The historic center of Brescia is relatively small. Those interested in the Roman history of the city should visit the Via dei Musei. The other streets in the list are the ones with the biggest concentration of monuments and shops.
Via dei Musei
The 800-meter long Via dei Musei is one of the most important streets in the historic center. The street is flanked by a number of Roman monuments, including the Tempio Capitolino and the Forum. Other highlights include the Museo della Città in the Santa Giulia Monastery and the Santa Maria in Solaro Church.
Via San Faustino
Via San Faustina winds through the center of the city. The street forms the link between two important squares, namely the Piazza della Loggia and the Piazzale Cesare Battisti. Already in ancient times this was one of the most important commercial streets of Brescia. It is named after the Santi Faustino and Giovita Church.
The Corsetto Sant’Agata owes its name to the ancient Arian church that was rebuilt there between 1438 and 1472 and where frescoes by Andrea Bembo can be seen. It is a short, straight street that runs slightly uphill. Apart from the church, the Loggia delle Mercanzie is the main attraction on the street.
The Corso Palestro runs right through the southern part of the city center and is about 400 meters long. The street begins at the San Francesco Church and ends at the intersection of Corso Zanardelli and Via Dieci Giornate. It is here that most of the city’s luxury stores can be found.
Corsia del Gambero
The nearly one kilometer long Corsia del Gambero connects Via Moretto and Corso Giuseppe Zanardelli. The street is full of attractions, including six churches, three squares and several other historic buildings. When it was constructed, it was nothing more than an access road for the employees of the Hotel Gambero.
Corso Giuseppe Zanardelli
The Corso Giuseppe Zanardelli was rebaptized in 1904, a year after the death of this former prime minister. Previously, the street, which at the time was the main street of the city, was called Contrada del Gambero, also after the aforementioned hotel. Another name by which the street is known is the Mercato del Vino.
Via Dieci Giornate
Via Dieci Giornate is characterized by its porticos. There are many cafes and stores. Part of it is taken up by the buildings that face the Piazza della Vittoria. Although the street existed as early as the 14th century, it was named after a popular uprising that lasted 10 days, from March 23 to April 1, 1849. The original street was constructed by the Visconti as part of the construction of the Cittadella Nuova.
The Via Moretto runs through the southern part of the historic center. The street is named after local painter Alessandro Bonvicino, who was nicknamed “Moretto.” There are no fewer than six churches and several historic buildings along this street, which is also punctuated by three squares.