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Santa Giulia, Museo della Città (City Museum):
the entire complex of the Monastery of Saint Giulia, restored and re-opened to the public in recent years, now hosts both the Archaeological Museum and the poly-functional exhibition areas for temporary exhibitions. For the last few years, it’s been one of the most important and most beautiful national exhibition sites. The Archaeological section collects material regarding diverse aspects (archaeology, history, art, architecture, urbanistic) from Brescia and its territory. The Archaeological route is divided into three sections: the Iron-age, the Pre-historic age and the Roman period. Further sections are dedicated to the Longobard, Carolingian and Veneto eras.


Aree Archeologiche (Arhaeological Areas):
apart from the ancient Forum with its Roman Amphitheatre remains, other archaeological areas have been opened to the public in the underground parts of Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco and in the Palazzo at N°3 in the small Labus Square, which corresponds with the ancient senate house from the Flavia era.


Pinacoteca Civica Tosio-Martinengo (Civic Art Gallery):
is housed in Palazzo Martinengo da Barco, at the end of Via Moretto, with entry via the homonymous square. The building dates back to the beginning of the 16th Century, but with additions and variations from the second half of the 17th Century. The collection, dedicated to one of the most important noble families of the City, is also one of the most important in the entire region. There are restoration and re-organising works of the rooms being carried out, so for the whole of 2006 only some of the more important paintings will be available to view on a rotation basis. The exhibition modality may also undergo temporary variations. The collection contains works from the major artists from the Lombard and Veneto areas, from the 15th Century to the end of the first half of the 18th. Added to that, there are the Tosio, Brozzoni and Pitozzi collections, explicitly dedicated to 19th Century art.


Museo “Mille Miglia”:
opened in 2004, it’s a true and proper curiosity. The exhibition not only collects material regarding the historical course, but also period cars which participated in the race. Illustrative panels, ambience reconstructions and multi-media stationing all help in the route visitors take. It’s located in the ex monastery, next to the Church of S. Afra in S. Eufemia, at the end of Corso Magenta.


Civico Museo delle Armi Luigi Marzoli (Civic Arms Museum of Luigi Marzoli):
is housed in the Castle, a powerful fortification that dominates the City from the overlooking Cidnéo Hills. Its present day aspect dates back to the 16th Century.
In the Mastio Visconteo (the ancient tower brought back to its original 14th state by restoration work) the Museum of Arms is housed here.

 

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