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Italy’s Hidden Gem: Brescia, the Capital of Culture 

Brescia, a vibrant city in the Lombardy region of Italy, is not just known for its rich history and stunning architecture. It is also a hub of cultural activity, hosting a wide range of events throughout the year. As the capital of culture for 2023, Brescia is set to showcase its artistic and creative prowess to the world. From music festivals and art exhibitions to sports events and culinary celebrations, Brescia offers something for everyone. So, let’s dive into the exciting calendar of events in Brescia for the upcoming year.

Bergamo and Brescia: Italian Capitals of Culture 2023

In 2023, Brescia shares the prestigious title of Italian Capital of Culture with its neighboring city, Bergamo. This joint celebration aims to promote cultural diversity and revive the spirit of these two enchanting cities. The festivities kick off on January 20th with an inauguration event that symbolizes the future and the power of cultural exchange. Institutions, organizations, and foundations come together to create a synergy of intentions, highlighting the importance of innovation, tolerance, and acceptance. With parallel presentations on connected stages, the Enlightened City project sets the stage for a year filled with artistic marvels.

Art and Culture: Exhibitions and Performances

Brescia is a haven for art enthusiasts, with a plethora of exhibitions and performances taking place throughout the year. The GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Bergamo presents “Rachel Whiteread… And the animals were sold,” an exhibition by the celebrated English artist exploring the relationship between the present and the past. Meanwhile, the Accademia Carrara showcases “Peaks of light: Naoki Ishikawa on the Bergamesque Alps,” a captivating display of nineteenth-century paintings and contemporary photographs.

The Teatro Tascabile in Bergamo presents “The Harlequin’s Cloak,” a theater and participatory art festival featuring renowned international artists such as Kaarina Kaikkonen and Vero Cendoya. In Brescia, the Centro Teatrale Bresciano commemorates the centenary of Italo Calvino’s birth with “The invisible cities. The future is a duty,” a visionary show featuring performances by twenty talented artists.

Musical Extravaganza: Festivals and Concerts
Brescia comes alive with the sound of music throughout the year, hosting a variety of festivals and concerts that cater to different musical tastes. The Festa della Music in Bergamo and Brescia celebrates local artists and offers a diverse range of performances, from classical to contemporary. The Lazzaretto Estate 2023 festival in Bergamo presents fifteen evenings of enchanting music, featuring renowned artists such as Madame, Snarky Puppy, Pat Metheny, Francesca Michielin, and Jethro Tull.

The Cipiesse review in Brescia brings talented musicians like Mr Rain, Coma Cose, Dardast, and Steve Hackett to the stage. Jazz enthusiasts can indulge in the Festival Jazz on the road in Brescia, featuring performances by Jonathan Coel & Artchipel Orchestra, Dave Holland “New Quartet,” Bill Frisell “Four,” and Serena Brancale Quartet. For those seeking a mix of electronic, pop, and experimental music, the Sub Limen festival offers six contemporary performances that push the boundaries of musical genres.

Sports and Recreation: Engaging Events for All

Sports lovers will find plenty to cheer about in Brescia, as the city hosts a range of events that showcase athleticism and provide entertainment for spectators. The Italian International Fire and Rescue Exhibition and the Italy International Fire and Rescue Exhibition, both held in Montichiari, offer an exciting glimpse into the world of security and defense. These exhibitions bring together industry professionals and highlight the latest advancements in firefighting and emergency response.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Market and Exchange Exhibition in Montichiari is a must-visit event. This exhibition caters to vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts, featuring exhibitions, sales, and exchanges of spare parts and accessories. Additionally, the Motors Festival offers adrenaline-pumping displays of speed and power, showcasing the latest developments in the field of medical and pharmaceutical technology.

Culinary Delights: Food and Wine Festivals

Brescia is a gastronomic paradise, and it comes alive with an array of food and wine festivals that celebrate the region’s culinary heritage. The city hosts the Fazi Italian Agricultural Zootechnical Fair, where visitors can indulge in delicious local products and learn about traditional farming practices. The TurismoNatura show promotes eco-sustainable tourism, featuring exhibitors from hotels, agritourisms, and campsites that prioritize sustainability and offer quality experiences to travelers.

Wine lovers should not miss the VinItaly festival in Verona, where they can sample a wide selection of wines and spirits from over 4,000 exhibitors. This event provides an opportunity to discover the best wines on an international level and learn from experts through tastings, masterclasses, and conferences.

