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A surprising number of classical structures remain from ancient Brixia, built by the Romans in the first century AD, including the forum (Piazza del Foro), the Capitolium temple, reconstructed from four of its six original columns and pediment. Next to the Capitolium is the 3rd-century Teatro Romano, remnants of the Roman East Gate and part of the Roman main street, the Decumanus Maximus. Just beyond, the Civici Musei d'Arte e Storia Santa Giulia brings together the city’s historic treasures in a former monastery that covers the excavated complex of Roman homes with multiple mosaic floors. In the museum is an outstanding Winged Victory, ...

A surprising number of classical structures remain from ancient Brixia, built by the Romans in the first century AD, including the forum (Piazza del Foro), the Capitolium temple, reconstructed from four of its six original columns and pediment. Next to the Capitolium is the 3rd-century Teatro Romano, remnants of the Roman East Gate and part of the Roman main street, the Decumanus Maximus. Just beyond, the Civici Musei d'Arte e Storia Santa Giulia brings together the city’s historic treasures in a former monastery that covers the excavated complex of Roman homes with multiple mosaic floors. In the museum is an outstanding Winged Victory, architectural pieces from the first century BC and exceptional jewelry and goldwork, the highlight of which is the jeweled gold Cross of Desiderio. Medieval, late Gothic and Renaissance periods are covered in the extraordinary collections, all beautifully displayed. The 11th-century round Duomo Vecchio, called the Rotonda, has exceptional carved wooden choir stalls and the nearby Piazza Loggia recalls the city’s years under Venetian rule, with 15th-century colonnades by Sansovino and Palladio. The unusual clock tower’s two wooden "Macc de le ure" ("crazy time keepers") have been in working order since 1581. Above, the 13th-century Castello contains museums of ancient arms and the Risorgiamento. Art lovers will appreciate the works by Dali, Chagall, Picasso and Matisse in the Museo d'Arte Moderno e Contemporario.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Brescia is a year-round destination; summer can be very hot, and winter rainy, but many of the attractions are indoors.