Brixia. Archaeological Park of Roman Brescia
In the historic heart of Brescia, the archaeological remains of the monumental buildings of ancient Brixia are still preserved. In Roman times, Brescia was in fact one of the most important cities in northern Italy, located along the so-called via Gallica.
The archaeological park of Roman Brescia is the largest urban archaeological area in northern Italy and allows you to admire the remains of the Republican Sanctuary (1st century BC), the Capitolium (73 AD), the Roman Theater (1st – 3rd century AD) and the pavement of the decumanus maximus, on which Via dei Musei stands today. The area also opens onto today's Piazza del Foro, which retains vestiges of the square from the Roman era (1st century AD).
In addition to these buildings from the Roman age, the area also includes noble palaces from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and modern times that "rise" directly from the ancient ruins (Palazzo Maggi Gambara and Casa Pallaveri, both owned by the municipality).
In the archaeological park, therefore, one can read an uninterrupted stratigraphy of evidence that extends from the 2nd century BC up to the 19th century. Since 2001 the Archaeological Park of Roman Brescia, together with the monumental complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia, have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the site “The Longobards in Italy. The places of power (568-774 AD)”.