Hospitality and Accommodation: Your Stay in Brescia

To fully immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Brescia, it is essential to find comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city. Whether you prefer luxury hotels or cozy apartments, Brescia offers a range of options to suit every traveler’s needs. You can book your stay directly with us on  Airbnb, Booking.com, or Expedia.

For those seeking a home-like experience, short-rental studio flats are a popular choice. These accommodations provide a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the city’s attractions and attending the various events happening throughout the year.

Plan Your Visit: Embrace the Magic of Brescia

With its rich cultural heritage, vibrant arts scene, and exciting events, Brescia is a city that captivates visitors from around the world. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a music lover, a sports fan, or a foodie, Brescia offers a diverse range of experiences that will leave you wanting more. So, mark your calendars and start planning your visit to Brescia, the Capital of Culture for 2023. Immerse yourself in the beauty, history, and warmth of this enchanting city, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Embrace History, Culture, and Beauty in Brescia: Italy’s Hidden Gem

Brescia: 2023 Capital of Culture

This 2023 Brescia has been sharing the title of Italy’s Capital of Culture with its neighbour, Bergamo. This historic and picturesque city, nestled in the Lombardy region, offers a plethora of cultural, historical, and natural attractions for visitors to explore. Whether you are a history buff, an art lover, or simply seeking a unique Italian experience, Brescia has something for everyone. Book your short stay at www.bresciasholidayhouse.it and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Brescia’s culture and history.

A Glimpse into Brescia’s Past

Brescia’s history is a fascinating blend of Roman, Lombard, and Venetian influences. As you stroll through the city, you will discover numerous archaeological sites, UNESCO World Heritage monuments, and architectural gems that bear witness to Brescia’s storied past.

Roman Ruins and Lombard Monuments

Brescia is home to several important Roman ruins, including the impressive Roman Forum and the archaeological area of Capitolium, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also boasts several Lombard monuments, such as the medieval monastery and church of Saint Salvatore and Saint Giulia, which together form an important part of Brescia’s cultural heritage.

Venetian Walls and Medieval Squares

In addition to its Roman and Lombard heritage, Brescia’s cityscape is adorned with well-preserved Venetian walls and charming medieval squares. These architectural marvels transport visitors back in time and provide a captivating backdrop for exploring Brescia’s rich history.

Celebrating Brescia’s Culture

As the 2023 Capital of Culture, Brescia has prepared an exciting program of events and initiatives, designed to showcase the city’s cultural wealth and inspire a sense of community. From art exhibitions and music festivals to opera performances and public square installations, there is always something happening in Brescia.

Art Exhibitions

Throughout 2023, Brescia’s galleries and museums will host a diverse array of art exhibitions. The Accademia Carrara gallery, for example, will present “Cecco del Caravaggio: The Model Student,” the first-ever show dedicated to an early follower of Caravaggio, while the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art will feature the “Trilogy of Matter,” an exploration of dematerialization and emptiness in art.

Music Festivals and Opera Performances

Brescia’s 2023 cultural calendar includes a variety of music festivals and opera performances. The 60th edition of the Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, for instance, will commence in April, while the Donizetti Night in June will celebrate Bergamo-born composer Gaetano Donizetti with concerts, shows, and projections. The Teatro Grande, an ornate theater in Brescia, will also host a new production of “Madama Butterfly” in July.

Public Square Installations and Light Festivals

Public squares and open spaces in Brescia have been transformed into vibrant cultural hubs through installations and light festivals. One such event is the Festival of Lights, a sustainable and renewable energy-powered light show that took place in February, promoting conversations around energy consumption.

Discovering Brescia’s Natural Beauty

Brescia’s natural landscape is just as alluring as its cultural offerings. With a stunning backdrop of mountains, lakes, and vineyards, the city is an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Lakes and Mountains

The picturesque Lake Iseo, located just a short drive from Brescia, offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy water sports, scenic walks, or simply relax by the water’s edge. For those seeking more adventurous pursuits, the nearby mountains provide excellent hiking, cycling, and skiing opportunities throughout the year.

Vineyards and Wine Tasting

Brescia is situated in the heart of the Franciacorta wine region, renowned for its sparkling wine production. Visitors can explore the area’s vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and sample some of the finest wines Italy has to offer.

Exploring Brescia’s Culinary Scene

A trip to Brescia would not be complete without sampling its delectable local cuisine. From traditional dishes to modern interpretations, Brescia’s culinary scene is sure to delight your taste buds.

