the Lombard kingdom. They were defeated by Charlemagne, who then married their daughter, Desiderata, a union that brought both wealth and influence to the foundation. Alfred the Great visited the monastery on his journey from England to Rome in the 850s. The monastery prospered throughout its existence until its suppression in 1798, successive generations adding to its buildings. 

This resulted in what you see today, an astounding amalgam of architectural styles that includes examples of Roman remains, pre-Romanesque, Romanesque and Renaissance structures. The serenely beautiful 9th century Basilica of San Salvatore stands on the remains of much older buildings, cheek by jowl with its 14th-century bell tower, the 12th-century oratory of Santa Maria in Solario, and the 16th-century church of Santa Giulia,. The entire complex now houses Brescia’s museums.

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