We recommend:
Ristorante Al Frate
Osteria da Ceco
Pizzeria Al Duomo
Antica Osteria La Grotta

Local Delicacies

Brescia’s gastronomic offerings include regional specialties such as polenta and casoncelli, a type of fresh pasta. For an authentic taste of Brescia, visit local eateries such as Baretto di San Vigilio and Osteria Aneti in Bergamo or Trattoria Porteri and Osteria al Bianchi in Brescia.

Wine and Aperitivo

In addition to its world-class wines, Brescia is also known for its signature cocktail, the pirlo. Made with still white wine and Campari liqueur, this refreshing drink is best enjoyed at local establishments like Laboratorio Lanzani or Belle Epoque.

Finding the Perfect Accommodation in Brescia

Brescia offers a range of lodging options to suit all tastes and budgets. Staying within the city center or nearby neighborhoods like Porta Cremona or Borgo Trento is highly recommended, as it allows easy access to Brescia’s cultural and historical attractions. To make your stay even more memorable, consider booking your accommodation at www.bresciasholidayhouse.it.

Exploring Brescia’s Surroundings

Brescia’s strategic location in the Lombardy region makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby cities and attractions. The neighboring city of Bergamo, for example, is easily accessible by train and offers its own array of cultural and historical treasures. The Cammino Bergamo-Brescia, a new 80-mile path for walkers and cyclists, also connects the two cities and offers a scenic route through rural villages and breathtaking landscapes.

Making the Most of Your Brescia Experience

In conclusion, Brescia is a captivating city that combines history, culture, and natural beauty in a truly unique way. As Italy’s 2023 Capital of Culture, Brescia invites visitors to immerse themselves in its rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene. Book your short stay at www.bresciasholidayhouse.it and prepare for a memorable and enriching Italian experience.

Brescia Bergamo – Culture capitals of Italy 2023: Opening Events

from 20/01/2023 to 22/01/2023

Brescia – City Centre, Brescia, 25121


The inaugural ceremony of the Year of Culture of Bergamo and Brescia will be held simultaneously at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and at the Teatro Grande in Brescia, connected to each other. It will be a single ceremony with two stages broadcasted live on television.


Thousands of people will pour into the squares and streets of Bergamo and Brescia to attend a variety of art and entertainment events that will transform the two city centers into widespread and open-air stages.

In the morning and in the first part of the afternoon the program will be the same in the two cities. At 11, thousands of primary school children will sing a hymn written by authors from Bergamo and Brescia, dedicated to Bergamo Brescia, the Italian capital of Culture. The anthem of the Capital will be performed simultaneously in Piazza della Loggia in Brescia and in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Bergamo.

In the afternoon, from 4 pm, the event will move to the historic center for the great Parade of 4 parades. Four processions characterized by the colors of the Bergamo Brescia logo – each made up of thousands of people – will parade from 4 cardinal points of the two cities to converge, respectively, towards Piazza della Loggia, in Brescia, and Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in Bergamo. The popular processions will also be accompanied by dancers and musical bands and will end, once gathered in the two squares, with the execution by the musicians of the Italian anthem.

Subsequently, the two events will diverge, in a specific way for each city.

In Brescia, celebrations in the square

Under the banner of community and the collectivity, the second part of the day in Brescia will be a “choral” and public event, in every sense.

From 17.30 to 19 in Piazza della Loggia there will be a Gala-Concert with the participation of some of the main artists of the Brescia music scene. Hosted by Ambra Angiolini, Brescian by adoption, the event will take place on a large stage scenically integrated into the “Loggia” overlooking the square. Important Brescian artists such as Francesco Renga, Fausto Leali, Frah Quintale, ComaCose, Mr. Rain and others to be defined will perform. There will also be other illustrious citizens of Brescia, personalities from the world of entertainment and culture.

In the evening, starting at 20, the party will continue in Piazza Vittoria, transformed into a monumental installation of images, lights and music with a multimedia aquarium theme and crowned by a show of aerial dances, fireworks and widespread video projections . The installation will also be viewable on Sunday 22 January.

For the whole day Bergamo and Brescia will open the doors of all places of culture. Exceptionally theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries, foundations and many other entities will be open to the public and will host exhibitions, conferences and exhibitions. A moment of widespread and pervasive culture that will officially inaugurate the year of the Italian Capital of Culture 2023.

So if you are thinking about what to do in 2023? Come and join the year-long party at Brescia…

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